At some point in everyone’s career, this thought comes up: “Am I ready to follow my dreams and start my own business?”
You may have dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s in terms of being financially and mentally ready to start your own business. However, have you thought about the effects on your family? Too often this oversight can lead to a crisis at home, as well as in your business.
“It’s easy to forget that changing careers will affect your family, too. Be 100 percent certain that you and your loved ones understand the implications of running a startup,” notes Inc.com.
The good and the bad
Fully prepare them for the good and the bad of starting your own business. Do not hold back on the bad things that could happen.
Explain the hours you’re going to have to commit to your endeavor. This includes you being not able to be at as many family events.
If the family’s budget will need to be reduced, tell them. Go over your business plans with your family, giving them as many details as possible. You want their support, and you don’t want them to be surprised by any of the things that could go wrong.
“When one person goes into business, everyone in the family unit is affected,” author Pamela Slim told Entrepreneur. “If your partner and other members of your support network are reluctant to back your idea, you may want to rethink quitting your current job.”
However, this is a personal choice. From a startup owner quoted in Inc.com:
“Ultimately, I realized if I didn’t start my own company, I would always regret it, both for myself and as a role model for my children.”