On Dirty Secrets of Small Business(TM) , Jack Mencini and Adam Sonnhalter of Maximum Value Partners and hosts of the radio show explain why your spouse will never, never understand your obsession with the business.
Most small business owners have always been working 24/7 but now it is more visible with people on smart phones, smart watches and constantly monitoring the business. With all the technology, it is even embedded in their brains all the goings on in their businesses and the ability to monitor constantly.
Spouses look for balance and availability from the business owner to be with their family and friends. Instead of ignoring it … don’t apologize, but talk to your spouse so they understand why it is important that your are so consumed about the business and your obsession with the business.
It is very normal to be totally involved, but there has to be compromise between you and your spouse or significant other to understand both parties issues. Explain that you are truly blessed to be truly loving what you are doing with your small business. One of the keys is to have good people on board to help steer the business so you can take time to be with your family and not be worried about the business.
Also look at Maximum Value Partners’ 7 Keys to Success to see how to make your business run smoothly and to share your dreams, your worries and your successes with your spouse so they understand your involvement and obsession with the business.
Work to have an agreement on taking the time to be with the family and also keep the business going. Maybe it’s checking emails early in the morning on vacation before the family is up. Maybe it is having one call in the afternoon on vacation with the trusted team member back at the shop. Figure out what will work for your peace of mind and for the health and well being of your family. Sharing your feelings with your spouse will make a huge difference for understanding and happiness.