If you own a home business, does your family participate or do you work alone?
I’ve heard tales, and for a short while lived them, about how a spouse will eagerly start a home based business of one sort or another and before they can even get their feet wet in the business – – BAM the other spouse starts belittling and generally putting a damper on the once enthusiastic entrepreneur’s ambitions.
Luckily for me, my husband saw that I don’t just talk about something that I intend to do, I do it – – so he’s since changed his tune; especially now that I make as much from my home businesses as I did from my prior job, and we don’t pay child care. Ha!
Anyway, it’s been over 2 years since all that mess transpired, and I’ve seen and heard just about every story imaginable on the subject of home business start-ups/failures. I’ve also learned that most spouses, family members and ‘friends’ react in such damaging ways out of either fear or ignorance. I suppose some are just plain mean, but well, that’s another issue we’ll leave for Dr. Phil or Oprah.
For lucky business builders who have encouraging families, the work at home life is good, very good. My 14 year old daughter is my part-time Assistant, and her small salary is tax deductible too, so there’s another plus in starting a business.
Creating a better future for the family is probably the most recurring ‘Why’ that I hear from new business owners. With such a strong reason driving the decision to work from home, then why shouldn’t the entire family be involved? It’s for them after all.
Find a way that even the littlest member can take part in the family business. Remember too that helping with chores, running errands, baby-sitting for younger sibbys, taking turns with dinner etc. are all just as important as being able to do home office work, if not ‘more’ important in the long run.
If you’re currently suffering with a spouse or partner who just doesn’t ‘get’ what you’re doing – please don’t give up. Keep on building and trying and help them ‘get’ it through concrete results. Usually, with some home businesses, positive results that a ‘non-biz’ type can wrap their minds around, does take time. Unfortunately cash talks, however, and they may not take you seriously until you can show them your first check; and with persistence and consistency – – You will.