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Creative Couples: Making it Work in Love and Business

Mar 26, 2013

by Lisa Butterworth handmade and vintage goods

When I found out Charles and Ray Eames were husband and wife (and not the brothers I had embarrassingly mistaken them to be), my respect for their work grew tenfold. Here was a creative couple manifesting the utmost collaboration: a beautiful life and business. I immediately began daydreaming about launching a brand with a boyfriend, preferably one with a nascent ability for filmmaking who could design a house as well as a piece of furniture.

Of course, if you’ve seen the documentary, The Architect and the Painter, you know the Eames’s existence wasn’t always shell chairs and roses. But what relationship is? From the outside looking in, creative couples seem to have the best of both worlds: a romantic partner who understands every aspect of your job, and a coworker you love. But what’s working with your one and only really like? Luckily, Etsy is rife with creatives who partner in both business and life, so I tapped four couples for some insights into how they make it work.

Jenna Park and Mark Sopchak have been together for 20 years — they met at Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington — but they still work hard at making their relationship and their business, Whimsy & Spice, successful. “Our responsibilities are very clearly delineated,” Park says about the delectable confections they peddle. That’s because Jenna is an art director with enviable design and photography skills, and her husband Mark is a baker (one bite of his honey lavender shortbread leaves no doubt about that).


Jenna and Mark of Whimsy & Spice.

According to Park, she never steps into the kitchen, and Sopchak steers clear of design. “I think this has been the key to running the business efficiently and smoothly,” she says. “Where we do collaborate is in the brainstorming of products.” Products like chocolate-cardamom cookies, maple marshmallows, and s’mores kits with homemade graham crackers. Of course, they’ve got a couple of non-work-related collaborations as well — their two daughters. That’s one reason why Park emphasizes the compartmentalization of business and family, even when they’re one and the same. “The one thing that is super important to separate between work and home life is any business conflicts that might arise during the day,” she says. “You don’t want that crossing over to your personal life and affecting what goes on in the home.”


Josh and Audrey of EdiesLab.

Joshua Hardesty, who runs home accessories line Edie’s Lab with his wife Audrey in Atlanta, Georgia, agrees that is the crossover between business and home life is a possible disadvantage of working with your partner. But everything else sounds pretty stellar. “We share the same interests in just about every facet of life, so working together was a natural flow, just like getting married,” Joshua says, tugging on the romantic heartstrings of every girl out there with a penchant for entrepreneurship. “[It] was probably one of the easiest decisions we’ve ever had to make.”

The two met in design school and their line of reclaimed lumber mirrors, mid-century modern inspired letter sculptures, and carved rustic figurines perfectly marries Josh’s manufacturing and production experience with Audrey’s interior design background. When I ask how they make sure to separate business from play, he laughs. “That’s a struggle we have yet to overcome.”

Indeed, that seems to be one of the biggest challenges for couples living and creating together. “Working with a partner is having access to that person the majority of the time — to bounce ideas off of, to follow up on something that needs doing,” says Jordan Provost, one-half of design studio Enormous Champion. “This is, of course, also a disadvantage. We don’t have set hours when ‘no work-talk’ is allowed, except for pre-seven a.m. I demand that I get to have a cup of coffee before I talk about any work.”

Enormous Champion

Jordan and Jason of Enormous Champion.

For Provost and her husband Jason Wong, the delineation of responsibilities was easy: she’s a letterpress printer, he’s a graphic designer, and the ideas for their collection of cards and gifty goods — narwhal-adorned notes, mod-tulip-printed tea towels — are collaborative. Because of this, going into business together happened almost by default. “We were always with each other and always talking about ideas, it seemed an obvious thing to just put them down ‘on paper,’” she says.

For Tara Mangini and Percy Bright, the vintage shop owners and interior-design duo behind Jersey Ice Cream Co., the idea to go into business together began on a romantic (and fortuitous) trip to the Brimfield Flea Market in Massachusetts. “By the drive home we were completely in love and giddy with the idea of starting a shop of our own,” Mangini says.


Tara and Percy of Jersey Ice Cream Co.

Their business roles grew organically, taking shape from the tasks they enjoy. “We play to our strengths, which luckily for us breaks down pretty evenly,” says Mangini. While Bright designs out big spaces, builds furniture, and does construction, Mangini picks out vintage pieces, styles, decides on colors, answers emails, and runs the Etsy shop. “There is tons of overlap, of course. I’ve spent my share of days covered in sawdust, just as Percy has spent hours and hours at flea markets with me, but it’s nice to feel that we each bring something unique to the table.”

Which seems to be the most crucial element for these successful, creatively collaborative couples. After hearing both the good and the bad, I can’t help but feel wistful for a place where crush and career meet. Especially when Mangini sums it up: “We get to spend our time with someone we love and our energy creating work together that we’re proud of, which at the end of the day can’t be beat.”

Do you work with your partner? Share your secrets for success in the comments.

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3 Featured Comments

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts said 4 years ago Featured

    I think it's great to have the whole family involved in the business! Sounds like a good idea to set aside a part of the day where business is off limits. But who better to deal with everyday than the ones you love? If you can learn to deal with each other on problems that arise in everyday life, I feel you can handle frustrations that arise in business areas too.

  • TheSunshineGrove

    Natalie and Jeremy from TheSunshineGrove said 4 years ago Featured

    Thanks for showcasing other Etsy couples like us! My husband and I are creative in different ways, so it’s great to run things by each other to make sure our designs are good fits for our shop. We both write for our blog, and it is great to have a built in proofreader to catch mistakes now and then. We work well together and each are responsible for a different part of our shop. While Jeremy is running wood through the saw, I might be running packages to the post office. I couldn’t ask for a better team!

  • TransientBooks

    Alex Appella from TransientBooks said 4 years ago Featured

    My husband and I have been making books together since 2001, and I don't know that we could imagine anything more ideal. Our commute is 50 steps out the back door, we're our own bosses, and we get to make books for humans all over the planet. I would be lying if I said there aren't some serious hurdles to knock over or jog around when it comes to working with your partner, but they're some of the funnest hurdles I can imagine dealing with. See or in Spanish


  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    I run my business on my own but I'm lucky enough to have my husband help when he can. He is so supportive! I can imagine running a business with your partner may be a little tricky but I think once all the kinks are worked out it could be pretty awesome :)

  • deodorantshop

    Deodorant Shop from deodorantshop said 4 years ago


  • kcparade

    Kim from TimeNSeasonTreasures said 4 years ago

    In some ways I am very envious of these couples as well as all the couples on Etsy. But as I read through here the one thing that stands out the most is that each couple worked things through just a bit different than the next. Just as individuals are unique so are couples when two become one! Thank you for a wonderful article, definitely worth thinking about.

  • ArtDecoDame

    Desiree from ArtDecoDame said 4 years ago

    Wonderful article!Love hearing about creative people and its great when they can find each other and create together.

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 4 years ago

    Great article! I can see how if a couple can get along and be supportive of each other this would be the perfect situation!

