Business With Bae: 8 Couples Share The Keys To Building An Empire Together

Business With Bae: 8 Couples Share The Keys To Building An Empire Together

Let's take it to an infamous line in Jay-z and Beyonce classic '03 Bonnie & Clyde:

"Cause mami's a rider and I'm a roller

Put us together – how they gon' stop both us?

Whatever she lacks, I'm right over her shoulder

When I'm off track, mami is keepin' me focused"

What does it take to put the power in the term "power couple"? How do you build an empire with the one you love?

We chatted with eight couples to learn the secrets to successfully running a business with a partner. While there may be technical logistics that should be considered before entering a relationship with your significant other, not every arrangement is a recipe for disaster. These couples share how they manage their business while working together, strategies for overcoming common challenges, and the best (and often underappreciated) aspects of working with the one you love.

Note: responses have been condensed for brevity and clarity.

Don’t Let The Business Become Your Relationship

Courtesy of Shaun & Jackie Rodgers/Ariel Perry Photography

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Shaun and Jackie Rodgers (@greentopgifts), Owners of Greentop Gifts, Married 9 years

"A challenge we've encountered working together is letting the 'business' become our marriage. It's so easy to let that happen [and] find that all your conversations become about the business. Then, if something goes wrong with the business it's so easy to let it creep into your non-work relationship and start to have a negative impact on your relationship. This is something that we work on improving every day, as it's important to have a separation of the two as much as possible. We have specific times that we talk about business. And we make a concerted effort to 'date' where it's just us and we can let go of the business for a few hours.

"We're a team through and through – with both business and life. We're partners when it comes to our family. Now, we're partners in managing a business we see bringing joy to other families that look like us."

Featured image courtesy of Kevin & Melissa Fredericks

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