If your spouse or partner is in full support of your home business, good luck to you. However, situations where a spouse is opposed to (or at least non-supportive of) our MLM business is more common than some of us may think.

And the reasons range from the cynical to the fairly reasonable—jealousy, time and financial commitments, fear of failure, etc. Because most sufferers of spousal non-support are women (especially housewives), we’ll look at this issue from their standpoint.

Rather cynically, some husbands fear that their wife may go on to achieve real success with their business and thus supplant them (the husbands) as the family’s bread winner. With their income suddenly becoming a supplementary one in the house, some husbands feel threatened and may thus resist a wife’s home business efforts .Isn’t that thinking queer?

But more realistically, some husbands who oppose their wife’s attempts at a home business do so on the basis of past experience. What sort of support do you expect from a husband who has failed severally at home business opportunities?

With all the good intentions, he may try to discourage you from an activity which in his opinion will only take all your time and other resources and yield nothing in the end.

Then there’s the issue of money. It’s hard enough to get your husband’s full consent on your spending your own money on a venture he’s not sure will succeed. But you may be asking for too much if you also ask him to fund the venture with his personal earnings!

The matter becomes even knottier if the family is already on a tight budget. We know you’re going into this thing in order to be able to help out with the family’s finances, but at this point, it’s hard for him to appreciate that, or for you to convince him.

And we haven’t even talked about how the business is going to affect the family’s time—such as for shopping and other outings. These too form part of the reasons some husbands resist.

The reasons are many and varied. But the good news is that things can often be worked out—that is, if there weren’t any pre-existing atmosphere of mutual hostility in the house!

You only have to start by finding out why your spouse is negative towards your home business. What are his SPECIFIC fears? Is it money, or the particular type of MLM you’re going into? Does he fear that his bread-winner status is threatened? Getting things out in the open makes it easier for you to deal with them effectively.

For example, if your husband fears that your efforts will end in failure (probably speaking from his own experience), the onus will now be on you to prove how serious you are about building a successful business.

Tell your spouse how you’ve spent time gaining business knowledge, learning the different aspects of the business you’re going into. He may possibly see what he did or didn’t do that you’re doing differently. And you’ll win him over without a fight!

Similarly, if your spouse is afraid that your MLM business will eat up family time—and that you probably will no longer perform your duties as a wife or mother, you can allay his fears. Demonstrate how you’ve organized your work in such a way that it won’t adversely affect family outings and others.

You could explain that when the business starts bringing in more money, you plan to hire someone to take care of things so you could take vacations with the family once in a while.

What about money concerns? There are two ways to handle this: (1) explain to your spouse matter-of-factly that you’re going into this venture primarily to improve the family’s financial situation. And yes, you’ll need some financial support to get started. After all, it often takes money to make more money. Most spouses will appreciate their partners’ concern for the family.

But what if your spouse is understandably concerned that supporting your MLM financially would mean missing a few bill payments? That could be tough.

But then you have the next option: (2) make some changes in your own personal spending, and carefully budget home expenses.

This will surely involve some sacrifices on your part. But giving up a few things will often spin off a few extra dollars to enable you run your business without disrupting the family’s budget.

It surely can be frustrating when your spouse does not support your home-business efforts. But this can be overcome. Communicating openly and tactfully with your spouse can often melt this ice of resistance by helping you identify and address his fears.

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