  • Letabund

    Letabund from Letabund said 4 years ago

    My fiance' and I run a business together (almost three years now!) and it's been wonderful. You always get the "oh you must fight all the time" comments, but honestly when you spend so much time together working towards the same thing, it just sort of flows better.

  • farrararts

    Susan Farrar from farrarhomedesigns said 4 years ago

    My husband and I work together most of the time. He does however go off periodicaly and make the odd film . He was head of lighting on Wez Andersons The Fantastic Mr Fox and has just finished Tim Burtons Frankenweenie. The fact that he knows so much about how lighting works has helped us develop out range of lighting. We defuse the light so light only shines through the part of the image we want it to shine through. Its like having a painting that lights up. So I produce the image and Toby deals with the construction of the shades. That helps as well because he is the perfectionist and the finished lamps have to be perfect,it is not alwayss easy as both of us can be distracted by a sunny day,back gammon and a glass of vino . One problem is that we are not very business minded and are not good at the money side , I think we may need another couple to join us who have marketing and accounting skills.....any takers ??

  • VeraVague

    Vera and Victor Vague from VeraVague said 4 years ago

    The business of love is the best business.

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 4 years ago

    My husband and I happened to work for the same company for a few months and it did not work! We couldn't stop ourselves from having the kinds of petty arguments couples have in private on the job. Now we both work in the same creative industry, but for different companies, and that is perfect. We can understand each other's joys and frustrations. With my Etsy shop, my husband and small children are wonderful at helping out — whether it's my husband making a run to the post office, my daughter holding the flaps of a cardboard box together so I can tape it for shipping or my whole family saying whether they like a new piece of art I've made.

  • LivCanary Admin

    Liv Carrow from LivCanary said 4 years ago

    Oooh I loved reading this. My dad and stepmom met at work, then ran a bronze hardware business together. There are so many Etsy shops run by sweeties and it's my dream to get my sweetie doing the ironing and photography for my vintage shop someday...sigh.

  • puipuni

    Kaitlin Luksa said 4 years ago

    I own my business along side my husband! We are a Web Design company. It started with just he and I (He being the programmer and me being the graphic designer). It's now grown to a medium sized company! People thought we were crazy when we started working together, they figured it was a disaster waiting to happen (we were dating at the time) but actually it worked out great! There has definitely been some hurdles to leap over but both our love and our company has blossomed!

  • MikiTillett

    Miki Tillett from MikiTillett said 4 years ago

    This is a really sweet post. It's wonderful to hear the stories of such inspiring couples and see how they make it work. I think specialising in different areas helps - that way you have mutual respect for each other's talents and there's no room for a competitive streak! My boyfriend doesn't officially help me run my shop, but I definitely couldn't do it without him. His support and assistance is vital, whether it's making spreadsheets for my finances or holding a reflector for my product photos, and it's great to know that he has my back :)

  • puipuni

    Kaitlin Luksa said 4 years ago

    My husband and I will have been working together for 5 years this May! We started our Web Design company just him and I (He did the coding, I did the graphics) and now it's now grown in to a medium sized agency! Working with your husband can be rough at times, but the rewards are great! Both our love and our company has blossomed! :)

  • HabitNation

    Rebecca and Daniel from HabitNation said 4 years ago

    I love reading this, as my husband and I have been making huge plans to begin working together real soon. It has always been our dream for this to happen. There is no better work partner than your life partner!

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 4 years ago

    I LOVE THIS! I can't wait until we are in a position where my husband can work for our company full time! He is amazing at marketing and PR.

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts said 4 years ago Featured

    I think it's great to have the whole family involved in the business! Sounds like a good idea to set aside a part of the day where business is off limits. But who better to deal with everyday than the ones you love? If you can learn to deal with each other on problems that arise in everyday life, I feel you can handle frustrations that arise in business areas too.

  • grimmandgrete

    Lisa from REBELbyFATE said 4 years ago

    I recently added my babe's name to the shop. His support in this crazy venture of mine has been awesome + lately I have come to rely on his grounded feet versus my perpetual dream state to provide balance. He still works outside the home but when he gets home it's all things R E B E L b y F▲† E!!!

  • UpcycledPetals

    Donnielle from UpcycledPetals said 4 years ago

    That is beautiful that they can work together in their art. The hubby and I hope to one day have a small farm that we tend together but ad for our art. It varies greatly. For he is a writer. I hope to feel the joy of working together with him on something like the couple featured. That is an inspiring post, for sure.

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 4 years ago

    Beautiful stories! :)

  • khateraahmad1

    Khatera Ahmad from Khatera9 said 4 years ago

    There's something truly special about a family run business. My parents have worked together for 25+ years and I've learned a lot watching them.

  • FantasticaIdea

    Roberta from FantaIdea said 4 years ago

    I would love to work with my husband, but he just can have enough time with his other job. So great to know that couples can work together, without killing each other ;)!!!

  • LetsAllMakeBelieve

    LetsAllMakeBelieve from LetsAllMakeBelieve said 4 years ago

    Aww, I love these stories :)

  • cottonandflaxshop

    Erin Dollar from cottonandflaxshop said 4 years ago

    Great article, Lisa! It's great to see such creative partnerships flourish. I love the idea of being half of a creative couple, but having a supportive partner who has a separate career really isn't too bad :)

  • BrightWallVintage

    Jenna and Erik from BrightWallVintage said 4 years ago

    I love working with my husband! His work ethic continues to inspire me. When we go on shopping trips for BrightWall & BrightWallVintage inventory, we always make a date day out of it. We always get the "don't you drive each other crazy?" comments, but working together from home has been a blast!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 4 years ago

    Wonderful stories, now to teach my husband to knit & crochet (not likely), he gets to stick to photography and packaging.

  • PrayerNotes

    Prayer Notes by Cynthia from PrayerNotes said 4 years ago

    Wow! I would love to have my husband in the studio! He comes in and looks around as though he has entered the Twilight Zone. I think the art makes him nervous. LOL! Interesting! Well, at least I have his support!

  • PrayerMonkey

    Laura Fisher from PrayerMonkey said 4 years ago

    My husband is invaluable to my behind-the-scene operations and I believe his talents will make it possible to become more of a partner very soon!!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 4 years ago

    My husband and I met 30 years ago when I began working part time at a retail job while finishing college, and he was working as assistant manager in the same store. We have always worked well together. He's got a business career and I'm a full time artist, but he finds time to help me with projects, and does woodworking to help me make things to paint for my shop and helps with shipping. I listen to his work issues and try to be encouraging and helpful. We plan to have several joint small business income streams as he moves toward retirement some years from now. It's great to have someone to share ideas and plans and problems with. I'm happy for the couples in this post and others on etsy who have made their businesses a true partnership! I think it takes empathy, compromise, and cooperation to make it really work.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 4 years ago

    I've worked with my better half for 18 years & it's worked out fine. We need to have some time apart for the sake of our sanity, but being in separate rooms is enough. We each contribute what we're good at & struggle together with what we're not. Apart from our offline business, we both run online stores as well; he couldn't manage without me doing his packaging & I couldn't cope without him doing the post run every day. As for time "off" or away from work... that's a luxury reserved for folks who work for someone else, a bit like paid vacations!

