SupportBiz lists eight effective tips for ensuring domestic harmony for entrepreneur couples.
- Collaborate for a cause.
The fact that you and your spouse own different businesses does not mean that you should not work together for a common cause. See if both of you can work on a business activity or a social cause together. This will give you time with each other, and also help in improving understanding.
- Respect each other’s commitments.
For an entrepreneurial couple’s domestic harmony, it is essential that both partners respect their spouse’s commitments. Do not consider your spouse’s business, work, customers or deadlines as inferior to yours. Help your partner work around his/her commitments by handling household-related matters during those difficult times.
- Be involved in your spouse’s world.
As it is important not to encroach upon your spouse’s work space, it is crucial to be involved in their world too. Know the activities that your spouse is involved in at different periods of it, and what he/she is going through. Occasionally, attend a conference with him/her, or help him/her in doing a particular business activity.
- Carve out couple time.
When both partners are entrepreneurs, it is all too easy to get overly involved in work and not be able to spend quality time with your spouse. Avoid this, and make time for your partner on a regular basis. If you cannot make it to vacations together, ensure that you make the time at least for an unhurried breakfast or dinner or a visit to the nearby park together. Avoid talking about business when you are with your spouse, and resist the urge to respond to business e-mails or return phone calls during this time.
- Divide household responsibilities.
Entrepreneurial couples would do well to divide the household responsibilities among themselves. This would avoid the entire burden falling on the shoulders of one partner, which will ultimately only lead to frustration and resentment.
- Befriend each other’s employees.
Make it a point to befriend your spouse’s employees and other business-related contacts. This way, both of you can go to business meetings and other events together. Combining your social life with business will give you more time to spend with each other.
- Schedule well.
Schedule picnics, family meetings and such other activities where you need to make an appearance together well, considering both of your work calendars and available free time. Do not plan an activity in such a way that it causes a hindrance to your spouse in his/her business.
- Allow your spouse his/her work space.
Allow your spouse the privacy and peace they require to manage their own work space. Do not interfere in the business-related decisions he/she takes, even if you do not agree with them. Offer suggestions and/or ideas whenever necessary, but do not force them.