First, my wife and I have been working together in a small bakery restaurant in East Texas for 17 years and I can testify that it isn’t always easy. We have more disputes and disagreements as business partners than we do as husband and wife. Having said that, for any who would want to try to pull off this challenging feat, I have some advice. The two of you need to sit down and make a list detailing what you recognize as the gifts of your partner. The two of you felt like each of you had something to contribute to this endeavor or you would not have entered into it. Be honest, and even somewhat generous in your evaluation of one another. If you want to be very thorough, add ratings on a 1-5 basis, 1 for not so hot, 5 for expert or extremely gifted. Critique your evaluations (do this in a non-hostile environment/moment). (Note: If this excercise breaks down into acrimony then one of you needs to bow out of the business and do what is neccessary to save your marriage.) Now then, most points of debate will fall into the realm of one of these areas. Here comes the hard part, you both have to agree to defer to your partners area of expertise or giftedness. Now, this will not solve all problems or eliminate all debates or arguments, but it will give you a foundation for problem resolution. Trust me, this will take work and you have to be commited to it if you want success.
Bill in East Texas