A Word from A
1999, by Cheryl Demas
- People often ask me what it takes to have
a successful home business. Of course everyone is different,
but from my own experience and from what I've heard from other
moms, having a supportive spouse and family is one of the key
factors of success. You might be thinking, "Great, my family
doesn't support me so there's nothing I can do about it."
Well, not really. It might not be easy, but I think there are
a few things you can do to bring them around.
First the kids. Work with them,
and set a goal together. Choose something fun that you will all
do with your business money when the goal is reached. It can
be as simple as a night out for ice cream or as big as a family
vacation. This way, they can also reap the rewards of your business.
They will be more likely to support you, if they see tangible
benefits of your success.
Also, when I have a business
decision to make, or a need some advice, I ask everyone in my
family for their input. I've gotten some great ideas from them,
and they feel that they have ownership in my business too. Because
of this, I think they are less likely to resent the time I spend
on my business.
Husbands can be another story.
But if your husband is like mine, he likes to brag about his
wife. Why not make it official? Make him your Public Relations
Manager. My husband is my biggest fan, he likes to stay informed
about what I'm doing with my business, and he certainly helps
spread the word of my success.
Recently, a reader described
my writing as a cross between Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry (I'd
be happy to have 1% of either of their talent.) Anyway, I told
my husband, who, believe it or not, hadn't heard of Erma Bombeck
or Dave Barry. So I also had to tell him that it was a great
compliment. He has since passed on the quote as "My wife
is a cross between Erma Bombeck and Chuck Berry." And he
wonders why people give him funny looks.
But he is still out there, along
with our daughters, promoting my business and supporting me.
Who knows, maybe if WAHM.com doesn't work out, I'll take up the