  • gaiadesignstudios

    gaiadesignstudios from GaiaDesignStudios said 4 years ago

    Great article!

  • kgpaintings

    Kirsten Gilmore from PaintingsByKEGilmore said 4 years ago

    I'm envious; but happy to see these couples made it work. "Sole proprietorship" is a lonely experience.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 4 years ago

    Awesome story!

  • MTmaiden

    Helen N. Hanson from NonToxicSpiritArt said 4 years ago

    My husband starting making barn wood frames for my art. It's been really fun to custom design frames from our own barn wood. The great thing about Montana is that there is always a barn falling down somewhere that needs to be disassembled and taken away and VOILA! More barn wood frames.

  • bgrkid64

    Arthur and Michelle Gonzalez from AMGCraftsandPhotos said 4 years ago

    Loved reading this. It gives hope that the adventure my fiance and I just started out on can actually work.

  • WellRavelled

    Melissa from WellRavelled said 4 years ago

    Great post! I do all of the creating for the shop but my husband is my photographer. I wouldn't be able to do it without him!

  • sukran

    Sukran Kirtis from SukranKirtisJewelry said 4 years ago

    My husband takes care of our 3 years old boy and almost everything at home when I am working in my studio. I could never make it without him..I would wish he could take good photos for me though:) They are a very sweet family who creates great products. Congrats on the feature!!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 4 years ago

    It takes 2 baby, it takes 2 :)

  • rusticcraftdesign

    Sam Squailia from rusticcraftdesign said 4 years ago

    Great article! Working with my spouse has worked out pretty awesome so far!

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 4 years ago

    Wonderful stories! It's great when couples can work towards a common purpose and goal!

  • buhnon

    Shantel Nielson from ThePinkRaffy said 4 years ago

    My husband is great at supporting my crafting addiction :)

  • rukaanne

    Ruth Seiler from CraftsOfRuka said 4 years ago

    My hubby supports me in my work but it is mostly all me.

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing these stories.

  • marrellaelisabetta Admin

    Elisabetta Marrella from breadandcircuss said 4 years ago

    Couples that create together, stay together! Etsy Sellers and sweeties, Patrick and Mara of StudioLiscious were just featured in our Make You Living series! Check it out here: Big yay to love and creativity!

  • thisislullaby

    Vicky Brown from ThisisLullaby said 4 years ago

    Such great stories to read. A world away from how I run my business but inspiring nonetheless :-)

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 4 years ago

    My husband and I love to get our creative on! :)

  • emhGraphics

    eileen from emhGraphics said 4 years ago

    Our business used to be all me until I was diagnosed with cancer and the surgery, chemo and radiation made it tough for me to do it all. But with my hubby's help I didn't need any time off and we never missed a beat. Now that I'm feeling better he's kept his side of the business, punching out the mirrors and going to the post office while I do the designing and printing and answering all the convos. I really love that we share this together.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    Wonderful! When it works it works.

  • yourmomdesigns

    rebekah desloge from yourmomdesigns said 4 years ago

    this is so inspiring. my husband and i are always trying to come up with joint ventures and we really just need to go for it. super impressed by the hard work all etsy couples do to create and stay together.

  • RusticJewel

    Jill Warren from RusticJewel said 4 years ago

    Synchronized energies = synergy! Something I've been thrilled to share with my artist/educator husband. My skills at designing and constructing stuff from tiny to large scale have benefited mightily from his keen sense of aesthetic, as well as from his personal evolution as a painter. When a piece I make gives him goosebumps, I know I'm on to something! Thanks for this article! So happy to see other creative duos.

  • ginasart8

    Gina Hammond from McGillhandmade said 4 years ago

    Now all I need is a husband!lol Enjoyed reading the article-it gives me hope. I would love to have a husband;who would help me! hugs, gina

  • tugboatprintshop

    Tugboat Printshop from tugboatprintshop said 4 years ago

    Hooray for husband/wife collaborative duos!

  • HomeStudio

    Stef and Mark from HomeStudio said 4 years ago

    Great article. It takes two, baby (well sometimes)

  • Aristocrafts

    Aristocrafts from Aristocrafts said 4 years ago

    This article is so inspiring! Love is the fuel to a business engine, it's not just the love that you put into your work, it's the love that inspires and supports you that helps creative people be at their best. It's so wonderful to read about these couples that have found harmony in their family and their work along their partner. I can relate to that so much!

  • ebkriley

    EBK Riley from DeeAndFee said 4 years ago

    Thanks for this. Working together is a goal, as opposed to a dream, actually, maybe a dream goal! Thanks for letting us in on hte owrkings of successful duos!

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 4 years ago

    Wonderful article!

  • CarpetShopPrincess

    Katie Koshy from carpetshopprincess said 4 years ago

    If you work with your spouse, is couples counseling tax deductible?

  • AudreyKerchnerPhotog

    Aud Kerchner from AudreyKerchnerstudio said 4 years ago

    My husband and I have worked on a few projects together. We actually met at work many years ago lol! I'm a designer and he's an engineer so together we are a complete brain (: It's fun and it really works for us. I'm inspired by this articals to propose to him that maybe we start a business.... Maybe.....

  • CharmingShopLove

    Marissa Howes from CharmingShopLove said 4 years ago

    Such a cute article. Both my boyfriend and I are artists, so I love hearing about other couples and how they work and live together with their skill sets. It's wonderful.

  • fbstudiovt

    Laura Hale from FoundBeautyStudioArt said 4 years ago

    My husband and I collaborate a lot in our artistic careers and I was thrilled to see inside the lives of four other couples. In our case, we both have a background in design, and while his aesthetic is more austere than mine, they mesh well. He focuses on creating furniture using only hand tools he's either made himself or rehabbed. I make home goods and planters out of recycled materials. Quite often he'll build a structure for part of my project, and I'll weld the metal elements of his. We both work out of our tiny two bedroom, 1 story home with a backyard we share with 8 other houses, so we had to learn darn quick how to work together and not step on each others' toes (we're both a hem...opinionated). Our compromise? If we really need to work alone on something, it just takes a simple phrase of "I'm all set" and the other steps aside. It requires a lot of sensitivity, clear and constructive communication, organization, and a deep love and respect for each other :)

  • MrPimm

    Meghan P from BustinCaps said 4 years ago

    Beautiful Stories! Cheers!

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio said 4 years ago

    just wonderful! I have had the great fortune to have my husband ( who works full time out of the home... as do I ) help me with my vintage sales on the weekends... he loves readying our little vintage travel trailer and enjoys helpint set up and mingle with the crowds at the outdoor venues. I miss him this year as his job has changed and he is not available on the weekends... my daughter will be helping this year, but I hope he will have time for a few weekends this summer to show off our little trailer and enjoy a little time away from his " real job". great feature! so many creative couples here!

