When couples work together, it’s either feast or famine in the compatibility department. This week, John and I will celebrate (along with family and friends) our 40th wedding anniversary.
On and off during those 40 years, we have worked together on certain projects; and for the past 20 years, we have been by each other’s side day and night, working on our studio projects.
It hasn’t always been easy in the work department — we still bicker with each other from time to time — but all in all, we make it. If I had to pick 3 traits of our success, it would be these:
First, we have the same vision for our present — and for our future. We’re always working toward a goal (a new car, retirement, etc.), and that’s what keeps us on the same page.
Second, we try whenever possible to share duties based on individual strengths.
Third, we have a good time together.
I wish the same for you.
Working together as a couple has its challenges, but it can be extremely rewarding and even fun when it works out. Some quick tips: Set goals together and agree upon them (sample: short term, list 50 items a week; long term, build second eBay store). Have separate work territory if possible (e.g., guest room vs. kitchen). Split daily routine depending on partner’s schedule and skills (she lists/he takes pictures, etc.). Draw some lines between work and play. Make deadlines, and stick to them. Business lunches are OK, and working during them is fine; however, you need date and family time as well. Sit down and look over your goals each month to see if you need to make adjustments. Change your mindset of believing that there needs to be a boss. That’s a myth. By working together and respecting each other’s time and talents, a couple can find an amazing lifestyle.