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The Master Small Business Merger

My partner Curtis and I met over 7 years ago when he shot me for my 45th birthday. We ran into one another about a year ago and started dating. Since then, I've expanded my digital marketing products to include MooD-ology

photography. Working with each other has been one of the most rewarding professional experiences either of us have had. But it hasn’t been perfect, and we’ve learned a thing or two along the way about how to be business partners as well as a couple.

It sounds cliché, but trust and honesty are the foundations of your relationship with your partner. That holds true in businesses the same way it does in life. Which means that dishonesty is magnified if your business partner and romantic partner happen to be the same person. There’s no running away from your home problems at work or escaping your work problems at home.

Working with your significant other is not for everyone. For some couples, it might not be the right time or perhaps their skill sets and working styles just aren’t that compatible with one another. Needless to say, deciding not to go into business together doesn’t mean you’ve failed in your relationship.

After all, we hardly have our own collaboration down to a science. We make mistakes, and we apologize to each other a lot. We keep in mind that we’re both human, even when we’re angry or frustrated. But we always try to do better, and that gets us through 90% of the most difficult times.

We often check in with one another as it relates to our relationship both professional and personal, one question we ask each other, “Would you work with me again?” Every time the answer has been yes.