When you are a small business owner or a solo-preneur, you have to wear a lot of hats to keep your business running. Especially in the first few years of your business when you are trying to grow it, you will have to put in a lot of long hours. To successfully grow your business without losing your mind, you need help at home. In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about how you can get family buy-in so you can get more work done.
I started working for myself from home when the kids were 6, 5, and 1. All of a sudden, I had to split my time between managing the home and working. It was not an easy transition for me…my family included. For me to have the time I needed to work, I had to get family buy-in.
Unfortunately, when your family doesn’t support you, it can make it much harder to be successful. And, you also end up dealing with a lot of resentment from your family. It’s really important to help them understand your goals, what you’re trying to accomplish, and how the work you can do is good for everyone around you.
Here are a few ways we recommend that you do this in your family:
1. Show The Income Results
Probably the biggest thing you can do to get buy-in from your family is to show them the income results of your job. For example, if you were able to pay for the family to do something extra that they couldn’t do, or you were just able to have a bit more breathing room in the budget, tell them.
You could do this by putting a little bit aside and having a celebration pot you pull from to do something fun. Or you could buy a few requested snacks that you usually can’t afford. If the people in your life see that you are providing them with something they don’t have, it’s much easier for them to connect the dots.
2. Talk About What You Do
If you love the things you do, when you talk about them you’ll naturally be passionate. It’s important for the people in your family to understand what the work you do means to you. When you get really excited, they’ll see it’s important to you.
3. Share Client or Customer Feedback
When you receive good feedback from one of your clients or customers, show this to your family. Feedback from the people you serve makes the work you do even more important. Now, it’s more than just something you do for yourself and your family, but it is having a positive impact on others.
4. Get Your Family Involved
If there’s a small part of your job that your family can be a part of, let them join. If that’s not possible, then help connect the dots for them when they do extra house chores for you, that it’s allowing you to do this important job that pays the bills and impacts others for good.
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Until next week, get out there and start breaking the mental chains that are keeping you from producing!