No matter whether you are making a substantial income online or barely paying your hosting fees, learning to balance the fine line between work and home is essential to your business success. After all if your home life is chaos because of your business then who can prosper under those conditions.
- Hopefully this can help business owners deal with the outside world, their spouses and children and can really grow the way they want to.
How often do people talk about Owning a Business online, or Working from home (telecommuting) and all the great joys and benefits. Yes it is a great joy as I do both, but no one wants to tell you how it can take a toll on your Family…Your Marriage…Your Children.
It can be done but you have to prepare your family to the idea.
Did you Mentally Prepare Your Family to the Idea of Working At Home?
One day everyone saw you using the computer to maybe balance your bills, or do some shopping online, or to just chat with your friends.
No one had a problem with that, they probably do that themselves. Tweet here and there, Like here and there…..Oh how Web 2.0
Then all of a sudden, you are talking about
Paying hosting fees
Buying themes & plugins,
Paying for Traffic & Adwords
Fixing your Google Authorship Rank
Trying to find out why Paypal froze your account.
You are talking essential items for your business but all they hear is
“How Much is this &^%# Going to Cost ME”
Now you have a lot of hostility in the household because they don’t understand why you are doing this and why dinner isn’t ready on time like before.
- Your spouse has no clue what you do online, all they hear outside of the internet is about how easy it is to get scammed online and how all these internet businesses are going out of business like crazy.
- They also see how many things that you used to do are not being done.
The end results… arguments, plain and simple.
Is it worth it?
But it could have been avoided ( well most of the arguments) by simply starting off smart. How do you start off smart?
Have a Mental Business Plan
You have to mentally prepare yourself and prepare your family.
- Even if you don’t have a huge professional business plan, you can still have a good outline of what you want to do and how you want to do it.
- You can’t just tell your spouse that you want to start online without doing some research on it first. They won’t take you seriously.
- You don’t have to break the bank to start out or refinance your house just to get started.
- The quickest way to keep some sort of peace at home while accomplishing your goal is to have these questions already answered because this is what they will ask you.
They Will Ask Questions…Lot’s of Questions
We anticipated the many questions that they will ask you about working from home. Whether you are telecommuting or own your own home based business, look at the following questions and be prepared with the answers…..
Who is going to handle this ? Can you do this by yourself and from your house?
Who will handle the marketing, promotion, distribution of the product (s)?
Who is going to develop your Product (s)?
Who will help you when you are swamped?
Who will help when you are behind in your normal day to day duties?
Who will help you with the kids when you are too busy with work?
What is going to happen if you need to take a break?
What if you have more children, can you handle diapers and customers at the same time?
What will happen to your Free time. What about Me Time?
What about time for yourself, there won’t be much of that anymore, do you know how to handle any of the stress?
What about the household? How will that be handled?
What is your Back Up Plan? What if it Fails?
Yes something will have to change. No one said you stop your daily duties, and you can give me all the different views in the world, in order for the household to work, there is a division of work: traditional or otherwise.
We are all responsible for tasks in our household. After all, running a house is like running a business (save that one for another article).
Still true to this day, no matter how you try to slice it. No one is saying to switch roles and expect everyone to now do ALL your daily duties. Don’t start a business just to get out of doing what you may not like.
When will you find time to do this? If you have already committed yourself to tons of other duties, can you really do a full time business with part time hours?
When will you adjust your schedule?
What about Your Job Outside of the House. Are you going to quit that Job?
What about the housework? The children?
Where exactly will you run this business? The house is already crowded.
Where are you going to put all that stuff?
How do you plan to finance everything? With MY credit card?
This is one of the biggest problems. When you don’t let your spouse know how much it is all going to cost upfront, monthly, and down the line, when the bills come to the house all ^&% breaks loose.
So what you think you are supposed to start off with the most expensive products that you think YOU HAVE TO HAVE in order to be successful, Reality Check. You are going to be a real cheapo with your business until you can afford it.
Get off the Internet Jones’ Bandwagon and let’s get real.
Plain and simple, why did you start this?
Your spouse will ask you if you are going through some mid-life crisis, or are you just bored for lack of something to do?
But you do have to ask yourself first:
- Were you just bored at home?
All of these are important questions that they will ask you. Be prepared to answer the questions. They in turn will mentally prepare your family for the possible ups and downs that will occur.
After all, we don’t want to hear I told you so from your spouse.
- Better than hearing it from the credit card company who tells you that you are over your limit, and cancelling your account….
Now you decide what is best.