In case Stella’s cuteness was too much to watch, lets recap the video
Plan your business around your family
This is the most important piece of advice I give to everyone who works with me. It’s easy to get so caught up in the excitement and momentum of building your business that family falls to the wayside without you even noticing. Chances are, if you’re building a business, it’s because you want something better for your family’s future. Always keep them first, and you’ll achieve that goal. Forget about them, and you’ll build a business that you like, but one that your family resents. If they resent the business, they resent you.
Explain what you’re doing and why you’re doing it
We’ve all had those conversations with our wife (or husband if that’s your thing ;-)). You know, the ones where you try to explain your master plan and how you’re going make it happen. They look at you with complete boredom or maybe even roll their eyes a bit and give you a not so enthusiastic, “Mmhmm, yeah, that’s great honey.”
No matter how bored and uninterested they might seem, they DO want to know what’s going on. Don’t be afraid to share what your doing to grow your business with the family. It takes a lot of support to build a business. Bored or not, your family will be able to better support you when you need it if they know what you’re doing.
It’s not just important for your family to what you’re doing, they also need to know why. There’ll be times when things are tough and they might not understand what the point of all your effort is for. By continuing to remind them why you chose this path, you’ll reassure them and give yourself the confidence to press on.
Make sure your goals align with your families goals
It’s easy to think that your goals are the same as the rest of the family. After all, you’re doing this for them, right? All the hard work, stress, and long hours. What else would it be for? Even if everyone was aligned in the beginning, things change.
Sit down with your family regularly(all together or individually), and ask how they really feel about the direction the family is heading. This might be a heavy question to ask your kids. Not necessarily heavy in topic, but hard for them to fully grasp and answer. You might be better off just keeping up with asking what their aspirations and interests are as they grow older.
Set achievable goals and reward the whole family when you reach them
This is just part of good planning. You have to set milestones and goals that you know you can reach. What’s the first thing we want to do when we get something right? CELEBRATE! So do it. Take the family out to celebrate or give your significant other a romantic night (or weekend) away.
Of course you need to set aside time to congratulate yourself on the victory, but you also need to have time to include your family in the partying, too. You might have done most of the work, but they’ve been the ones manning your support line and dealing with their own concerns about all the energy you’ve put into your crazy ideas.
Now It’s Your Turn
Tell us in the comments how you manage your family and business?
What’s worked for you and what tips do you have for folks just getting started?