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop from ThePattypanShop said 4 years ago

    This is great. I refer to my husband as the CIO (Chief Inspiration Officer) of my shop!! He keeps me inspired and takes my packages to the PO on most days!!! He keeps me going!!!

  • BemusingBaubles

    Sarah Laguna from BemusingBaubles said 4 years ago

    This is sweet. I just started teaching my boyfriend to make jewelry. I'm trying to teach him techniques one at a time, while he picks out his own materials. His sense of color is...unique...but maybe one day he'll be able to sell the stuff he makes.

  • eleanoragnelli

    Eleanor from EEEsGems said 4 years ago

    My husband and I have worked together since the seventies, some days it's difficult but there in the minority. We have our separate areas and jobs running a retail business , Etsy is mine , but lots of support from him. If your love is also your best friend you will succeed . Good Luck to all who try, if you both work hard it can work.

  • SamSammie

    Sam from SamieSam said 4 years ago

    How wonderful to see all these couples. My husband and I have shared a shop now for 5 years. We love making things together, in fact we rent studio time in a ceramics studio where we make some items I sell on Etsy, and mostly family heirlooms. Our newest "making date" as we call them, is glass blowing. We're getting that rhythm down. In fall we will make 4 stained glass windows for our house together. In the shop he makes custom gentleman's folding knives, and I make jewelry recycled from his knife scraps. Bliss!

  • theshrumshop

    theshrumshop from TheShrumShop said 4 years ago

    Great article! My husband and I are starting this whole new Etsy adventure together & we are still trying to figure things out. He's the creative one with amazing skills especially in sculpting. I handle the prints & all the story-telling of the pieces. It's been interesting to say the least. We're still learning as we go;) Can't wait to see what the future holds:)

  • enidandedgar

    enidandedgar from enidandedgar said 4 years ago

    just enjoy each others company:) our goal is to simply appreciate the day, our children, and our surroundings. we have been married for 18 years and are happiest now. we stopped working about 8 years ago when we went into "business" together;)

  • xwktzz

    Katie Mckiernan from FairCityVintage said 4 years ago

    It can sometimes be hard to let go of an argument when it's the business. We try and not let it trickle over into the relationship. It can be very tricky trying to keep a good balance but it has worked for us for two years. If we can make it through starting it together (the hardest part) then I have high hopes for the future. Oh and it's so much fun!!

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 4 years ago

    I too run most of my business on my own, however my husband does help with a small part of it...He is supportive and helps me whenever I need it...It would nice if we could do one together, totally....

  • Ellareki

    Ellareki from Ellareki said 4 years ago

    I am in awe of couples who can do this - it's so sweet. BUT, to me this would be my worst nightmare. In most aspects of my life I'm a complete loner. I could not work with anyone so closely but I really admire those who can - you must be much less selfish and controlling than me!

  • Judygrl

    Judy Brown from LittleFences said 4 years ago

    My husband puts my wood signs together, sands, screws and boxes up to ship but leaves the painting and actual shipping to me. We have been married 27 years and work very well together.

  • jwlc

    Josephine from MettleMakes said 4 years ago

    Sweet note to end the on :)

  • seabornpress

    seabornpress from seabornpress said 4 years ago

    My boyfriend and I run our shop together and have for the past few years. I guess if I'd thought about it beforehand, I might have been nervous about working so closely with someone I already spent most of my time with - would we fight? would it affect our regular lives? But I'm glad I didn't, because we've never had work problems spill over into normal life problems, and it's pretty great to get to work with my best friend & partner doing something we both love!

  • jjselected

    Julia und Jens from welikevintage said 4 years ago

    Wonderful stories!! My parents have been running an antiques shop together for almost twenty years and up until a few years ago I never thought it would happen to me, too - but it did: In December 2012, my boyfriend and I opened our vintage shop on Etsy. So hopefully we will manage all the ups and downs of running a business together as well as the couples featured in the stories above. Wish us luck ♥

  • RealfaerySupplies

    Betti and Jeno from RealfaerySupplies said 4 years ago

    Awesome articule and love the comments:) We are also a couple having here two shops ( We found that Etsy would fit best for our lifestyle as we have quite a nomadic life drifting between coutries and continents. And we love this!:) Hope to have it for a life time:)

  • LinaNstich

    Lina Rodogianni from LinaNstitch said 4 years ago

    That is so encouraging actually. I am about to start a bussiness with my boyfriend. Thank you for the tips!!

  • jaanatoome

    aNyA from SugarAndChaiVintage said 4 years ago

    Love Rules! :) These stories are just very cute, thanks for inspiration!

  • teazel

    Linny from teazel said 4 years ago

    I have lots of respect and admiration for couples who work well together...!

  • StayArtisan

    J.K. Ramirez from HudsonBlueArtisans said 4 years ago

    Great stories, but business partnership and love can make for a volatile combination....

  • GaryRam

    Gary and Heather from littleRamstudio said 4 years ago

    Have been doing for years - longer than anybody featured here! Know each other since we were 13 yrs old!

  • BaanButterfly

    NA from Sawasdeekaa said 4 years ago

    very nice ! :)

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm from baconsquarefarm said 4 years ago

    Enjoyed your article and the featured couples story's as well ~ mr pete & I have worked together since marriage ~ as farmers and our etsy shop ~ we never lack for conversation and enjoy each others company after all these years, he's my best friend a close 2nd miss pepper the rescue border collie.

  • NewDuds

    Tessa and Torrey from NewDuds said 4 years ago

    look at all these couples! My husband and I run a screenprinting and textile shop and just welcomed our first baby into it all! Its been a big transition with baby but we have wonderful flexibility and are making it work. I wouldnt trade it for the world :) My best tip: Each have your own tasks and butt out on the others, if at all possible. Arguments happen when we both try to work on the same thing too much.

  • Shab2Chic

    Shab2Chic from Shab2Chic said 4 years ago

    You inspire ..... Congratulations and much continued success to the future!

  • lmouer

    Lynsey from lmouer said 4 years ago

    What an interesting post! Congrats on your success!

  • glynniskillen

    Diane and Glynnis from DiGiJewels said 4 years ago

    Nothing better than being able to work with the one you love most!!! Awesome!

  • JimSumner

    Jimmy and Monique from polymeryay said 4 years ago

    My boyfriend and I have been together for 10 years. We have been friends since we were in high school and began dating the last semester of school, we took art classes all for 4 yrs. We also went to the same college for our final 2 years of school I majored in Art he majors in Visual Communication. I started an Etsy shop a little over 2 years ago, and then we started one together because he became interested in what I was doing. He had been employed at a sign shop for about 2 years and I came to work there too and we have been now working our full time jobs together for a little over a year. We are both very very independent and people always ask, "What's it like to work together?" I think it's like any type relationship you are going to disagree, fight, grow, learn, have fun, teach each other. You really have to know when to hold 'em and when to fold them. As cliche' as it is communication is key but, that also means you need to know when NOT to communicate verbally or otherwise space and timing are important. It is really fun though. lol

  • fineartstoneware

    fineartstoneware from fineartstoneware said 4 years ago

    Great article. I can definitely relate to it!

