You've probably heard that "love and business don't mix," but that's not entirely true. More and more couples decide to start a business together, and all it takes is a plan that builds the relationship and takes into account the work commitment.
If you and your partner want to start a business but aren't sure if you're ready, here are the pros and cons of starting a business together, as well as other ways to get what you want without hurting your relationship.
Pros of starting a business with your partner
Trust will be a strength
To run a business well, you need to trust your partner. When you start a business with your partner, you don't have to worry about this, since he or she is probably one of the people you trust the most and can count on to work as a team toward the same goal. This means that dividing up functions, tasks, and responsibilities won't be a problem, unlike when you work with a friend or acquaintance.
New bonds unite you
Working on a project together will help you get to know each other better and make your relationship stronger. However, it's important to know how to keep work and personal time separate.
Less wear and tear
To start a business, you must, among other things, come up with a plan, find clients, choose employees, and stay in charge. In other words, if you want the business to run well, you will have to put in a lot of time, effort, and dedication, so your partner will not only keep you going but also be your biggest support.
Whether you run your business from home or an office, working together will make some things easier, like planning tasks, taking care of personal things, and solving problems, because you won't have to give them to someone else.
Cons of starting a business with your partner
There is a fine line
When you start a business with your partner, one of the biggest problems is that if you aren't careful, problems in the business can easily spill over into your personal life and vice versa. This is why it is important to set boundaries.
A lot of time together
Some couples think that the best way for their relationship to work is for them to spend time apart so they don't get bored or fed up with each other. To make sure this doesn't happen when you start your business, you should make a plan with different spaces or things to do so you don't get stuck in a rut.
Lack of diversification
Couples who start a business together often make the mistake of putting all their hopes and financial goals on one bet. If the business fails or something unexpected happens, both of their incomes could be at risk.
How to start a business with your partner and not kill each other in the process
As we've already seen, not everyone can start a business with their partner. But if you and your partner are determined to start this adventure, we'll give you some tips so you don't kick the bucket trying.
Set limits on how your relationship affects the business. It's important to set limits on things like working hours and who does what. This will help everyone get along better.
Things that go wrong in business stay in business. For your relationship and business to work well, you should both agree not to bring work problems home with you. Any problems that come up at work should stay at work.
Shared vision and goals. Talk about where you want the business to go. This will help you fight for it and set goals that will get you there.
Clear the books. This will help each other find a middle ground and avoid a fight.
Trust shouldn't be blind in business or love. Even if you trust your partner, that doesn't mean you should let them take unjustified time off or do other things that could hurt the business.