Internet Marketing and Working With Girlfriend: Good Idea or Not?

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Has anyone out there ever worked closely with their girl friend? Is it a good idea or not? I've talked to a few friends who say everything from its a bad idea to think about it carefully. Does love and Internet marketing mix?

She's a nice person and all that, it's just that a lot of my friends and acquaintances have heard of or had bad experiences. I never gave it a second thought until they brought up the precautions.

It's at least making me go to the WF experts for feedback, I at least have sense enough to do that.

So, anyone have any experiences with working with a girl friend or even spouse.

Any advice is appreciated, especially how to avoid the potholes of working with a girl friend?

Thanks in advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author areevez
    You just have to be very patient in the beginning, I am teaching my wife how to do things and at times I get frustrated because it takes her a long time to understand things that are simple to me. Which then leads to friction in our personal relationship, but that is a fault of my own, I've been doing this IM thing for almost 3 years and she just started showing interest in it, so I just have to be more patient. It is always been said to keep your wife or girlfriend away from business, but if you guys work together and have patience with eachother it can work out. It's just like you and your girlfriend working at the same JOB, there will be times when arguments spark because of you having to work together. Just work together, have patience and you and your girl can get rich together.
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  • Profile picture of the author Clara H
    It's probably the same deal as going into business with a close friend, it could be a good idea, but if there is a falling out things can get nasty and you lose both your business and your friend. In the end it is your choice, and it depends on how interested your girlfriend is in IM. If she isn't passionate about it, she may find it difficult to be motivated which can mean slower progress.

    My boyfriend is very interested in IM so I am currently teaching him the basics and showing him the products that I've bought that helped me. At first I thought we could work on projects together, however I decided this may actually slow things down (instead of speed it up like I was hoping) because while he is very interested and serious about it, the passion and motivation is not there... yet. Maybe when he gets the hang of things it will be.

    So instead I'm helping him start his own IM business and we can motivate each other, swap results on what works for us, and keep track of each other's progress.
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  • Profile picture of the author Isaiah Jackson
    That is actually a good question, I have a girlfriend but I don't work with her online. But if she asked a question about it I would explain it to here give her some type of idea of what I was doing.

    Then if she suggests dong it with me (internet marketing of course) then yeah I would do it, I would just let her know work is work when we are online we will work I'll do my part and you will do yours.

    If you can come up with a plan of execution I would do that to you know divide it up, one day you do something and the next day have her do something and if she has a question show her how to do something but don't do it for her.

    Thats just what I would do, I had this conversation with my mom and she was interested in doing it so I pretty much gave her a worksheet as a test really, and she is all for it :-)

    Originally Posted by The Niche Man View Post

    Has anyone out there ever worked closely with their girl friend? Is it a good idea or not? I've talked to a few friends who say everything from its a bad idea to think about it carefully. Does love and Internet marketing mix?

    She's a nice person and all that, it's just that a lot of my friends and acquaintances have heard of or had bad experiences. I never gave it a second thought until they brought up the precautions.

    It's at least making me go to the WF experts for feedback, I at least have sense enough to do that.

    So, anyone have any experiences with working with a girl friend or even spouse.

    Any advice is appreciated, especially how to avoid the potholes of working with a girl friend?

    Thanks in advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
    That's a difficult one.

    It really depends on the person whom you are working with and you.

    I taught my own girlfriend how to make money online and she was doing pretty good for a while, but then she dropped off and it was pretty hard to get her back up, now she's started putting more effort into it and she's doing a lot better.

    But actually "working with" is a much different story. I'm not going to say it's a bad idea, but you really need to make sure your relationship can handle the pressure.
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    • Profile picture of the author MattVit
      Do you feel your relationship will be long-term? Have you considered that she may ask for a 'chunk' of your work if she breaks up with you? When tensions are high, and profits are low, the circuit breaker will probably be your relationship. :S
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  • Profile picture of the author Affiguy
    Be prepared that working together will have a big affect on your relationships at times. I used to do mutual business with my partner, we've broken up as a couple but are still good business partners and receiving some profit from our mutual projects.

    It really depends on people. If she is serious about IM and not getting too emotional over some possible misunderstanding, give it a try.

