Are you both thinking about running a business together? Great! This is a smart thing to do and as well as a risky thing to do. So it will benefit you both to understand what it will take for you both to achieve your goals. Working together means being on the same page and having the same understanding.
What's important to know is that most couples do not know how to work in a business together. Sure, it is important to define your roles and make sure you are both on the same page, but have you both defined your values in your work place? Do you both know what you will and will not do at your place of business?
The environment you create while work together will either have you going belly up or thriving. Most couples do not look at the culture they want to create. Running a business together as a couple mean knowing up front, what it is you will be building together. It's knowing how you want your spouse, employees and clients to feel while working and doing business with you.
This requires a deep conversation regarding your values together in business. You want to align both of your values to a business and although this may seem obvious, it is hardly a conversation with many couples. In fact most couples do not talk about it at all and it is an important part of developing your business culture.
Maybe you do not want to start a business that is in a certain industry because you do not agree or align with it, like a liquor store or porn website. Then you must voice your concerns to your partner. This is so important to understand because you will be sabotaging your efforts by not saying anything and not being aligned with the business you're starting together. If this happens, then the environment that you both work in becomes silently sour simply because one of you does not align with the values of the business.
You will empower your relationship and have a great chance of business success when your business aligns with your values. You'll want to both be proud of what you are doing. It helps add meaning to your business. It helps create a great working environment when the owners are proud of what they are doing. When your business empowers you to work together, you will achieve success together.