Being in a relationship can be tough. From business partners to friends, marriages and family, having a close bond with another person takes a lot of work to make it right. In a close relationship like a marriage or a business partnership, two people spend most of their time with each other. Factor in the stresses that come with running a household or a company, and there's a lot of potential for conflict. Many of the decisions made are incredibly important to the survival of the relationship. Making sure that both parties are respected and have a voice in any decision is the key to working out a compromise, leaving both sides satisfied. There are many other factors that go into making a relationship successful, though, and they all take little bit of work. Here are five that can get you on your way to smooth relationship sailing.