Perfect Pairs

Balancing Act

As their businesses grow, many entrepreneurial couples find it difficult to separate home and work. "Most people can't shut off business when they go home and, particularly if you have children, you're not going to shut family off when you go to work," Frishkoff says. "Instead, the objective should be to appropriately juggle the two focuses in your life and integrate them in a way that allows you to have good relationships in both arenas."

While some spillover may be healthy, experts caution against letting the business take over your lives. "Work is an important part of your life, but it's only one part," says Scott Gregory, author with his wife, Shirley, of The Home Team: How Couples Can Make a Life and a Living by Working at Home (Panda Publishing, $22.95, 888-447-2632). "It takes a lot of time and energy to become a successful entrepreneur. But you have to remember to take time away from work and spend time with your family."

Although they face special challenges, entrepreneurial couples have one big advantage on their side: a common goal. "Jerry and I are working together toward the same goal--to do well for our family," says Susan Hatchett.

Couples who've discovered how to work together successfully while maintaining a loving relationship share the best of both worlds. Susan Hatchett sums up what most such entrepreneurs feel: "I can't imagine him going back to a job where we aren't together all the time."

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This article was originally published in the November 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Perfect Pairs.

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