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Get an office ASAP, entrepreneur tells couples starting a business

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Business-minded couples looking to turn their relationship into a partnership should invest in an office as soon as they feel they're ready, according to entrepreneur Allie Siarto.

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Business-minded couples looking to turn their relationship into a partnership should invest in an office as soon as they feel they're ready, according to entrepreneur Allie Siarto. The 27-year-old started social analytics firm Loudpixel just three years ago with her husband and claims her business and marriage has never been stronger. Still, she admits to encountering a few bumps along the way and advised all those considering starting a company with their spouse to run through her checklist to avoid "major headaches" down the road. One key tip listed in her most recent post at forbes.com was to get an office as soon as finances allow that luxury. However, Ms Siarto said working from home had served her own business well in its formative years. "You shouldn't run out and get an office right away but see if you can start budgeting for an office or co-working membership as soon as possible," she wrote. Ms Siarto and her husband spent the first year of their partnership running things from home and used a local co-working group to meet with other entrepreneurs in order to get out of the house and network with fellow professionals. In which case, based on Ms Siarto's experiences and subsequent success, British start-ups might see value in setting up shop in a garden office - technically detached from their home - whilst saving up to fund a move into a bigger building. Then, when the move is complete, the couple could still use their garden building to work from home on the odd occasion. Going through all of these details with a spouse might seem like one of the most challenging things to do - but Ms Siarto claims it can also be one of the most rewarding. "There will be tears and laughter. There will be celebrations and frustrations. But in the end, there's nothing like sharing the payoffs of working together toward a common goal with your life partner," she stated, cited by streamica.com.

Author:

Richard Towey

13th March 2013