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.

Learn To Cooperate & Compromise

Courtesy of Jhanilka & Anthony Hartzog

Jhanilka & Anthony Hartzog, Owners of Maids2Match, Married 2.5 years

"We usually address things when they come out (and rarely outside of that.) You have to trust that the other person has the best interest of the business and is dedicated just as much as you are. Having the same goals or WHY is [also important].

"One challenge we have is learning to cooperate and compromise. We decided to delegate to our strengths. (Anthony is great with tech and Jhanilka likes interacting with people.) The best part of working as a couple is knowing we are building something together that will help our family down the line. Some may say that cleaning a home isn't a big deal and at one point we thought that as well, but with the amount of times that people have told us this means more than we understand, it makes us feel fantastic."

Recommended Reading/Resources:Profit First by Mike Michalowicz, Side Hustle Pro podcast, Side Hustle School podcast

Featured image courtesy of Kevin & Melissa Fredericks

xoMan: Mack Wilds Reflects On When He Knew His Wife Was 'The One' & The Importance Of Being A Supportive Husband

Tristan Mack Wilds is one of those rare artists we’ve watched since childhood and continue to follow today. He was hands-down one of my favorite characters on the beloved fifth season of HBO’s The Wire and continues to grace our screen on projects like Peacocks’ Praise This and the upcoming season of AppleTV+’s Swagger.

Whether he’s giving us the perfect R&B vibe to add to “the playlist” or showing off his acting chops, it’s safe to say he has a place in many millennial women’s hearts. But it’s not just his artistry that makes him xoMan-worthy. Recently, he appeared on The Tamron Hall Show with his family and spoke beautifully about marriage and fatherhood. With a quick listen to the interview and a social media scroll, it’s clear to anyone that he loves his queen out loud, and we had to get into it.