This won’t take long……………..
With a to do list as long as my arm, I am not really sure I should be doing this, but I couldn’t let an anniversary and a looming Valentine’s Day go by without sharing my thoughts on the pros and cons of going into business with my husband, Charles.
In truth, Charles and I did work together previously, though it was many moons ago. In fact, our first experience of being colleagues was working for Marconi Defence Systems, where we were both sponsored engineering students.
In those days he was striving to be seen as the cool guy with a car and I, a faux ditsy blond with — well actually — the same make of car. Our antics back then are best kept for another publication when I feel brave enough. It would be another 10 years before we became a couple and I finally plucked up the courage to ask him to marry me.
So, when we started working together, initially for the same company and then setting up our own, I didn’t think it odd, and really it isn’t. There are lots of firms where a husband and wife work together, but I understand it isn’t for everyone.
If I were to sum up the pros and cons over the last two years, they would go like this;
We are clearly working with aligned purpose, both for the business and our personal lives.
We discussed this a lot at the beginning, so we really understood what we wanted for the future as individuals as well as business partners
In reality we have worked together for our whole married life, raising four children and running a home, multiple moves for Charles’s job, some abroad, all takes organisation and collaboration.
If you work with your spouse/partner and have any pros or cons to add please do so.
Happy Valentine’s Day for the 14th and Happy Birthday Contengo, two at the beginning of this month!