  • clgifts

    CL Gifts from CLGifts said 4 years ago

    Great blog! We are partners in business and in life as well. It is nice to see these four couples making it work well together. Very inspiring. I know that on the days when it seems overwhelming, I am so glad to have my partner to turn to for support!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    Lana Manis from SimpleJoysPaperie said 4 years ago

    How inspiring! :)

  • thesuperchick10

    Melissa Moore from craftykittycrochet said 4 years ago

    What a great article! Very encouraging. Kudos to all of the great and talented couples out there who are making their businesses and relationships work so well!

  • FriendlyFireCandles

    Frenchie and Adam from FriendlyFireCandles said 4 years ago

    Loved this article! For us, this business is my job during the day-- doing the books, packing, posting, promoting, designing, planning home parties etc.. while my husband is a music teacher & director. At night, after our son is in bed and all the nitty gritty of business is done, we get together and create. In the lab, it's a great way for him to unwind from his other jobs, I can prepare for the next day, and since he works so much, it gives us the opportunity to do something together. Wouldn't trade it for anything. :)

  • AkimaBotanicals

    Akima Morgan from AkimaBotanicals said 4 years ago

    My boyfriend is super supportive of my business, and helps out with the grunt work like setting up at farmers markets & craft fairs (especially that darn tent!), otherwise he pretty much stays outside of my business life. But hey, it works!


    Anupama Pradeep from MADSBEAR said 4 years ago

    The hubby and I met at work...and after marriage we were still in the same office working on the same project....and we loved it...No matter how badly my workday was going,I merely had to stand up and take a look at the man sitting 4 yards away and it would bring a smile to my lips.We would have lunch together every day even if it meant waiting because one of us was stuck in some meeting or the other;we took coffee breaks together and were so much together that our friends would ask us if we never got tired of seeing each other.We were and still are best friends.When I quit my job as it got too hectic with both of us working insane hours,he was the one who encouraged me to start a shop on etsy.We still work together.I do the designing,the writing of the pattern,taking photographs and he works on designing the layout of the PDF,editing the photographs and works on the finances.More than me,he is the one who checks in to see if we have had a sale.:) And he encourages me,gives me feedback,acts as my sounding board for all my ideas and keeps me from going overboard and yet makes sure I continue to have faith in myself.No doubts about it;I am truly blessed.

  • eshannon12

    Eric Shannon from BigBarkerDogBeds said 4 years ago

    Wow, good for you. Glad you could make it work!

  • VictoriVincent

    Matt and Victori Vincent from MadMaps said 4 years ago

    My husband and I are newly married and just began working together as artists. After reading this article, it's encouraging to know that there is no one right way to work and run a successful business with your partner. I would like to offer an additional thought. Sometimes it's okay to agree to disagree on a design issue because it builds trust. Since Matt and I are new at this, we really have to listen well to our inner voice and honestly assess when it's time to let go of pride and admit the other person had the best idea. And, there are times when one of us needs to stand firm and have confident in our own idea. For us as newlies, these moments are fantastic learning opportunities that build trust in one another as artists and partners. From these experiences we gain a greater understanding of where we can use our strengthens to further our business and our relationship.

  • unastigsdottir

    Una Stigsdottir from Unaberries said 4 years ago

    It used to rock working with my husband! now we colaborate on each others projects and that is also very nice, best of both worlds. Love from Iceland.

  • brokenasphalt

    Chris from brokenasphalt said 4 years ago

    YIN meet YANG...happiness

  • bradenhammondglass

    Braden and Kristina from BradenHammondGlass said 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this great article! We also work/live/play together and love it for the most part...not everything is as easy as people think it is but it definitely has some great advantages and it's worked fabulously for us for 9 years now!

  • hannahcloud

    Hannah Sharpless from hannahcloud said 4 years ago

    Great post, but I cant believe you missed dapper paper!

  • bebymarcy

    Marcy Langworthy from ManhattanHippy said 4 years ago

    I love having my husband be part of my business. He takes all the pics for the shop and he happily digs through piles of vintage clothing...and every now and then he finds something that makes the final cut ;) As my shop expands, I keep finding more and more for him to do! It's nice to read about other couples making it it can definitely have its challenges! Best of luck to all the couples and their shops.

  • dickyticker

    BRYAN ARKLE from BADceramics said 4 years ago

    BRYAN and DONNA = BAD.(ceramics) Without Donna i would be just B.

  • uncommon

    uncommon from uncommon said 4 years ago

    Hooray for couples that work together! Of course there are challenges, but it's so great to be able to share such a fulfilling part of life together. Keep up the excellent work, you guys!

  • divinecartomancy

    Bren from PsychicBren said 4 years ago

    I think this is a nice article and I certainly hope that it inspires other Etsy couples, after all team work is the best way to approach any venture. Not for me tho, my Fiancee does not know the first thing about reading cards, unless were playing Rummy...Then he's a know it

  • redpoulaine

    Red Poulaine from redpoulaine said 4 years ago

    We're another husband and wife team. We love working together and, while there is some separation of tasks based on our individual strengths and weaknesses, by and large we share just about every aspect of running our shop, from selecting the merchandise to responding to customers. There's no real secret to the process, it's part of our philosophy about marriage: we do our best to treat each other with kindness and respect because those are what hold love together.

  • NoteworthyPress

    Noteworthy from NoteworthyPress said 4 years ago

    My husband and I run our business together and it is the most fun. We each have our different areas of expertise but get to come together on the fun stuff like design ideas. Turning off the business for personal time is something we still haven't mastered but when you love what you do as much as we do it isn't a problem to talk about work so often.

  • WoodrockTurning

    Kerry and Rie from WoodrockTurning said 4 years ago

    Great to know other couple team!! We are working together as well. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. But it's all fun and love!!

  • FoundFest

    Andrew and Nancy from FoundFest said 4 years ago

    Andrew and I aren't married or even living together yet, but we naturally flow in and out of business mode, so it works out :D we can't wait to get married and live together so we can devote our time to making stuff without our respective siblings distracting us, and so we can actually set up a studio area :0

  • knitsbycaitlin

    Caitlin Edge from knitsbycaitlin said 4 years ago

    Something to aspire for. <3

  • TheresasGourmet

    Theresa Ryales from TheresasGourmet said 4 years ago

    Wonderful to see a couple working together and supporting the same goal.

  • Rail19

    Rail19 from Rail19 said 4 years ago

    My husband and I have been in business together for over 5 years on and off Etsy. Its certainly challenging at times, but fortunately for us we have found our perfect fit in different areas of the business which has in some ways strengthened our marriage through practice-makes-perfect compromise. Thanks for sharing this story, even though we ourselves live it, its still awe-inspiring :)

  • bowtieco

    Silva Y from bowtieco said 4 years ago

    Great article! I'd been curious about the couples who do this.. It seems like an ideal dynamic. Thanks for sharing!

