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Are you and your spouse business-compatible?

Can you and your spouse operate a business together -- without wrecking your marriage? To find out, take this quiz by Azriela Jaffe from her book, Honey, I Want to Start My Own Business, A Planning Guide for Couples. Jaffe, who also produces a newsletter for entrepreneurial couples, interviewed 125 couples who are in business together to identify the indicators for success for married partners.

  1. We've put together a solid, realistic business and family plan, that enables us to forecast how much time, money, and personal sacrifice our enterprise requires and how the business will impact, in detail, our day-to-day home life.

    That doesn't describe us at all.
    That somewhat describes us.
    That describes us most of the time.
    That describes us completely.
  2. Both of us are incredibly flexible and creative people. If something isn't working in our relationship or our lifestyle, we take stock, talk it out, and find another way. We don't get stuck in one-track thinking, and we're willing to make the changes necessary along the way to achieve success.

    That doesn't describe us at all.
    That somewhat describes us.
    That describes us most of the time.
    That describes us completely.
  3. We are committed to one another "for better or worse." Our relationship has withstood the test of time, and the ups and downs that life brings. We're able to keep our eyes on the big picture, and to keep perspective when going through rough times. We've got a rewarding, strong, supportive relationship heading into this entrepreneurial venture.

    That doesn't describe us at all.
    That somewhat describes us.
    That describes us most of the time.
    That describes us completely.
  4. For us, romance is a daily attitude, not just something we do on Valentine's Day and our wedding anniversary. We express love and appreciation daily to one another, even when time or money is short. We aren't likely to neglect or take for granted our relationship, even if business needs absorb a lot of our attention.

    That doesn't describe us at all.
    That somewhat describes us.
    That describes us most of the time.
    That describes us completely.
  5. We share a joint vision and are both headed in the same direction. When we verbalize and perhaps even write down, our personal, family, and business goals, we see that these goals are in harmony and congruent with one other. We are each willing to sacrifice personally in order to support our partner's life dreams.

    That doesn't describe us at all.
    That somewhat describes us.
    That describes us most of the time.
    That describes us completely.
  6. We approach conflict looking for a win/win solution. Getting my way is an empty victory if it results in distance between my spouse and me. If we were ever to have difficulty resolving differences between us, we wouldn't hesitate to get outside support and professional advice before our relationship hits a breaking point.

    That doesn't describe us at all.
    That somewhat describes us.
    That describes us most of the time.
    That describes us completely.
  7. We can keep our sense of humor and look at the bright side of things, even during the roughest times. We figure, if we're going to laugh about it later, we might as well laugh about it now! We're pros at making lemonade out of lemons, and finding the silver lining in the clouds.

    That doesn't describe us at all.
    That somewhat describes us.
    That describes us most of the time.
    That describes us completely.
  8. One or both of us was raised in an entrepreneurial family, so we're accustomed to the erratic income and schedule, and the high demands that come along with it. Our parents were excellent role models for us for starting and managing a small business well.

    That doesn't describe us at all.
    That somewhat describes us.
    That describes us most of the time.
    That describes us completely.

-- Posted: May 25, 2001

 

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