I ran a husband and wife business since 2009 and today we celebrate our 10 years of partnership anniversary. Hi lovely people my name is Bima and thank you for stumble upon my photography blog. It ain’t easy to decide running a business together with my wife cause so many of friends gave an advice to separate between business and family relationship. Generally there are two things that make so many people don’t want to run a business together with their soulmate, there will be anything about MONEY and DECISION but as long as you are able to manage it as well than those two things are just become an ordinary words.
I married with Nina in December 2009 and during that time she still working for a public accountant firm but when I got a photoshoot than she try to ask for day off and accompany me to serve my couple. We do this system for 3 years till I personally asked Nina to join my company and help me to ran this destination wedding photography business together.
I already told you that based on my experience there are two things that belong our main problem while having this husband and wife business so let me explain more about it.
2 Things That Become Your Challenge on Running Husband and Wife Business
1 – Money
Money will be the most problem that might be concern cause here we have to split between family and business finance and surely we got two different bank account to manage this thing. At the beginning of our husband and wife business system we only have 1 bank account and after several months we never know how much is our business profit and how much is our family money, and that become so terrible!
As a husband and leader I have to think about how to make as much money as I can through my photography business, off course I’m shooting wedding and pre wedding regularly which belong to our primary income but I wondering to have another passive income through photography that make me earn money while I’m not in a photo session.
By running the online money stream a.k.a my first passive income source than I could starting to earn money even when we sleep or taking care of our kids and it truly wonderful. From selling my travel photos on Shutterstock till running an Airbnb business in our home than we could earn extra money from our husband and wife business team.
I could say it’s not that easy at the first time cause we have to face our $15,000 bankruptcy back in 2013 and we need 4 years to solve it. I remember when we always get 9 times phone call every single day from a bank debt collector which make us bit more scare and worry. There is no friends know about this situation even Nina’s mom also don’t know that we face this hard tragedy of bankruptcy.
The only way to face and solve problem on your husband and wife business system is stick together and always love each other, that’s it!
If you run your own husband and wife business system too and got some hard situation than I suggest you to sit down together, take a deep breath and be positive. You have to believe that every problem will have their own solution and your job is to find that solution right away, remember this! Business will always number two cause first thing that you have to do is do whatever you want to keep your marriage save no matter what happen.
2 – Decision
Finding the right decision to run your husband and wife business is ain’t easy and it happens to me when I decide to stop my photography services for local and traditional wedding and move to destination wedding photo services. When I was in $15,000 of bankruptcy and got no photo deal for over than 6 months, Nina told me to simply give up and back to traditional wedding but I choose to stick on the plan, finding the right market on destination wedding. If you are the leader than you have to think carefully about it and do whatever you can to achieve your goals, you have to feed your family and pay some ridiculous monthly bill like electricity, internet, and etc.
It depends on you, you have to be so wise when taking the final decision so stay relax, sit together for a cup of coffee and hold your soulmate hands are some great things to do when you gonna decide something.
5 Real Action to Run Your Husband and Wife Business and Keep Your Marriage in Safe
1 – Stay Together
No matter what happen than just stay together and face your problem in a good way. When you are alone than it seems to be hard to solve the problems but if you work as a partner and being together no mater what happen than all problems will solved by it self. It might be hard but you will always find the best solution for it.
When I receive 9 times per day of phone call from the bank debt collector than Nina always sit next to me, sometimes I know that she hold my hand or hug me so tight. She knows that the collector is talking so loud and mostly angry but become a husband and business leader, I feel more safe and comfort when there is someone stay close to me when I got in trouble.
2 – Your Marriage is the Highest Priority
Business is always your next number but keep your marriage in safe is your first priority. You may browse or read any kind of blog or book about how to keep your marriage in safe but the most important thing is always think that your marriage is priceless and you MUST keep this relationship above the other.
You may got a bankruptcy or even other worse situation but when keeping your marriage at the highest priority even for your business than everything gonna be all right.
For me it’s harder to find a soulmate as best a Nina rather than a money cause the most successful parameter is when I can stick with her till death do us apart
3 – Spend Time & Money for Family
No matter you already have a kids or not but always spend your time and a bit of money to the whole family. You don’t need to go for overseas holiday or any pricy outcome but go to the city garden, buy some ice cream, and sit together is quite enough. When you face a big problem than usually you don’t really care about this but spend time with family means ‘take a deep breath’ and stay relax. When you mind is empty and relax than your way out will be so clear.
Back in 2013 I receive a small money from renting my room in Airbnb, I’m talking about $20 after 6 days with no money at all, I knew that I still have a debt on my bank but before paying my loan than I choose to spend $5 together with Nina to eat some street food and take the $15 rest to pay my loan. I know that it’s small money but those $5 is saving my marriage cause we feels like re-charge our energy and spirit to do the best effort tomorrow.
4 – Donate Some Money Even When You’re Down
I know that it sounds insane but I say the truth, when you donate some money while you have thousand or hundred thousand dollar on your bank than it’s not a big deal but when you can help someone with only few bucks on your pocket than this gonna be big changing in your life.
Go find someone that really need food or cup of coffee, deliver some tips to a waiter that help you at the mini cafes or any other great things that you can do with few bucks on the pocket. Till now, when I got in trouble than after give an enough money and food to my family than I always looking for someone who really need money better than me, it could gas station officer or any kids on social house. Trust me! when you do this than God will help you as well.
5 – Pay Your Debt!
You don’t need to pay your whole debt cause I solve my $15,000 of bankruptcy within 4 years and I pay my debt in DAILY! No matter how much I earn on that day than I always pay my debt for the majority and let the rest to buy some food and groceries with the whole family.
Now you know that there are always some ways to run husband and wife business in a great way and let your marriage life sustain. It must be ain’t that simple but you can try for what I share today, I hope you got some inspiration through this story and God bless you!