Is working with a Spouse a Death Knell for Entrepreneurs?

Should You Work With Your Spouse? Experts Weigh the Pros and Cons

Entrepreneurs Kenner French and Liliana Faulkner debate the merits of working with your spouse in this episode of Vast Voice. While Liliana initially advises against it, Kenner offers a more nuanced perspective, highlighting the potential benefits and proposing strategies for success.

Pros of Working with Your Spouse

  • Stronger Connection and Shared Goals: Working together can foster a deeper understanding of each other's professional lives and create a sense of teamwork towards shared goals.
  • Clear Communication and Trust: Existing trust and strong communication skills can be a valuable asset in a business partnership.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Hiring your spouse can be a cost-saving measure, especially for startups.
  • Enjoyment: Working with someone you love can be fun and fulfilling.

Cons of Working with Your Spouse

  • Work-Life Balance Issues: Work conversations can easily bleed into personal time, leading to burnout and resentment.
  • Blurred Lines and Conflict: Separating professional disagreements from personal conflicts can be challenging.
  • Financial Strain: If the business fails, both incomes could be jeopardized.

Key Considerations Before Working with Your Spouse

  • Trial Period: Start with a small project to assess compatibility and working styles.
  • Clear Boundaries: Establish clear boundaries between work and personal life. This could involve designated work hours or "no work zones" at home.
  • Work-Life Balance Strategies: Implement strategies like "focus days" for work and "free days" for personal time to maintain a healthy balance.

The Importance of Communication

Both Kenner and Liliana emphasize the importance of open and honest communication as the foundation for a successful working relationship, regardless of whether your partner is your spouse or not.


The decision of whether or not to work with your spouse is a personal one. By carefully considering the pros and cons, implementing strategies for success, and prioritizing communication, couples can increase their chances of having a positive experience.


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Kenner French, is a former small business contributor at, author of three books, an executive at AI-focused, a keynote speaker, and a Dave Matthews Band fan!



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