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Trust is a huge advantage for spouses running companies but blurred boundaries remain.

The number of couples who are spending their working, as well as family, lives together is significant. One study by FreeAgent, an accounting software provider, estimated that 1.4m couples run businesses together in the UK. In the US, the National Federation of Independent Businesses says 43 per cent of small businesses are family-run, in which 53 per cent of managers share day-to-day management with a spouse.

Here are the things you need to consider

Founder of Couplepreneurs, Patricia Bacon, contributes to a Financial Times article exploring the highs, lows, benefits and challenges of being a Couplepreneur – whatever your industry. The full article by Susie Mesure is now available online.

Rachel Laine and Dave Bill image credit: Charlie Bibby for Financial Times.