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Couples find ways to build profits and happy homes

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Chris and Natasha Ashton, owners of Petplan, a pet insurance company, pose for a portrait with their dogs, Montgomery, lower left, and Wellington, center, in Philadelphia. Marriage and other long-term relationships aren't easy. And running a small business is no picnic. Putting the two things together can make life complicated for the happiest of life partners. Still, millions of people run businesses with their significant other every day. It's not known how many couples own and run a business together, but the number runs into the millions.

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Chris and Natasha Ashton, owners of Petplan, work in the offices of their pet insurance company, in Philadelphia.

associated press/January 2013

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    • Chris and Natasha Ashton, owners of Petplan, a pet insurance company, pose for a portrait with their dogs, Montgomery, lower left, and Wellington, center, in Philadelphia. Marriage and other long-term relationships arenít easy. And running a small business is no picnic. Putting the two things together can make life complicated for the happiest of life partners. Still, millions of people run businesses with their significant other every day. Itís not known how many couples own and run a business together, but the number runs into the millions.
    • Chris and Natasha Ashton, owners of Petplan, work in the offices of their pet insurance company, in Philadelphia.
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