  • valerieoutlet

    Valerie from vtylercollection said 4 years ago

    While my husband has his own full time job I have been so, so incredibly lucky to have his massive support. He points out successes when I think the numbers aren't where I want. He was completely supportive of me doing this full time and has even been helpful in teaching me some of his engineering talents to help me with cad design! Plus he spent several hours during the holidays taping, taping and taping away packages handed to him let alone is the best art show helper ever! (My artsy pals always want to borrow him at shows!) One thing this article didn't mention about two co-working couples is the incredible brave risks they take (no full time partner's health insurance to fall back on, no separate salary when times are tough, etc...) Kudos to their bravery and work ethic!

  • TheSunshineGrove

    Natalie and Jeremy from TheSunshineGrove said 4 years ago Featured

    Thanks for showcasing other Etsy couples like us! My husband and I are creative in different ways, so it’s great to run things by each other to make sure our designs are good fits for our shop. We both write for our blog, and it is great to have a built in proofreader to catch mistakes now and then. We work well together and each are responsible for a different part of our shop. While Jeremy is running wood through the saw, I might be running packages to the post office. I couldn’t ask for a better team!

  • julesgraphicdesign

    Julie from JulesGraphicDesign said 4 years ago

    Love this article! I hope to one day team up officially in business with my fiance so I found this article really interesting.

  • dressme

    Liesbeth Soeterbroek from dressme said 4 years ago

    I make my childrens clothes (dressme on etsy) in the conservatory, my husband is a graphic designer, so behind the computer in the living room, after him commuting for years he gave it up 3 years ago and joined me at home working for himself, its wonderful to share time together throughout the day, and the kids get a pretty good deal to, we take it in turns to take and fetch them from school. Not a bad life really. ;-))

  • Savvon

    Irina SAVVON from SalonVirtuelSavvon said 4 years ago

    Oh là là

  • Lorellah

    Lorella Dia from LorellaDia said 4 years ago

    My husband and I lost our jobs in advertising after 2001 tragic September. It was a depressive moment also because I had just become a mother and the future looked so uncertain. But we never gave up our will to make something creative and positive in our lives. I decided not to restart a full time career and to take care of our family, instead. So I started to make jewelry for myself and my friends and to sell them on internet. I then started to embellish our house with 2 chandeliers found at the flea market. A couple of friends asked for their "customized chandeliers" for their house and so we had the idea to repurpose home decor items and sell them, too. My husband helps me with the electrical stuff, as we renew the chandeliers in all their parts. I take pictures, write the description and list the items on Etsy. Our lab is quite small at the moment as we started November 2011, but our dream is to run a bigger company, have co-workers and increase the job opportunities in our country. Also we want to promote Italy through creativity and professionality.

  • simbiotekdesignlab

    Hayley and Hunter from simbiotekdesignlab said 4 years ago

    We run our business, Simbiotek Design, together. I agree that you do need to realize your strengths and weaknesses and find what you like to do. Chances are it will be different things! We split up responsibilities and then share thoughts when we need to get out of our way to create something we are truly proud of. :)

  • marcgounard

    Marc Gounard from marcgounard said 4 years ago

    Great stories, I do all my work alone but would love to have an artist partner to colaborate and create with, thanks for sharing...

  • redgarage

    redgarage from RedGarage said 4 years ago

    My wife and I have worked together for over 20 years side by side, hand in hand, running a contracting co , a home furnishings store, and now we design and build custom furniture. Our life together has been so fulfilling because we've done it with each other,we are a very creative couple and we will edit each others ideas in between taking care of our son and dog and making dinner,but to us, it isn't work if you love what you're doing and who your doing it with. We are best friends.

  • thewildsea

    Anna Smith from LivingWoodDesign said 4 years ago

    My husband Andy and I have definitely grown closer together while running our business; having our kids underfoot and climbing all over us while we're working is part of why we do this. We love that we're together as a family, but that's not to say that it's easy and without its' frustrations. At the end of the day, beautiful things have been created and our kids can see that process, so hopefully they'll grow up with creative outlooks on life!

  • jonarte

    John N. Stewart from jonarte said 4 years ago

    My wife has two businesses (at least), a hair salon, and an Etsy jewelry store called ValsBeads. I'm a semi-retired artist/musician and have an Etsy store with art and music on it . We work together in the sense that we are very supportive and appreciative of each other's work and sometimes show each other's work in our Etsy stores.

  • VicariousClothing

    VicariousClothing from VicariousClothing said 4 years ago

    My husband and I design, create and produce everything that we sell in our etsy shop together. On top of that, we have 2 little girls (2 and 6 years old), one of which we homeschool. Most days are pretty crazy, with making onesie, answering conversations, doing school and making sure to take a break for fun! I know it's not for everyone, but we wouldn't have it any other way! :-)

  • TheBrickyard

    Mary Dosch from TheBrickyard said 4 years ago

    My husband and I have both been full-time potters and gallery-owners together for 32 years! Not always easy, but it beats the alternatives. We're a pretty good team.

  • donnaburkholder

    Donna Burkholder from donnaburkholder said 4 years ago

    I love this article! My husband and I are best friends, we're married fifteen years. I dye fabric and design quilts. I ask Jason for advice lots. I tell him I'm gona hire him when my ship comes in!:) it's my dream to work with my husband like these couples do.

  • JewelDream

    Emily Cupely from JewelDream said 4 years ago

    My boyfriend is always giving me the support and positive words that artists doesn't always receive. Plus he helps me with the translations to English cause mine is still a little rusty!

  • jcartworks12

    CarruthersConsulting from CarruthersConsulting said 4 years ago

    When life deals you lemons...My husband and I have been together for 17 years, 8 of those married. Our relationship has always been one that we spend most of our time together, and when we started working in the same office we thought it was heaven! For us it may have been, but the rat race started to get us down. An eye opening health scare started a new train of thought...what if we could do our own thing? What if all the many years of knowledge my husband has, and the many years of administrative management I have, could marry too? With two babies, mortgage, cars, we're risking it all, but you know what? We've never been happier! It's still very new, but Etsy has given us a platform to which we can start and grow and you know what? We do have something to offer the world and they like it! Our reception has been inspiring to say the very least! We're busy, we're working, we're paying bills, and we're together. My husband hunts, picks and images the pieces we carry. He also restores and consults on the themed objects we cover. I answer emails, supply shipping quotes, and work the books. My Mom paints and supplies fresh colour and ideas for the group and we support her showings. It's gone beyond just a shop online, it's a fast growing family business and my husband and I do it all together. Who knows what the future holds, but we're looking forward it!

  • FreshRetroGallery

    Elizabeth Knaus from FreshRetroGallery said 4 years ago

    With Stan and I, it's technically part-time (for now) working together, see more at our about page: The secret to success is when both are passionate about using artistic ability, God-given talent, desire to pick and clean in order to bring the world great products. Stan has a spot at a brick and mortar antique store 10 miles east and I have a graphic design position 20 miles west, so this proves we think it's important to work hard and be flexible in order to make ends meet and save enough to retire.

