So, you’ve finally tied the knot and hit the “start” button on your married life. You’ve decided that you want to be together for the rest of your life, spending every breathing moment together.
Only here’s the problem: chances are, at some point, you might have to go for different jobs. The wife will work 9 to 5 at a pet shop while the husband works shifts at a supply company. This does not give you a lot of time to see each other.
Here’s a solution for you: start up your own business together. This way, you will be together so often that you won’t even have the time to miss one another.
Here are some ideas that you might want to keep in mind.
1. Bed and Breakfast
If you live in an area that gathers tourists, you might want to go for a bed and breakfast. You may have a big house that can accommodate a couple of guests – or you may buy one using a loan.
Granted, loans are hard to deal with, since you’ll be in debt for a fairly long time – but by following the right financial planning tips for newlyweds, you’ll be able to get by. Plus, if your business is successful, you’ll not only cover your loan – but you’ll gain profit as well.
You can also turn your home into a bed and breakfast if you have more rooms to spare. This way, you won’t even have to leave the house in order to tend to your guests.
2. Content Creation
Many people nowadays are looking for people that know how to put their business out there. Not everyone can afford to have their own marketing department – which is why they opt for freelancers or copywriting companies.
If you and your spouse love to write, then it might not be a bad idea to create your own copywriting company. As you grow, you’ll be able to afford your own employees – and you’ll reap a fair amount of profit.
3. Music School
Do you both like music? Why not start a music school? Yes, it may take a fair amount of hard work and a lot of determination – but if it’s done correctly, you’ll be able to teach music to people of every age. Start with small groups at your own home – then save up until you can afford your own studio.
4. Food and Catering
Everyone eats – but not everyone cooks – particularly when it comes to large groups of people. If you and your spouse love to cook, then you might want to open up a catering business or a restaurant. This way, whenever a client has large groups to feed, they’ll be going for your services.
5. Pet Sitting
You both love pets – and there are people out there that can’t go on a holiday because they have no one to leave their pets with. By starting up a pet sitting service, you’ll be killing two birds with one stone. You’ll be able to play with pets all day while also getting paid for it.
These businesses are fairly small – but with time, they can become very profitable. If your business grows, you’ll be able to get your own employees, pay them, and gain even more income. All this can be done while you are relaxing on a beach enjoying your holiday.
The advantage of having your own business is that you are no longer stuck to a 9 to 5 program. This way, you’ll be able to spend more time with your spouse.
BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.