Welcome to Session #36 of Making Business Happen Radio, the show to help you build your success playbook. I’m Dallon Christensen, your host. This is the podcast to help you become more profitable, productive, and prepared to grow your business.
This show is all about making entrepreneurship and marriage work. My guests are Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor. Brad and Amy live in Boulder, Colorado and are serial entrepreneurs as well as husband and wife. They have written the book “Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur” (affiliate link). Brad is a board member of many companies and successful angel investor. This interview is all about how you can make a relationship work while running a business.
Topics covered in this interview
- How have both of you made it work as a couple in an entrepreneurial lifestyle?
- What is the biggest myth you can think of when discussing entrepreneurship with couples?
- What are some of the pitfalls a couple can face when they move from the traditional “paycheck world” to dealing with more irregular income?
- Normally, one spouse is the dreamer and one is the “grounded and secure one” in a couple. How can you reconcile these conflicting, but valid viewpoints?
- Entreprenurship can be such a challenging road, and depression can set in if things don’t go well. How do you address that possibility in a couple?
- What should be discussed regarding business planning and how it relates to family finances?
- What is one key step to take regarding your time and priority management? Why is this important?
- What are some of the communication strategies you have used to align family and business goals?
- It’s easy for the entrepreneur to fall into a working trap and not make time for “date night” or other ways to be a couple? How do you avoid that?
- It can be hard for entrepreneurs to disconnect, and vacations are no different. How can entrepreneurs ensure their vacation time is devoted to their family?
- Is there ever a time when you are justified in handling business matters on vacation? How do you deal with that?
- If the business is struggling, what must the couple do to “cut the cord” and close the business while minimizing the entrepreneur’s disappointment?
- When entrepreneurs do “make it”, how can they take the time to devote to family instead of constantly trying to do more and make more?
- What’s one question you wish I would have asked, and how do you answer that question?
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- 2013-02-07 Startup Life column – “Scheduled” romance
Great game of business
- Startup Revolution website
- Foundry Group website
- Wall Street Journal article on entrepreneurs and relationships