How to Run a Business + Still Be a Good Partner
It’s a special Valentine’s Day episode!
Today, I’m interviewing my husband. We’re talking about how to be a good partner to an entrepreneur. And how entrepreneurs can better support our partners.
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What’s the best part of being married to an entrepreneur?
You get to share in the adventures but you don’t have to deal with the risk.
What’s the hardest part of being married to an entrepreneur?
The risk taking. You’re not in control of it and it really affects your life.
Is it weird that I don’t go into an office everyday?
It was but I’ve learned that you’re right! I didn’t even know that was something you could do. And after watching you do it, it seems like you’re on to something!
Did you have any idea what we were getting into?
I had no idea. I have a rule where I just try to be supportive and say yes.
STARTING A BUSINESS
Was there a moment when you thought it was too risky?
All the time. Legitimately all the time. It was financially stressful but it was really good for our relationship. Trust is really important and if it’s not there, then it’s hard. I really learned how to trust you. It was stressful at the beginning but it was worth it. I’m a kept man now.
Time was also a factor. I didn’t see you very much that first year. How did you deal with that?
It was a struggle but if you care about someone, you should be able to see that they’re doing something worthwhile. I know I’m important to you but I’m not the only important thing in your life.
What did we do well in the beginning?
We were adaptable and our relationship was flexible enough to accommodate all the stuff going on.
What did we do wrong in the beginning?
We could’ve communicated what our expectations were in the business. It’s not separate from the relationship and it will affect it.
What was the best moment from the first year?
I felt so proud of you. It was incredible to watch you put yourself out there.
What was the worst moment from the first year?
The day before the trade shows. We were so stressed and we’d just argue about the dumbest shit.
RUNNING A BUSINESS
What can I do to be helpful when I’m traveling for business?
The principle is don’t be a dick. Thank that person. And do something nice for them.
Are there any challenges that come with running a business?
Ya, I worry about you. You have to make so many decisions. I get stressed for you.
Whats the best part of being a partner now?
I get treated like a king. It’s great. I get to do some pretty cool stuff.
Whats the most surprising thing?
To me, a successful business now is you’re making a living off it, you help people, and you’re fulfilled by that. The most surprising thing to me is that’s what success is. Not being a multi-gajillionaire.
ADVICE TO ENTREPRENEURS + PARTNERS
What advice would you give to someone who is in a relationship and wants to start a business.
Sit down and have an honest conversation about what it’s going to look like.
What advice would you give to someone who is in a relationship and their partner wants to start a business?
It’s really hard to put yourself out there. Be super supportive. And learn how to be a sounding board. Your job isn’t to agree with everything, but listen. Be the first person to volunteer your time. And your needs are also important.
What should single entrepreneurs look for in a good partner?
Find someone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously. There are so many mistakes and it’s better to look back and laugh at them. Find someone who is comfortable being flexible and adaptable. Your relationship is going to change with your business.