We met in 1995 and it was love at first sight. There was only one problem: we were trying to start a business together. We sprinted to a therapist and asked, “Are we completely crazy to want to build a working relationship and romantic relationship at the same time?” She said it could work, and we haven’t looked back.
We are Gene & Julie Gates and for over 20 years we have been in business together… hosting a morning radio program in some of America’s most exciting cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas Atlanta, and Raleigh-Durham. We also owned an award-winning Italian restaurant together. Like you, we get up from the same bed, commute in the same car, work in the same office and parent the same child. It’s a 24/7 relationship… and we love it! The #1 question we get every day is, “How on earth do you work together without killing each other?” Most days are filled with fun and laughter. Then there are the days we step on each other’s last nerve. But there is nothing better than working with the love of your life.
Even though there are countless benefits to working with your spouse, couples who work together face unique challenges. You don’t only discuss business strategy together, but you also have to figure out who’s getting your Mini Me at carpool and when on earth can you squeeze in another Date Night. When you’re a Working Couple and you schedule a conference call with your biggest client you have to hire a babysitter to make sure your 3-year-old isn’t singing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in the background.
Working together has been an incredible adventure, but we realized something crucial was missing from our life: a network of other crazy folks sharing these same experiences. We needed a group of friends who could relate to the unique circumstances that only other couples working together could understand. That’s the genesis of the Working Couple Network. This is a place for Working Couples… those of us who are in the trenches who can offer fellowship, advice, successful strategies and products that have been lifesavers in optimizing our blended work/home lives. We will post blogs, interviews with other successful Working Couples and coordinate gatherings.
We know firsthand you’ve got to have a screw loose to work with your romantic partner… but it’s the most amazing and rewarding journey to travel. Won’t you join us?
Gene & Julie
Founders, Working Couple Network