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Couples Find Ways To Build Profits And Happy Homes

Over the years, they found that working together helped with personal matters like taking care of their children and their and aging parents. They also have figured out how to keep the business running when family issues inevitably crop up. This week, Pam was unable to make a client meeting because she had to travel to help an older relative with a health issue. Mark covered for her â¿¿ and also dealt with the aftermath of the blizzard that dumped two feet of snow in the Boston area.

"We both always know what's going on at home or at work," Pam says.

A LEARNING PROCESS

Natalie and Carlos Giron are still learning how to work together as business owners. It's a difficult process because it's complicated by worries about money.

Carlos lost his job with a public relations firm at the end of 2008. Natalie was working as a teacher at a Catholic school. The couple decided the best way to support themselves was to invest Carlos' $5,000 severance pay into a learning center and tutoring business in the New York City borough of Queens.

Natalie runs Mrs. Giron's Tutoring and Learning Center, working with children and their families, and overseeing as many as five part-time workers. Carlos runs the center's website and does the marketing while also building his own business as a marketing consultant.

Owning a business has put a lot of pressure on the couple.

"When I was a teacher, I was more relaxed. He was the main breadwinner," Natalie says.

Carlos is stressed, too. They have had arguments over the direction of the business, like whether to raise fees. At one point, Natalie questioned whether they should stop running the business together â¿¿ or if they should even run it at all.

"If the business brings us money but ruins our relationship, it's not worth it," she told Carlos.

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