    Anyway, there is no one scheme or piece of advice working for all. If you both want to start a project, do it! You can be good help and support to each other when needed as you will be both in the know of your current issues.

    Good luck with that!
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    I really think that you should at least give it a try to see if it works out or not.

    In many cases, it is better to work by yourself because you are more focused.
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  • Profile picture of the author WhiteStarlight
    Originally Posted by The Niche Man View Post

    Has anyone out there ever worked closely with their girl friend? Is it a good idea or not? I've talked to a few friends who say everything from its a bad idea to think about it carefully. Does love and Internet marketing mix?

    She's a nice person and all that, it's just that a lot of my friends and acquaintances have heard of or had bad experiences. I never gave it a second thought until they brought up the precautions.

    It's at least making me go to the WF experts for feedback, I at least have sense enough to do that.

    So, anyone have any experiences with working with a girl friend or even spouse.

    Any advice is appreciated, especially how to avoid the potholes of working with a girl friend?

    Thanks in advance.
    It's actually depends how do you perceive reality. It's not a good or a bad idea, man, but u must be prepared for relationship to end at any time, then u won't be affected i u will broke with her and will be able to work well. however it is not that easy after being in long term relationship for several years to work with that person and knowing that you are not together already.
    But you shouldn't limit yourself too much. If you like the girl you work with - why not to give it a try? Maybe you will be happy with that girl or maybe no. Anyway it is much better to try and no matter what the end result will be, at least you won't blame yourself afterwards for that you didn't take the action.
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  • In my case, I enjoy working with my girlfriend. It's nice to wake-up in the morning and see the lovely face of my girlfriend. We'll take breakfast and sip our coffees together while we check our earnings. It's just great to have a supportive girlfriend.
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  • Profile picture of the author stopper
    From personal experience your really have to lay low be difficult to be angered and quick to forget and ignore a few or something here and there be humble lay low
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    • Profile picture of the author LindseyRainwater
      I've worked alongside my husband in a few ventures - construction, truck driving (admittedly, I wasn't a driver), and online business. It has been wonderful. I can't picture any other way of doing it.

      BUT I've also met plenty of women who can't fathom working with their man because there would be too many issues.

      I'm sure this has been pointed out, but it comes down to how well you communicate, how passionate you both are about the venture, and how much you trust the other person. Not too unlike any relationship I guess.

      One thing that has made it easy for me and my man is that there are clear guidelines we follow. When it was construction, he was in charge, his word was law on the jobsite, and I had my assignments. Now, with IM, I'm in charge, I have final say on decisions, but I don't put a toe in his job of generating traffic unless he asks for advice.

      Clearly defined roles have always helped us to work together really well, as well as never micromanaging. You have to trust the other person to do their job without being nagged or watched.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sander Zaydman
    Hey,

    Working with you girlfriend is a bit tricky. The challenge is if she is a complete noob you will have to spend most of your time and investment in teaching her about internet marketing. The key is if she is really passionate and interested in learning it.
    If she is not passionate, its going to be like taking blood from a rock.
    This might seem like a great idea, but it can have an impact on your relationship. You will truly need to understand her learning style and be completely patient as you get her up to speed. This could be a good challenge for you to see if you can teach someone who you care about and are in a close relationship.

    Good Luck!

    -Sander
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    I have tried it once with an Ex Girlfriend...
    Now she is an Ex what does that tell you
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  • Profile picture of the author bensonenterprise
    That is a difficult question. My husband supports me but he has no interest in what I do so we don't work together but I did recently bring my mother on board for her skills in accounting and it is working out fine. I have to be more patient with her than I would with a stranger but it works for us because she understands her role and she accepts it and I understand that she is not just another employee or partner and I accept it.

    When you add into the mix someone you are close to there will be some concessions you will need to make but if you are both mature and understand this, it could work. Since you have already been doing it, it looks like it has been working already.

    Something to keep in mind is to have clearly established understandings, if you are partners maybe even draw up a legal document to protect yourselves later down the road should something happen with your personal relationship.

