Resolving Conflict When Working with a Spouse

Mar 04

Resolving Conflict When Working with a Spouse

Since starting to work together, there have been issues we’ve had to work through. Since we both work day jobs and aren’t home at the same time every day, trying to run a business together can be overwhelming. Here are four issues we’re dealing with right now and our game plan for overcoming the conflict.

1. Lack of knowledge.  

2. Lack of time.

3. Disagreement over what items to source and sell.

4. Feeling as though one person is doing most of the work.

Overcoming Lack of Knowledge 

  • First, identify the topic causing trouble and why. For example, listing items for sale on Amazon or Ebay or building a website.
  • Second, research sources of information on the topic. For example, watch videos on You Tube or read blogs. Take as long as you need until you’re comfortable with the new knowledge.
  • Next, try it out. Follow along with a video or tutorial and create a listing on Amazon or start keyword research on a website. You have to take this step if you want to start and grow a business.

Overcoming Lack of Time

  • Create SMART goals for your business, giving yourself a deadline. Break down those goals into tasks.
  • Do your most important tasks first during your work time. This can be first thing in the morning or first thing after supper if you’re working after a day job. Stay off social media until your most important tasks are done.
  • Get enough sleep and exercise and eat well. Take care of yourself even when you have a lot to do.

Disagreement Over What Items to Source and Sell

  • Discuss and decide – together – what your niche market will be. Will it be replenishable items and retail arbitrage or finding unique, one-of-a-kind items at thrift stores and flea markets? Or a combination of both?
  • Discuss and decide – together – on a sourcing budget, especially when starting out.
  • Avoid information overload. Limit exposure to podcasts, blogs and videos and do what’s best for your business and budget.
  • Become an expert at selling in one niche before tackling another.

Feeling as Though One Person is Doing Most of the Work

  • Identify what tasks need to be done and divide based on strengths and skillsets.
  • Meet weekly to divide tasks, set deadlines, discuss progress and resolve issues.
  • Use an online file sharing program or calendar to track deadlines and tasks.
  • Keep communication open and honest.
  • Respect each other.

Remember, you’re working with your spouse or significant other. They’re your partner in life as well as business. Don’t let the business take over your life. Take a day off each week and just be partners. The work will still be there tomorrow.



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