Business/Partners: Tara and Jordan Harvey
Everyone’s looking for creative ways to work these days, even if that means keepin’ it in the family. What advice would you give other duos looking to get into business together?
Yes, happiness…and money. I’m sure consolidating expenses and what not is a big benefit. I’m sure that isn’t always apparent in the thick of things though — what would you tell your former selves who didn’t know what you know now?
Husband: START with an office outside of the home! The financial tensions that a home office eases are worth the mental strain that it presents. There is no substitute to being able to come home, and have your home be your home – not having your work staring you in the face.
Wait, but that’s tough when your sig-o IS your work, too?
Wife: It’s not easy, but it’s extremely rewarding as well. We share in our triumphs together, we shoulder the burdens and risks together. It can really strengthen the feeling of being a team and working towards a common goal (which applies to both work and personal life).
Sure, if you don’t rip each other’s heads off on your way to the goalpost! What are the big fights you find yourselves in?
Husband: We fight a lot about who’s time is more valuable, I think. And I say “I think” because we never yell “you think your time is more valuable than mine!” at each other, rather we squabble over who should be dealing with annoying technical issues like email not working the way it’s supposed to or who has to vacuum. The lines between work and life are very blurred when your husband is your co-worker. It makes finding that balance a delicate feat.
But you still balance working and sleeping together?
Which is harder to do these days?
Husband: The working together, for sure!
Which is better?
Wife: The sleeping together — isn’t sex always better than work?!