Though starting a business with a significant other wouldn’t be ideal for some couples, for others, it could be a dream come true. In fact, your bond may make you excellent business partners.
It’s possible that working with your partner could distract you from business concerns or strain your relationship. However, it could just as easily bring you closer together while doubling your passion for success. If you and your significant other handle conflict well and motivate each other, consider turning your talents into a business.
Starting a business can be easier for a two-person team. As with any partnership, the following business ideas work best when each person takes on a role that fits their skills and strengths. Like all business ventures, an entrepreneurial relationship is a labor of love.
Here are 13 businesses you and your partner could start together:
Some couples fight over who should cook dinner. For others, preparing a meal together is a bonding activity. If you and your partner fall into the latter category — and are good cooks — consider starting your own catering business. Let the resident gourmand cover most of the food prep while the other serves as a customer service rep and sous-chef.
Sometimes, socializing with the public is what couples need to work together successfully. If that sounds like you, consider opening a small coffee shop. A coffee shop doesn’t require much space, and a limited menu lets you focus on high-quality or specialty items without stretching yourself thin.
One of you can spearhead customer service while the other focuses on the coffee. Consider hiring employees and a manager so you can schedule days off together when business is steady.
If you’re foodies who love to travel, consider starting a food truck business. Whether they set up shop at music festivals, block parties or private events, food trucks are a great way to make extra money while traveling and meeting interesting people. The freedom of the open road and the appeal of their favorite activities has led many food truck vendors to start such a venture — and doing so with the person you love might be even better.
One of you can handle marketing while the other handles customer service; both of you can fill orders. E-commerce represents a money-making opportunity and offers you and your partner a chance to be creative together. What’s better than having fun while turning a profit?
Perhaps you and your partner love shopping together. You may come across valuable items you can resell in a niche market. If you enjoy looking through garage sales and thrift shops and are knowledgeable about antiques or vintage items, consider starting an online resale business. Antiques, old toys and comic books are just a few examples of items that might catch a potential shopper’s eye, especially online.
Start by opening an online store through social media platforms like Facebook Marketplace or a site like eBay, where you can advertise your items locally. If your business grows, consider expanding into a brick-and-mortar location.
If you’re a couple that runs and hits the gym together, launching a fitness business could be right for you. Whether you’re interested in personal training or class instruction, you can become certified through organizations like the Athletics and Fitness Association of America and begin accepting clients.
If you and your partner specialize in the same area, you can double the number of sessions or classes you book. Alternatively, if one of you is a personal trainer and the other teaches a class, you can expand your client base through your service variety.
Starting a business with your significant other can be risky. It’s important to remember there are bound to be good and bad times. And, as with any other relationship, a business partnership requires a lot of work. However, it can also bring advantages for your entrepreneurial venture and growth as a couple.
Here are a few potential benefits of running a business as a couple:
Starting a business with your partner can be an exciting and fulfilling venture. You’re combining your individual skill sets and interests while working toward a common goal of running a successful business together.
Now that you have several ideas to consider, take one and add your creative touch to it. With a positive mindset and the determination to overcome any obstacles, you and your partner can enjoy the many rewards of going into business together.
Shayna Waltower and Jad Kaado contributed to this article.