Reasons For And Against Working With Your Significant Other

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If you find that person with whom you’d like to spend your entire life, you will probably have a lot of things in common. If you get along really well, it’s probably because you share the same values, you believe in treating people the same way, you have some of the same interests and passions, you treat finances in the same manner, and you have a similar work ethic.

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It’s probably starting to sound clear why many couples come up with the idea to work together. But no matter how hard you may try to separate the personal and professional parts of your relationship, the two will inevitably bleed into each other. Then again, nobody understands you as well as your significant other does, which could make them a good working partner. Here are the reasons for and against working with your partner.

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Your finances are tied

You likely do not need to worry about your partner getting greedy about money, or making decisions that would cause you to make less money. Your futures are tied, and so are your finances; a monetary loss for you is a monetary loss for him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Your finances are too tied

If your partner wants to make a professional decision that you believe will affect his own finances negatively, you may take it personally. You know that he knows his finances are tied to yours, and you become angry that he would make a professional decision that would affect your ability, as a couple, to buy a house one day, buy a car, pay for college tuition, etc.

 

 

 

 

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He will understand your work stress

When you don’t work with your partner, it can be hard for him to fully understand what you go through at work. When you vent about stress at work, he never fully gives you the response you want. When you work with your partner, he will fully empathize with your work stresses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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He cannot separate himself from it

If you work with your partner, you cannot complain to him about stress at work without stressing him out, too. When you don’t work with your partner, you can vent to him, he can provide you emotional support, and he can remain emotionally removed from the situation.

 

 

 

 

 

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He’ll know when you do a great job

You know those times when you’re really damn proud of yourself for something you’ve done at work? If you work with your partner, he’ll fully understand how impressive your accomplishment was. And that will feel good.

 

 

 

 

 

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He’ll know when you do a bad job

Unfortunately, your partner will also be very familiar with your mistakes. A partner with whom you didn’t work might be able to say, “I’m sure it wasn’t that bad. You’re probably hard on yourself.” But a partner with whom you work might say, “You’re right; you really messed up.”

 

 

 

 

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The victories will be incredible

Finally, someone will fully share in the celebration if you close a deal/acquire new investors/make a sale/land a new client. The victory will be just as big for your partner! It will feel amazing to celebrate victories together.

 

 

 

 

 

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There will be no escape from the failures

If your company takes a hit or has a bad day, both you and your partner will be in a bad mood. It won’t be like before, when you had separate jobs, and you could cheer one another up when they were having a bad day.

 

 

 

 

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You won’t call each other workaholics

You won’t complain that you never see each other because one of you is always working. If you are always working, then you will always see each other.

 

 

 

 

 

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You’ll judge each other’s free time

You may, however, become highly critical of your partner any time he takes time off of work and visa verse. You’re both well aware of all of the work that needs to be done.

 

 

 

 

 

Your communication may improve

You need to have incredible communication with a work partner to make a business thrive. This could contribute to better communication in your relationship, too.

 

 

 

 

 

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But you may become too honest

Just because you and your partner make the decision to always call each other out on work mistakes doesn’t mean that rule should carry into your personal relationship. If it does, you may face a lot of arguments.

 

 

 

 

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You can work all you want

Your partner likely won’t tell you to stop working so you can spend time with him. When you work, he wins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You may never turn it off

You may, however, forget to put work aside and quit working. Usually, when you don’t work with a partner, wanting to spend time with them is enough reason to put an end to the work day. You won’t have that same deadline here.

 

 

 

 

 

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The lines will be blurred

At the end of the day, you will need to set strict rules for yourself of when it’s time to work, and when it’s time to play. You will need to pay close attention to still treating your partner like a romantic partner when you’re not working, and to treating your partner like a colleague (rather than a boyfriend) when you are working. If you are both conscious about this, you may be able to have a very successful, happy working and romantic relationship.

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