  • EleganceFarmHome

    Jane and John Katirgis from EleganceFarmHome said 4 years ago

    So nice to see all the other couples working together! Etsy, you should invite us all to an etsy prom! My husband and I own this shop together and now it is our full-time gig. It ceratinly helps that we really like to be together :) We love creating things and spending our energy building something we are proud of. Then we get to share it with people all over the world. Every day is a bit different, but we each have specific tasks that we enjoy and are good at so we don't step on each other's toes. I have to say it is so awesome to have lunch together, take a nap sometimes, and share this new adventure of owning a business together.

  • Dogdohr

    Joanne Dohr from Dogdohr said 4 years ago

    I enjoy working by myself and sharing only the fun stuff that happens with my husband!

  • DIYmyHome

    Dave and Kelly Davis from BuiltConcrete said 4 years ago

    We love working together on our Concrete and Wood Tables & Art! I design new wood table and art patterns (and do all the marketing/shipping) and he handles the most of the constructing. We paint and stain together. It works...really well!

  • MissingHeirloom

    Elizabeth Pickett from MissingHeirloom said 4 years ago

    I started off by helping my husband in his landscape business - His wife had passed away and he was very behind in much of his work. I volunteered to 'pitch in'. We became great friends - and then we married. We work together in all of our businesses today, in a variety of ways. But the best days are when we are together the whole day!

  • craftlet

    Elena and Alex from Craftlet said 4 years ago

    We are partners in business and in life as well. And I have to say that some times it is a lot of fun. Alex

  • wearthou

    Shirley from wearthou said 4 years ago

    Great article and yay for working with your life partner, best friend and soul mate!! My husband and I collaborate of many ideas - hashing out what works and what doesn't. Sometimes it takes 5 mins to settle on something and other times days til it feels right. I couldn't do it without him and even go into his shop scouting out what new tools he has that I can borrow for my own shop!!!

  • pinkboxstudio

    Pinkbox Studio from pinkboxstudio said 4 years ago

    My H2B and I have been working on creations for the past year or so's been going well..mostly. I have been teaching him to be more of a creative thinker..and he is trying desperately to teach me PATIENCE. He is better at the computer stuff- me- the Dreamer stuff! We are still learning when to give in to one another- and when to stand our ground on an idea one of us loves and the other..not so much.. It's a give and take. Good thing is, we laugh a lot- and we don't go to bed angry. Once the studio door is shut- regular life begins...back to taking care of the dogs and separating the battling daughters....!

  • minkeebabygifts

    Debra and Gary Jordan from MinkyBabyGifts said 4 years ago

    We work together. For the most part we have a blast.......but we recently got a new little shop, so now we have his and hers shops. I can listen to Andrea Bochelli at top volume, and he can have it as quiet as a tomb over on his side. We eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner together, and occasionally see each other while getting a snack in the kitchen. Married 28 years and so happy, so glad we got this opportunity to work together!

  • sassandginger

    Steph and Dave from sassandginger said 4 years ago

    As everyone above, we LOVED this post. Over the last year we have learned so much about business, vintage and each other. It's really an ideal model for typical creative types who can't hype themselves but will go all out for the people they love, so we are always cheering each other on and pushing ourselves to keep up with one another. While researching for the business, we actually were so inspired by Jersey Icecream Co (we love you!!!) and saw that, yeah, it can work!

  • CharmedFox

    Julie Beers from CharmedFox said 4 years ago

    My fiance and I both have etsy shops, and we work together. Couldn't see it any other way. I never get sick of him!

  • Rustbeltlove

    Alyson O from RustBeltPress said 4 years ago

    What a great post! I love seeing how others make it work! My husband is definitely a massively crucial part of the biz, he runs all the numbers and does all my admin so get to spend my time being creative! I definitely would like to figure out how to separate work and home though!! {someday!} :)

  • Sleepwellfamily

    Rachael Kozielec from SleepwellFamily said 4 years ago

    Wonderful post! I enjoyed hearing about Etsy shops and their stories that go with them! It's awesome to know that couples are working together to make their dreams of being a shop owner come true :)

  • stephmelart

    Phil and Steph from antiquissimo said 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing these stories. We are also partners in art, business and life for more than 20 years and still enjoy every moment.

  • meropisart

    Meropi Toumbas from MeropisArtJewelry said 4 years ago

    I love work with my husband, and we enjoy every moment, we have a lot of fun.

  • KatieMarieHorn

    Cat Horn from CatMHorn said 4 years ago

    It is so good to hear about couples working together and making it work. My parents had their own business together for all of my life but it wasn't really such a good idea. Because of that I have always been afraid to work with family or friends. My fiance helps me out with my business and he has even made a few things for my shop. It is encouraging to hear so many stories of couples who can work and play together. Thanks for such a great post.

  • AuraRosesTreasures

    Aura Rose from AuraRosesTreasures said 4 years ago

    I run a cooperative business. But I could not do it without the collaborative effort of my husband. He engineers designs, contributes ideas and constructive criticism and supports me in every way. We are an inseparable team. Frequent decompression involves working on our creative projects while watching a movie. We'll take a few minutes to huddle and laugh at the screen while munching pretzels on the couch!

  • AuraRosesTreasures

    Aura Rose from AuraRosesTreasures said 4 years ago

    Oh, yes - I think the secret to working together is to take life together lightly. Give each other lots of space when there are disagreements. Let ideas gestate and come together at the right time. If we are argumentative, it's time to relax and let go for awhile. You can't resolve every issue right away.

  • TransientBooks

    Alex Appella from TransientBooks said 4 years ago Featured

    My husband and I have been making books together since 2001, and I don't know that we could imagine anything more ideal. Our commute is 50 steps out the back door, we're our own bosses, and we get to make books for humans all over the planet. I would be lying if I said there aren't some serious hurdles to knock over or jog around when it comes to working with your partner, but they're some of the funnest hurdles I can imagine dealing with. See or in Spanish

  • mohabirsingh

    Atama Dindyal-Singh from FairyGlowLantern said 4 years ago

    this is awesome, Lovely to read other couples making it on etsy.. My Husband and i also thrive as full time sellers on etsy we both show case our own Art in Jewelry I design Fairy Tale he design Recycled jewelry using Bullets collected from local gun ranges.. I love having him working with me and following hid reams as a creative inspirational Artist.. Together we care for our 3 children at home. Thank You Etsy Mr. & Miss Singh

  • SweetBohemianLife

    Kathryn Greenwald from SweetBohemianLife said 4 years ago

    Love reading about all the happy couples working together. I work with my husband after his chasing jobs in three different states in the last six years, he decided to join me, the starving artist and work together. We print with a direct to garment printer and sell our designs here on Etsy. We appreciate our commute, a few steps to the print room and art room : ) I think the most important thing about working together is space. You each need to do have your own space/time to keep your identity. We have left our comfort zone of having a steady income through a job (quit our day job) Etsy is our main income and it's working! It's exciting to see our business growth from last year. I am eternally grateful for my Etsy site <3

