How do I get my partner’s support for my business?

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This week’s question comes to us from Stephanie.

Stephanie Martin Writes to us from Australia:


I have been in business on my own for a little over a year. I have started to bring in some money to meet household needs, but my expenses exceed the income I am generating. This is causing problems in my relationship as my husband is becoming apprehensive about the money issue. I feel he does not value my work, and has no idea how important it is to me. I feel if he appreciated what I did, he would understand how essential my work is and support me more. What can I do? I really need his support for growing my business. Please advise.


Erika’s Answer:

Hi Stephanie:

Stephanie, thank you for writing to us. That is actually a very good question and a scenario that happens frequently in partnerships. So let’s talk about what you can do to handle this situation.

The first thing I would tell you is: It is not your husband’s job to value what you do. When you start to view your work and your contribution to this world as valuable and significant, then those around you will too. That includes your husband and potential clients. But your part has to be done first.

As a society we are ‘programmed’ to work for someone else: in fact, many people work hard to be promoted at their jobs, or to pass from one grade to another at school.

However, when you are in business, the situation is completely different; you need to be independent. In most cases, there is no one you must ask permission from to undertake projects, no one who will give final approval of your finished product. You need to believe in what you do, have a serious and professional outlook, and initiate the process. The rest will follow.

First of all, I suggest that you clearly define what is that you truly want. Where do you see yourself in the future regarding your business and your marriage? You should also have an open, straightforward conversation with your husband in which you state your needs and desires. Reflect beforehand on what you require from him as well as what you are willing to do in return. For example, ask yourself and him to be clear on the particulars of your commitments. Then work to reach an agreement, and move forward in the process.

To get the ball rolling, I recommend that you first start thinking about how you can generate more income so you can become independent as soon as possible.

I wish you the best of luck in your endeavor.

With much love,

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