Post # 1
I saw a really old thread like this but I wanted to add a poll.
Do you work with your SO? If so, do you enjoy it? Pros/cons?
My Fiance and I work together, own a business. He has operated a heavy equipment/truck repair co for over 15 years, and also has a building next door to the shop where we have our office and rent the other 3 floors so we manage the building. I have worked with him for over 2 years. Before that I had a job for 11 years as a database admin for an environmental company but got “downsized”. Best thing that ever happened to me! I love working with FI! I run all the office/tenant/financial/IT stuff, and he does all the maintenance and runs his shop and fixes stuff.
I get the “OMG how can you work together, live together, be together 24/7 I would kill my SO!” all the time. It just works for us. Plus half the day he’s out on roadcalls or up in the shop and I’m in the office. Sometimes I actually help him, I now know how to operate a crane, forklifts, got AWS certified last year as a welder, hold several NYC Fire Dept certifications in things like Fire Guard…things I never would have learned without working here.
Anyway, opinions on working together? Love/hate/would never do it? Just curious! (Sitting at work typing this…the one drawback is we tend to work late/7 days a week!).
Post # 3
We do freelance design and work well together, but I would never want to work in a place of work with him. NO WAY! So, our own business, on our own terms- yes, works very well.
Post # 4
We don’t work together during the summer or go to the same school during the school year and I’m glad. I work part time at a hardware store and the atmosphere is too dramatic that I don’t think I would enjoy working at either with Fiance. If we had our own business together or worked freelance together I think I would enjoy it.
Post # 5
We work together but separate tasks. Does that make sense? We are cleaners, we both do the cleanup, then separate – he does mopping while I do bathrooms. And yes, it’s 7 days a week.
Post # 6
Same compant different bldg we never see each other.
Post # 7
Dh and I work for the same govt agency out of the same building but do different jobs. He’s out most of the day but I think it’s nice to be able to pop in for an occasional visit throughout the day or work on a project together once in a while.
Post # 8
I would love to work at the same place or area as Darling Husband so we could carpool/ride CTA together but i would not like to have to work together as in do our daily jobs…
Post # 9
We used to work together in a way – both grad students in the same department, so in almost all the same classes, offices down the hall. We don’t anymore and I totally miss being able to send an email and go for a coffee together and leaving work together.
Post # 10
We work for the same company and in the same department, but have never actually worked together on anything, and that’s the way we like it. It’s great to be able to carpool when we’re at the same site.
Post # 11
gahhhhh i just told Fiance today i wouldnt want to be a co-worker of his! he’s so structured by the book, no fun kinda worker.
Post # 12
No, but will in the future. I will handle paper work and other things for his plumbing business.
Post # 13
Nope! I am really glad we don’t. We work very differently, and we both enjoy having our own areas of expertise.
Post # 14
We work together and love it. Having the exact same schedule is ideal. The only thing that’s started to bug me is having to stay late when Darling Husband gets caught up but that doesn’t happen too often. So many people have commented on how awful it must be to live and work together but it’s the complete opposite for us. We’re able to fight the 45 minute commute (each way) together and go out to lunch almost every day. During work we hardly see each other so its not like we’re interacting the entire day. He’s on one end of the building and I’m on another. Working together has also allowed us to get away with only having one car. That’s a savings of atleast $300 p/month. It works out perfectly for us and I’ll definitely miss it when he starts working from home soon.
Post # 15
@happyface: Working together/separate tasks seems to work best for most people, less conflict! And by the way I love your avatar 🙂
One thing my friends bring up is the fact that they were afraid we wouldn’t be able to draw the line between work and home, but we’re pretty good at leaving stuff behind. I think anyone’s jobs bleed over a little (complaining about the day etc). I think it’s better because if he gets stressed about something work related, I can really understand what he’s talking about and maybe even help solve it.
@UpstateCait: I know, commuting is so much better and cheaper!
@Rouquine: Yes, that’s pretty much what I started doing, at first I was just helping here and there, then more, then all of the office stuff. Then he asked if I wanted to take a welding course with him (he knew how but had to get certified) so I did, I loved it! Maybe you can be his apprentice 🙂