Though Jeff maintains a full time job, he’s still a big part of my business. He’s my partner and my rock, my sounding board when I need a different perspective.
Many coaches set out to retire their spouses from their day jobs, but that was never our intention. It still isn’t. Beachbody allows its coaches to work on their businesses as much or as little as they’d like, so they can continue working their 9 to 5 jobs if they wish.
For Jeff, it’s about supporting me and building his own business. He has his own business center under me, he shares information with people he talks to and then he usually has me help get new customers set up. It’s truly a partnership.
One of the great things about working a business together is that each spouse has their own personality traits, their own strengths. Some of spouses on my team have one person who is much better working online while the other is better at having conversations in person. They build on one another’s strengths and jump in to help out when the other is struggling.
We all join the Beachbody family because we’re committed to good health and sharing solutions with our customers. One of those solutions is the ability to work out from home, at any time of the day or night.
Jeff and I support one another in getting our workouts done. We encourage one another to get out of bed in the mornings, and we give each other the time we need to do our workout of choice. While I’ll always choose something from Beachbody On Demand or a program I’m doing, Jeff has been doing his workouts outside the home–trying something new.
How to Work Together
A marriage is a partnership, just like a business. It requires dedication, work, communication and action. A lot of it. If you’re in a business with your significant other, I recommend setting some boundaries and doing the following:
- Take time together to talk about business 1:1, without the kids around.
- Make sure you set aside date nights and time to not talk about business.
- Decide who will take the lead on your business. Talk about what roles each of you will play in your business.
- Identify each partner’s strengths and weaknesses and how you can complement one another.
- Know what your bottom line is for your business and who makes the final decision when you have disagreements, specifically financial (but this could relate to anything).
Ultimately, running a business together is a way to grow as a couple, as long as you’re doing it in a healthy and supportive way. If you need support in figuring it out, let me know!