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What's it really like being married to an entrepreneur?

This story appears in the April 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Ever since she met her husband, Junab Ali, Denise Ali has known that she would always be, in a sense, "the other woman." "We've known each other since we were 15," says Denise, "and he's always talked about having his own business. When it finally happened, it wasn't a big surprise." Except for the timing: Their baby was 6 months old in 2000, when Junab, now 32, quit his lucrative day job to start San Antonio-based Mobius Partners, offering computer infrastructure solutions to small businesses. Whenever Denise couldn't calm their crying baby, she knew the noise might be disturbing Junab, especially if he was on the phone--he was just down the hall in the spare bedroom/office.

Do entrepreneurs make good husbands or wives? It depends whom you talk to, of course, but clearly, marriage to an entrepreneur can be difficult.

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