    Working together can be rewarding but it can also be challenging should things turn south. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
    Thanks good tips, and definitely excellent food for thought and points to consider. Both Pro and Con.
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  • Profile picture of the author swilliams09
    Have her work FOR you not WITH you. I don't believe in partnerships. I do believe in employees, freelancers and joint ventures, but at the end of the day I captain my ship. Retain ownership, share profits. Be smart.
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  • Profile picture of the author The Magician
    If your girlfriend's knowledge and skills are such that she can contribute positively to your business, then you have at least one argument in favor of inviting her into your IM business. You could also explore her interests -- if there's a set of tasks you can delegate to her once she's mastered them, that's a second plus. Just don't let romance get in the way of your bottom line...
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  • Profile picture of the author spideysteve
    I can't teach my wife ... anything at all really ... I get frustrated because she's "not getting it" and she gets frustrated because I'm "pushing her too hard" ... for us it just doesn't work

    However, I've seen the exact opposite with friends of ours where they can do things together like this no problem ... go back to personal experiences you've had together (maybe you've built a fence or painted a room together) and think about how those went
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  • Profile picture of the author benzwm02
    Dont do it, especially if she is not 100% interested in the idea.. I have had bad experiences lol
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  • Profile picture of the author gorvene
    I worked with my girlfriend on several internet projects. The first project was a website that we built together but since that first project we always worked on our own thing. She would build her own internet business and I built mine. We broke off and she kept her internet assets and I kept mine. You never know what will happen tomorrow between the two of you, so I advise you work together but keep the assets separate until you are married.
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    • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
      Working with girlfriend is like performing delicate surgery. And other times like diffusing wiring on a cluster bomb. But for the most part it brings you closer together and teaches you patience. Keep the advice coming though. Even a pep talk now and then wouldn't hurt.
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      • Profile picture of the author danstelter
        I think this can definitely work. In my case, my wife and I are very different on how we see things in relation to business, so I'm not sure that it could work during my current entrepreneurial effort. However, we did work together briefly in the very recent past, and I was very worried that it would not work out, but it actually was awesome. We got to talk to one another and learn more of our strengths as individuals. It can surprise sometimes!
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        • Profile picture of the author Jacko
          I would never work with my wife. We can do many things together (obvious)
          but working is not one of them. But I guess it all depends on your girlfriend
          and you. I think sometimes it is a good idea to try waters first. Suggest that to her
          and be honest, if the thing doesn't work you finish society as wise adults.
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        • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
          Originally Posted by danstelter View Post

          I think this can definitely work. In my case, my wife and I are very different on how we see things in relation to business, so I'm not sure that it could work during my current entrepreneurial effort. However, we did work together briefly in the very recent past, and I was very worried that it would not work out, but it actually was awesome. We got to talk to one another and learn more of our strengths as individuals. It can surprise sometimes!
          You mentioned you worked together briefly, was that intentional or did something happen or reason why you cut it short? Did you give here specific duties or did she choose what she wanted to do? Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheila Dunfrey
    It depends on the two of you. If you think your girlfriend can be trusted and can work things with you in a good rapport, why not!
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  • Profile picture of the author CanadaSEO
    That is a difficult one. There will be several scenarios if that happens. If you and your girlfriend clashes opinions and ideas with each other, it will be very difficult for the two of you to move on with the IM business. If the two of you agrees harmoniously, chances are you'll get along with each other and will also be the cause of a blossoming relationship.
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  • Profile picture of the author TolyZ
    It can go two ways:
    She'll expect YOU to do all the work and she just wants to collect the money. (Most likely)

    OR

    She will be willing to work hard, learn and fail few times, but at the end it will be a successful JV (Probably not going to happen).
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    • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
      Originally Posted by TolyZ View Post

      It can go two ways:
      She'll expect YOU to do all the work and she just wants to collect the money. (Most likely)

      OR

      She will be willing to work hard, learn and fail few times, but at the end it will be a successful JV (Probably not going to happen).
      Hey, sounds like you're speaking from experience, it has that ring to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author nishant0000
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    really a perfect question messed up with the two hot topics...one is about girlfriend and other is about internet marketing...in my opinion the business get continued with any person who has the knowledge of carrying the work and the understanding of partnership
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