A prescriptive guide to how to keep your relationship strong when there's a start-up in the family.
The idea of starting your own business is exhilarating and inspiring. It's one over 30 million Americans pursue. But being the significant other of an entrepreneur is not so glamorous. Boundaries between work and home disappear. Personal savings and business funds become intertwined. You can feel like a single parent as your spouse travels, works late hours, and answers calls and e-mails 24-7.You may even sacrifice a career or move your home for the sake of the business.
But there are strategies you can use to combat all this stress and uncertainty. Whether you're new to the start-up world, or a long-term entrepreneurial partner, START, LOVE, REPEAT will help you understand exactly how a start-up affects your lives-and what you can do to build a happy and healthy relationship in the midst of the madness. Dorcas Cheng-Tozun has not only done extensive research, she has lived through the perils and pitfalls of being with an entrepreneur as the wife of the CEO and cofounder of successful start-up d.light. She offers clear-sighted, first-hand advice for any couple considering making the same leap. She further draws on interviews with other successful entrepreneurs and their significant others, executive coaches, marriage-family therapists, venture capitalists, and start-up authorities to provide practical insights and steps any couple can take to build a strong relationship while launching that dream business.
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About the Author
Dorcas Cheng-Tozun is an award-winning writer, editor, and speaker. As a columnist for Inc.com, she writes about the intersection of startup love with marriage, family, and well-being. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christianity Today, BlogHer, the Unreasonable Institute blog, The Entrepreneurial Leader, and dozens of other publications in the U.S. and Asia. Dorcas and her entrepreneur husband, d.light co-founder Ned Tozun, have been married for twelve years and have one adorable hapa son.
Table of Contents
Part I Market Research 1
Chapter 1 Meet the Entrepreneur 3
Chapter 2 Meet the Start-up 17
Chapter 3 The Entrepreneurial Life 32
Chapter 4 The Entrepreneurial Relationship 47
Part II Due Diligence 63
Chapter 5 Knowing Yourself and Your Partner 65
Chapter 6 Knowing Your Relationship 80
Chapter 7 Knowing Your Priorities 95
Chapter 8 Knowing Your Role 111
Part III Strategic Planning 125
Chapter 9 Developing Trust 127
Chapter 10 Maintaining Communication 141
Chapter 11 Setting Boundaries 155
Chapter 12 Staying Intimate 171
Part IV Building a Team 185
Chapter 13 Investing in Yourself 187
Chapter 14 Asking for Help 200
Chapter 15 Getting Involved-or Not 214
Part V Scaling Up 229
Chapter 16 Establishing Goals and Deadlines 231
Chapter 17 Sustaining the Entrepreneurial Life Together 245
Chapter 18 Growing with Your Entrepreneur 258
Part VI Exit 271
Chapter 19 Surviving Failure 273
Chapter 20 Surviving Success 287