Top tips for Working with Your Partner or Spouse
Have you ever worked alongside your partner, spouse, husband or wife? How was that experience? Did you swear that you would never do it again or are you still in business with your partner?
I have worked alongside my husband and the father of my children Tom Zettler for the past 5 years and we have certainly had our share of ups and downs, trials and tribulations. We’ve really had to figure things along the way, and think on our feet as there seems to be no real manual or guide to this type of thing.
But more and more I am seeing partners in love being partners in business and I truly believe it’s a topic we need to bring into our awareness more, because an open dialogue is often the first step in bridging any issues.
So here are my top tips for couples in love and in business.
Know each other’s working styles – If one of you loves to get up early and and the other is a nightowl, it may be best to confirm that from the start. There will be plenty more room for compromise without needing to change each other’s natural preferences as well.
Figure out the division of labour – Who will handle what depends entirely on making sure you honour each other’s skill sets. This will promote clarity regarding roles and objectives, which allows for a sense of autonomy and responsibility.
Write down all of your concerns about working with your partner and have an open discussion – maybe don’t start with this exercise, but by all means incorporate it as a vital planning step.
Schedule personal time – This is especially true if you are in a partnership with children. If you are in business, chances are that you’re putting a lot of hours into it, so be sure to work on your personal and heart connections as well.
Practice your communication skills – Do you know what your partner’s love language is? How are you best able to get your message across to them in a calm and respectful way? Can you speak your truth without fear of judgement and retaliation?