  • EricOltersdorf

    Eric Oltersdorf said 4 years ago

    My wife and I opened Snackbox, our design and PR agency six years ago. We work out of our home so we're around each other 24/7. Good thing we're best friends! ;)

  • appleturnovershop

    elisa rathje from appleturnovershop said 4 years ago

    great piece, nice to see so many mom & pop shops - just the way it always was really, on the farm or in the village. i work with my sweetheart a lot, he's always behind the scenes at, enabling so much of what i want to do. we have been working together since before we even met in person - my first solo exhibition needed lots of consultation about video, so we were chatting about work from the first. i rely on him to keep me centered, to push me to new levels, affirm what i'm doing. i help him with his own projects the same way. the trick for us is really to make sure we sort out anything that comes up personally, because it is hard to work together if you're cross! and to keep other routines, for health and family, as strong as possible. x

  • slimmyjimmy

    James said 4 years ago

    My wife and I loved this article SO much because we have been thinking about doing the same thing, but were a little afraid-now we`re not. Thank You!

  • joycekropewnicki

    Joyce Kropewnicki from CozyComforts10 said 4 years ago

    I have been married to the same guy for 40 years with our anniversary this Easter Sunday. He is different in his approach to projects than I am. I come up with an idea and want to implement it right away. He needs to think about it and study various solutions for a much longer time. When we work on something together there are frustrations. My approach may require some re-design while his generally work out once they are initiated. I design, select fabric and sew up quilts tops. Sometimes he helps me lay out the three layers to keep them all straight. He helps when its time to take some photos as quilts can be pretty bulky and large. I enjoy writing the stories of each quilt. If I need a display or frame, he takes charge of that. I know my limits around saws. We also own an apartment complex which we do most of the updates ourselves. I'm learning to slow down and do a better job of painting so the end result looks better. I stick to mostly demolition while his bathrooms and kitchen updates are impeccable. Somehow we optimize our strengthens and prop up each others weaknesses.

  • teRRaNEU

    Tamera, Zeus And Michael Price from TerraNeu said 4 years ago

    I Love That! Thank You. I Just Had A Working Vacation With My Hubby And At The End Of It All... He Kinda Made His Way Into The Etsy Shop. We Work Together Well On All Other Levels. At This Very Moment... I Would Love Nothing More Than Working With Him Full Time. We Have Only Been Married For A Year..LOL So Far So Good! <3 Thank You Again! Oh, Zeus Is Our Chihuahua... We Consider Him The Boss.

  • AltarEco

    Rachael Rice from CosmicAmerican said 4 years ago

    Two words: SEPARATE. BEDROOMS.

  • sheilamcbryde

    Sheila McBryde from vintagejewelryanew said 4 years ago

    Thank you for such a great article! Two creative minds working together has got to be a comfort. I'm hoping some day my husband can retire and get his creative juices flowing and work alongside me. P.S. Can't stop thinking about homemade graham crackers with s'mores, yum!

  • CreatiKnit

    CreatiKnit from CreatiKnit said 4 years ago

    Wonderful article! Love the couples too! Thank you!

  • CreatiKnit

    CreatiKnit from CreatiKnit said 4 years ago

    Wonderful article! Love the couples too! ;) Thank you!

  • riajewelsandvintage

    ria from CandVBoutique said 4 years ago

    Great and inspiring articles. Beautiful !

  • Pysar

    Yuri Pysar from Pysar said 4 years ago

    Such a gerat article :) We are a happy couple working together too :) I´m telling you guys, it´s so great to work wtih somebody you really love!!!! :)

  • gescate

    Gino Escate from Gygante said 4 years ago

    Great post! I'll to everything better with my wife :)

  • mbartstudios

    mary and cory burrows from mbartstudios said 4 years ago

    it's nice to know that so many couples are joining the handmade movement together. great post!

  • merelypaper

    Sojung Lee from Merelypaper said 4 years ago

    Wow! Thank you for this article!! My husband and I are just starting out growing our business together. Trying to figure out how to balance home and work is always tough because the dynamic seems to change all the time!

  • halliefranco

    Hallie Franco from HallieJohanna said 4 years ago

    What a cute article to peruse about a few unique couples who make such wonderful things!

  • EntropyTradingCo

    Caleb and Lynsey from EntropyTradingCo said 4 years ago

    We are another married couple running our Etsy shop together, and it has been an amazing experience! We each have our separate duties - he's great at designing, and I handle the business responsibilities - and our shop is super efficient! Nice to see a story about other couples making it work!

  • melissahager

    Melissa Hager from melissahager said 4 years ago

    Love this article, my boyfriend and I have worked together in the past and are teetering on working together on our own business collaboration. We know we work well together and have known each other for 12 years now and this article gives even more confidence to that. Thanks to all of the wonderful couples for sharing their stories!

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    Elizabeth and John R from ForgottenCotton said 4 years ago

    This is a great post! My husband and I run our shop together and I don't know how we could manage any other way. Thankfully it just came natural and we have our own bits we do ourselves (I do the packing, he does the accounting) and bits we do together (purchasing, making, etc). It is hard to make the separation of work vs home vs thinking about your business all the time. Because we work together, I am going to be able to quit my day job in June and we are both going to run the business full time. It is really the best of both worlds. We really see ourselves as a team! Thanks for showcasing us "teams!

  • Motleycouture

    Motleycouture from Motleycouture said 4 years ago

    Loved reading their stories! Two heads are better than one!

  • corrupiola

    corrupiola from corrupiola said 4 years ago

    Lovely post and comments! So nice to see how many couples are sharing their lives and work! Corrupiola is a couple indeed. Sometimes we want to kill each other!! rsrs After 15 years we still in love so much and we are best friends. :)

  • Kam2012

    Kam from RiverGoddessBoutique said 4 years ago

    Great post. So nice to hear so many couples can work together so effectively. My partner thinks all my jewellery pieces look the chance of a collaborative the near future anyway!

  • PoshPrincessBows1

    Sheila Rinehart from PoshPrincessBows1 said 4 years ago

    I love this post. I totally admire all of the couples who are able to collaborate and work together to make beautiful items!

  • barefootbridalshop

    The Barefoot Bride from BarefootBridalShop said 4 years ago

    Wonderful post! My husband and I collaborate on many, many different projects - from our respective Etsy shops (there's a lot of design crossover) to our family farm - we've found ways of making our common interests a common business. As partners in marriage and partners in business, there will always be differences of opinion, times where we clash and those wonderful moments when the common vision comes together to create something beautiful! Did I also mention that we're both horseback riding instructors? We play on one another's strengths and support the weaknesses to make it work. In life, business and play, it's all better together!

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls from GemdropsoftheFalls said 4 years ago

    Wonderful love stories. Congratulations to all of you! Thank you for sharing your inspiring stories. :)

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