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7 Work from Home Jobs for Couples

Working from home lends itself perfectly to jobs for couples but make sure you understand the risks

There are two types of couples in this world. One that needs the eight hours apart every day to make their time together more precious and to maintain their sanity (SERENITY NOW!).

The other couple would love nothing more than to be able to share their days together as well as their nights.

If you’re one of the latter couples, then there are lots of opportunities to mix business and pleasure by working together.

But there are risks to working together as a couple.

Let’s look first at some jobs for couples before talking about how you can work better as a couple without straining the relationship.

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Work from Home Jobs for Couples

The internet has opened just about any job to working from home and that includes couples either working together or just both working from a home office.

I know several couples that work together on their online business, running websites together. There’s a lot more that goes into running a blog than most people think. Besides just producing the regular content; you have to manage advertising, product creation, social media profiles and graphic design.

work at home jobs for couples

That breadth of roles can make it tough for one person to manage everything but it’s perfect for a couple with the same goal of creating a world-class online business.

It works best if each partner can find specific roles in which they can succeed. This may mean that one spouse is the audience-facing member handling content and social media while the other partner is in a back-office position.

With specializing in different roles, not only does each person build up real expertise in that job but it’s a good way to give each other some private space during each day. This means that each specific job belongs to one of you. Your partner can offer suggestions and ideas but you have control. You can also work in a separate room to just get away for a moment.

We’ll go into more detail on ways couples can work better together but it’s important that neither partner sees themselves as just a supporting role. Just like in the relationship, the business has to be an equal partnership.

Another great work from home job for couples is creating a YouTube channel. I’ve seen husband and wife teams grow huge channels on YouTube and for one very simple reason.

Success on YouTube is all about building a community of people that relate to you and your message. That community comes back to watch every video and that sends positive signals to YouTube to send the video out to more people. Basically more people watching = still more people watching.

The advantage a couple team has is they always have someone that fans can relate to on camera. For example, I connect pretty well with the male audience but just haven’t been able to get much female viewership. On the other hand, I have friends that have a husband and wife or a family channel and they get millions of views because they’re followed by men, women and even kids!

Just like in blogging, it helps if partners split up roles to run a channel. Both can be on camera and have a hand in scripting videos but then split up the other tasks. One person gets good at editing while the other works on social media.

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Side Hustles for Couples

Another great way to work together as a couple is through an Amazon FBA business. This has been one of the most amazing online business ideas over the last few years and can easily provide a six-figure income.

I’ve got a few detailed posts on getting started with Amazon FBA but it’s basically starting your own retail brand online. You’ve heard of reselling items on Amazon or eBay, buying branded items and selling through a page on the ecommerce platforms.

Amazon FBA takes this one step further for higher profits. You create the brand yourself and sell your own products!

For less than a few grand, you can have your own clothing line or toy company. The platform and manufacturers handle a lot of the logistics and other roles but there’s still enough to manage to keep two people busy.

Combining an Amazon FBA business with a website gives you the potential to really kickstart your business. One spouse can run the retail side of operations while the other runs the website.

Working from home as a couple doesn’t mean you have to be stuck to the computer all day. There are other traditional jobs you can do from home as well.

Any large apartment complex needs several people for property management roles including tenant management and maintenance. This is perfect for a couple with experience in administration and repairs.

My mom and stepfather ran a daycare business out of our home for nearly a decade when I was younger. The number of kids you can watch is tied to the number of adults supervising so a couple working together can usually take on up to 10 or more children.

This is one where both partners really have to be onboard with childcare though. If you’re going to have ten screaming kids running around the house all day, both of you will need to help. One spouse can’t just do the cooking and cleaning and not expect to have to watch kids too.

One of my favorite side hustle business ideas is a neighborhood meals service where you cook a couple of meals a week then sell plates to neighbors and your local community. It’s a big job with groceries, cooking and delivery so it helps to have more than one person involved.

Jobs Abroad for Couples

Some of the most popular jobs for couples are abroad or while traveling. They may not pay as much as a full-time job but can be a great way to pay for your travel expenses and see the world.

Estate Caretaker is a common job for couples you’ll find in just about any country. While house swapping can be done by an individual, larger estates are going to need more work than one person can handle.

That makes it perfect for a couple that can split up the chores like cleaning, maintenance and yard work. Expect to be paid between $500 to $1,000 for a month plus all room and board.

Teaching English is always an easy option for working travelers. English schools are constantly looking for native speakers and pay is often higher than most local jobs. It can be tough getting a commitment from a school before you travel so this is one of those jobs you’ll need to set up when you arrive.

work from home jobs for couples

Getting a TEFL or CELTA certificate to teach English will make getting a job easier and increase how much you make.

It might not be a job just for couples but cruise ships are always hiring for different roles. Like most of these travel jobs, it doesn’t pay much more than minimum wage but almost everything is paid for so you can still save up some money while you work. You’ll make more money in some of the specialized jobs like entertainment, but these ships are like floating cities and hire for just about everything.

Resort Jobs for Married Couples

These resort jobs can be a lot of fun and actually kind of like a vacation as well. You’ll still have to work regular hours at a lot of them but you’ll have all your free-time to explore the resort.

The types of jobs you’ll find at a resort are a lot like the cruise ship jobs for couples.

  • Activity Director and Aides
  • DJ
  • Bartender
  • Hosts
  • Water Sports Instructors and Lifeguards
  • Tour Guides
  • Childcare
  • Lots more!

How to Work Well as a Couple

As great as working together as a couple can be…there are a lot of risks. In fact, working couples report a higher level of marital stress than even traditional couples.

Making sure your marriage doesn’t become a statistic means learning how to work well as a couple.

The biggest problems between working couples is when one tries to be ‘the boss’. A successful marriage needs to be based in equality so that kind of hierarchy for eight hours a day can lead to problems.

Instead, each partner should take the lead in individual roles or parts of the business. This makes it easier for each person to give the other authority in parts of the business while still feeling that sense of control and value in their own role.

Compromise and ‘good enough’ may work in a relationship but it won’t work with working couples. The problem here is that one partner may see the other as slacking in their role. That’s going to breed resentment and risk spilling over into the relationship as well.

Both of you should set goals for your role in the business and create overall goals.

Finally, you can’t force your spouse or partner to work with you. I would love for my wife to take a part in the online business. She’s helped out a few times in different roles like social media and administration, but she just wasn’t into it.

The key to any successful business is passion for the job. Forcing your partner to work with you as a couple will not only make them unhappy but your business will also suffer.

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Working as a couple can bring you closer together and build a home business beyond what either of you could do separately. Understand the risks in jobs for couples and talk to your partner before jumping into anything.

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