Having separate careers, sometimes with different hours, can cause strain in any relationship. A possible solution for couples that need more time together is to work together. There are several opportunities, many of which are on-site jobs, that make this scenario possible. Like many things, there are advantages and drawbacks to working with your partner.
Opening a Business
Many couples decide to open businesses together. This can be an exciting adventure, particularly when it draws upon the things that interest you both. Find a niche with your partner that plays well into your interests and talents while fulfilling a need people may have. The drawbacks of such an endeavor come when decisions have to be made and there are differing opinions, and when the couple takes their work home with them. As one man who operates a business with his wife told CNN, "If you aren't comfortable with that, don't go into business together."
Some couples choose to become apartment or property managers. These jobs often require the couple to live on the property in case there are problems. In these cases, it would literally be impossible not to take your work home with you. These jobs require strong organization skills, as regular duties would include leasing, taking care of maintenance problems, lawn care, managing a staff and collecting rent.
Ministry jobs are perfect for couples who are religious and have a desire to make differences in peoples' lives together. Many churches will hire couples to work together as youth pastors or directors. These are particularly attractive jobs for couples that are not only religious but also love to work with children.
Many campgrounds will hire couples to do work camping, or "workamping" jobs. These jobs are often part time, but they can be full time as well. Some require full-time work for a certain time period, such as in the summer months. Couples are sometimes required to live on the property and assist visiting campers with RVs. These jobs are perfect for couples who love the outdoors and are good with people. Workamping is a great way to make some extra money for retired or semi-retired couples, as well.