Five great questions of life: Life * Love * Learning * Labor * Leadership
Office: Lifelong Sweethearts...and Business PartnersThis book has largely been written from my office chair on Augusta Avenue. I look up and I see the mail basket on the shelf. To the right, there’s a project organizer under the window. On my left, a file cabinet and printer. It’s painful to say, but marriage has a business side. Every home in the neighborhood, for better or for worse, has some sort of administrative hub.
This isn’t material for wedding day reflection, but when you tie the knot you take on a business partner. You will work through legal issues together, sign contracts together, correspond with accountants and tax offices. You’ll consider the financial impact of surgeries and high deductible health insurance plans. Your schedules, task lists and project priorities will all need to be coordinated.
It’s a bit crazy, isn't it, that we choose our lifelong business partners in the middle of a season of hormonal madness!? I'll talk more about cash and budgets later, but let this sink in for a minute. Remember careful chemistry? This is one reason why it’s important. That lavish credit card spending that brought so much magic to your dating experiences can really cramp your style later.
On my 30th birthday, I asked friends for words of wisdom. I most remember these words, “Spend less than you make.” Simple to understand, difficult to do. What will you do when there’s no money for gifts? Will you both work full-time? How will that work with kids? People who don’t consider these questions can easily find themselves on the wrong side of the poverty line. If that’s your choice, fine, but please don't forget that every marriage has an office.