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Sandra, played by Lacey Chabert, is devastated by what Connor Mead, played by Matthew McConaughey, has done to her wedding cake in the romantic comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. (Ron Batzdorff/© Ü MMVIII New Line Productions, Inc.)
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Pros and cons of living and working together Add to ...

Three married couples, all small-business owners, have build their companies together and offer this advice to partners in life who decide to become partners in business:

PROS

Playing to strengths already understood in your partner – let the sociable one handle customers or attend trade fairs, for example.

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Importance of family – taking care of children is easier when your business partner has a vested interest.

Work challenges are more easily supported – from a problem employee to a delivery glitch, a couple working together can find solutions together.

Communication – good communication at work can translate to good communication at home.

More time together – working together is definitely a boon to those who love it. Sharing the profits of success doesn’t hurt either.

CONS

Not closing shop at the end of the day – taking the business home can be an exhausting problem after a long day at work.

Personality conflicts – while getting along and knowing each other well is one of the pros, consideration for differing opinions and allowing space is also important.

Disagreements happen to everyone – it’s how they are dealt with that is important.

Sources: Serene Gebara and Omar Kamal: Zenporium; Kathi and Tom Cinnamon: Cinnamon’s Chocolates; David and Stephanie Ciccarelli: Voices.com.

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