Spouses as Business Partners
A family-owned business can make or break a marriage since this can bring all the benefits and the stress of a business to you and your spouse. As the only owners of the business, all the profit earned will be kept within the family. However, overcoming all the hurdles, difficulties and the tension of maintaining the business will rest on both of your shoulders. Here are some tips and reminders on spouses as business partners so you can enjoy the benefits of the business with less of the headaches.
Be clear with the vision and objectives of the family business. Make sure that both of you have the same understanding of what the business is and what it stands for. This will come in handy if you need to resolve any differences within your business transaction or operations.
If there are other conflicts that are difficult to resolve, accept the fact that there are some cases that a consensus simply cannot be reached. Prepare to compromise and don’t dwell on it any further.
Divide the tasks and responsibilities of the business between you and your spouse. Assert your expertise and knowledge on a certain field but also acknowledge the fact that your spuse have his/her own expertise as well. Also remember that no one should feel threatened with the professional competence of the other. Both of you are working towards the prosperity of the business and there should be no room for envy and jealousy since this will ony prove to be detrimental to your business.
Put your relationship first and try not to eat, breathe and sleep business. Make sure that you and your spouse still have time together for much needed rest and partner and family bonding. Your marriage should be the number one priority since this is what keeps you family together and not the business.
April 11, 2011 Monday at 4:12 pm