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 Mom entrepreneurs and their husbands must establish three crucial boundaries.


At first, I thought having my spouse Terry work full-time with me in our business would be effortless. I was confident that we could handle it because our relationship was already founded on trust, communication, and mutual respect.


Mom entrepreneurs and their husbands must establish three crucial boundaries.
 Mom entrepreneurs and their husbands must establish three crucial boundaries.


Moreover, we both shared a deep dedication to our work, and we agreed to support each other with managing household chores and taking care of our children while working. We even planned ahead for possible income fluctuations to avoid tension over finances. Nevertheless, I was not fully prepared for what was to come.


If you are thinking of collaborating with your partner as a business owner, there are three crucial limits that Entrepreneurial Couples should follow to make the adaptation smoother:

Establish clear boundaries for work and personal life.


The process of working together with your spouse can be a challenging one, as it involves blurring the lines between personal and professional territories. Each of you likely have your own established working style and have experienced individual victories in your careers. However, once you team up with your partner, there is a new aspect to your relationship that requires a certain level of adjustment. It's possible that you will discover differences in your work styles and skill sets that you had not previously realized.


For example, while Terry is skilled in technology and writing, I excel in interpersonal relationships and administrative tasks. It took some time for us to learn how to work with these differences in our approach to work. Just like when we first got married, we had to get to know each other in a whole new way in order to achieve success as partners in business.

Beth Butler, who is the creator of the Boca Beth Program, provides useful advice on how to establish clear expectations with one's spouse.


Mom entrepreneurs and their husbands must establish three crucial boundaries.
 Mom entrepreneurs and their husbands must establish three crucial boundaries.


One of her methods involves preparing lunch for both of them daily, during which they discuss pressing matters related to Boca Beth.


This is an opportunity for them to reconnect since her husband works for a wine company from home while she shares her enthusiasm for second language learning with children from home. They use this time to talk about their plans for the following day to avoid surprises and for her to request help from her husband. Butler emphasizes the importance of being specific when asking for help, as it is unfair to expect him to guess what she needs.


2. Schedule time for love.


Entrepreneurial couples often find themselves spending less time together compared to before. Even if they work in the same office, they may have limited personal conversations. Taking short breaks such as going for a walk or having coffee together can greatly help in maintaining their relationship. It's important to schedule time for each other as they may get occupied with their business. For Terry and the speaker, they plan ahead for lunch or coffee breaks to avoid neglecting their relationship while working on projects. Although they haven't been able to schedule regular dates yet, they intend to prioritize it to keep their relationship healthy.

 

Mom entrepreneurs and their husbands must establish three crucial boundaries.
 Mom entrepreneurs and their husbands must establish three crucial boundaries.


3. Schedule time for yourself.


It can be surprising to suddenly have a lot of time with your spouse. Before, they would leave early in the morning and return in the evening, and you would talk about your day during dinner. Now, you spend most, if not all, of your time with them, and there's nothing new to talk about during dinner. You might wonder when you'll have time for yourself. Karyn Fagan, the founder of Team Women, suggests that having hobbies outside of the house is important for

both partners to have time apart.



Although Terry and I still have a lot to learn as a couple in the world of entrepreneurship, we have successfully surpassed the initial period of excitement. Our focus is on collaborating to achieve our personal and professional aspirations. We are both aware that by assisting each other, we will get closer to achieving our goals at a faster rate, and thus, we offer support whenever necessary.



Summary:


Adhering to these fundamental limits can assist couples who run businesses together in making the transition smoother.


Keywords:


Work at home, entrepreneurs, home-based business, Terilee Harrison, The Business Mom Guide Book






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