My husband, a very wise and patient man, said to me the other night, “Being married to an entrepreneur is really hard.”
Having a business is a lot like having another baby, except your spouse or partner isn’t necessarily the other loving parent. For both the business owner and their spouse, it can be a challenging endeavor.
As one of my good friends, whose husband is an entrepreneur, said to me once, “I have to hold down the fort with a steady job and benefits, while he gets to run around pursuing his dream.”
For the entrepreneur, it can be a lot of hours, long nights, weekends, and a huge commitment while earning a fraction of what they might be worth in the business marketplace. This could last for years or months, until the business builds up to a point where the payback is significant.
The whole family feels the pressure of the build-up.
The truth is, it’s both the entrepreneur, and their spouse’s responsibility to participate in the decision to go into the business. And once the decision is made, it’s both of their responsibility to support each other through the lifecycle of the business.
Having been an entrepreneur for 15 years and a wife for almost 10, I’ve learned three main strategies that may help a married entrepreneur through this journey.