You’re busy building your Mumpreneur business.
Dealing with clients, admin, orders, payments, doing all the various tasks that need to be done to keep a business going, etc.
You’re juggling raising your children and you are their primary carer, even though your partner is very much involved with them.
You manage the household and again your partner may (or may not) do a share of the work, however chances are you do the majority of it.
You’re doing the best you can, however despite it all you feel that your partner is not supportive of you.
* You feel like he treats your business like its your hobby and doesn’t take it seriously.
* You hear him complain when you go online to check your emails or orders now that you’ve got the kids to bed instead of spending time with him.
* You hear him complain that the house is not as clean as it used to be before you started your business.
* You hear him tell his friends that you have a ‘new job’ but that he doesn’t see it bringing in any serious money, in fact it’s taking from all the other things you should be doing, like minding the kids and cleaning the house.
* You don’t talk to him about your business because he starts to take over and tell you what to do.
* Or you don’t talk to him about your business because he has shown absolutely no interest in it.
* You hear him say that your business is more important than he is.
* You feel like he resents the time your business takes from him!!!
If you found yourself nodding to any of the above statements then chances are your partner has issues with your business.
There are several ways to deal with this. The best way is always head on.
You will need to find out what exactly his problem is with you running a business in the first place.
For many partners/husbands they tend to feel left out and overlooked when we start a new business. Because any new business is time-consuming and we’re not earning much at the beginning, partners often feel that they are a waste of time.
There are ways around that though. You don’t need to necessarily include him in all aspects of your business, however do share your vision for your business with him.
That means writing down a vision for your business (if you haven’t done so already), with goals, and plans of action of where you intend to take your business next month, next year and the next five years.
You will also need to include the steps you are going to take to get there.
Remind him that growing a business takes time, many of them don’t show a profit for the first couple of years and this might very well be the case with your business.
If the house is getting more messy, ask him to step up and do more around the house so that you can grow your business.
Ask his opinion on some of the decisions that you have to make. This is a great way of making him feel included in your business.
If you do take on board his advice and it works out really well for you make sure to thank and praise him for it.
At the risk of sounding condescending, men can oftentimes be similar to dogs – a little bit of praise can go a very long way!
Most importantly make sure that you set time aside regularly for him, after all you are growing your business so that your family income will grow and his is a major part of your family.
These are just some ways to deal with the lack of support of your partner/husband. I’m sure that many of you have used others.
Please do share them in the comment box below so that we can all learn from them.
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