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How to manage starting a business with your husband or significant other?


Hello, this is Laura Lee Rose – author of TimePeace: Making peace with time – and I am a business and efficiency coach that specializes in time management, project management and work-life balance strategies. I help busy professionals and entrepreneurs create effective systems so that they can comfortably delegate to others, be more profitable and have time to enjoy life even if they don’t have time to learn new technology or train their staff.  I have a knack for taking big ideas and converting them into smart, sound, and actionable ideas.


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Today’s comment came from a busy professional and an entrepreneur:

How to manage starting a business with your husband or significant other?

Like many advice against going into business with your friends, I’m sure they advise against going into business your husband. Too late, I already did! We started our own Vermont Maple Syrup product line in Florida where we live and we hope to expand in the south. While I love him very much, it can be difficult to leave our work at work at the end of the day. How do you manage a work / life balance when your work and personal life overlap so often?

Don’t Fight It

It’s difficult to “not talk” about what you are passionate about – with your best friend. You’ve started your own business because you love what you are doing, and you are doing it with someone you love. Therefore, my recommendation isn’t to fight the desire to talk about things you love. Unlike a regular “work-day” – your work is tied to your passion.

One recommendation is to forget about leaving work at work — instead block off quality “non-work” time. By this I mean, agree not to talk about work at certain personal times and locations.

For instance (pick one or more):

  • In the bedroom
  • At the dinner table when eating with the family
  • When you are at your children’s events

Balanced Work/Life doesn’t mean Separate Work and Life

A balance work/life strategy doesn’t mean separating work from your personal life. Work (whether we like it or not) is part of our everyday life. To treat is as something separate from our daily lives is not beneficial. The core concept behind “work/life balance” is just being fully in the moment at any given time.  When you are focused on your work – stay focused on your work. When you are focused on your family – stay focused on your family. When you are focused on your community service – stay focused on those things.

Start blocking out time in your calendar for the imperatives in your life. If it’s important to you, it should be on your calendar with a date/time and time length on it. This way, your imperatives will not be overlooked by the everyday trivia.

Isolating specific events that you deliberately want to focus on something other than work – will allow you to keep your work/life balance strategy while still being enthusiastic about your life choices.
When you are at your children’s dance recital – you want to be fully in that moment and taking in your children’s talent and growth. When you are sharing important topics with your loved ones at the dinner table – you want to be fully in that moment. When the children are at the table, you want to focus on their stories. When it’s just you and your partner – who is to say that sharing news about the projects you are most passionate about don’t belong as part of those moments?

Have an agreed strategy

Talk with your partner and agree upon when/where you will “not talk shop”. You will find that there will be more opportunities to talk about work in your personal life than you originally thought. Just make sure it doesn’t interview with the other important moments in your lives.

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About the Author

Laura is a Corporate Exit Strategist for the Blooming Entrepreneur. She is a certified business and personal life coach, specializing in time management skills, project management training and work/life balance strategies. She has been in the software and testing industry for over 20 years. She’s worked with such companies as IBM, Ericsson, Staples, Fidelity Investments and Sogeti in various client advocacy and project management roles. The techniques she uses in her business coaching and client advocacy work saved these companies both time and money, which resulted in on-time, quality product delivery with higher client satisfaction. Laura now uses her client focus, project, quality and people management skills in her personal life coaching career. As a personal life coach, she helps people transform their life by integrating their goals and dreams into their everyday lives. Laura uses creative and practical tools to help her clients realize what really matters to them. She helps others to easily transition into their next chapter whether it’s the next ladder of success within their corporate environment or into the entrepreneurial playground. I am not a fan of choosing to act in spite of fear. Rather, together we will collaborate toward a plan of inspired action. We will develop a plan together that you feel confident and excited about. For us, Taking The Leap will be magical, exhilarating and natural. If you are eager to take that next logical step but are unsure what it is signup for the Corporate Exit Strategy Coaching group. We have books, tapes, training materials, twice-monthly group coaching events, 3-day workshops, and individual coaching sessions to help you on your way toward your freedom and prosperity.
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