It might be useful to start with my own experience.
About six months after returning to work from maternity leave, I informed my husband that I wanted to be a Life Coach. Not only that, but the training was going to cost $6,000 plus business set-up fees. Oh and I wanted to leave my high level, professional job in favour of running my own business. Well you can imagine his response.
Twelve months later I’m still working part-time but I also have a thriving coaching business that’s on track to replace 1/3 of my professional salary this year.
My husband is my biggest supporter and helps me to achieve my business vision by helping out with our daughter and accepting that most nights I’m going to be coaching or developing new business programs.
But this didn’t ‘just happen’.
The best strategy to get your husband on-board with your business really depends on his personality and his specific concerns, however here are a few tips:
“I organised a ‘meeting’ with him so that he could get a better understanding of my vision and how I’m going to achieve it, and he was quite impressed. I showed him my financial plan and worst case and we agreed on some strategies to manage this if things don’t work out. I’mnow much more confident about my direction and belief, so his questions really helped us both!” Aerlie Wildy, Adelaide
Whilst getting your husband on-board with your business is important, Amanda Jesnowski of Velocity Media & Communications offer the following advice :
“I think determining the level of involvement from your husband in the beginning is important – establishing if you are making joint decisions or if it is your baby and the buck stops with you.”
Some of my clients are in partnerships with their husbands and I have heard so many stories of mumpreneur businesses becoming so successful that their husband quit their job to join the business. So jump in, work hard and there’s no telling what could happen!
Do you want to make your dreams of having a business a reality in 2013 but don’t know where to start? Take a look at Kathryn’s new Mumpreneur’s Success Road Map here.
Are you running your own business? How did you get your partner onboard?