Father’s Day is coming up! Since much of the internet is buzzing with talk about fathers and husbands, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to talk about ways your spouse can help you with business growth.
If you’re married, the support of your spouse is crucial! I couldn’t do nearly as much with my business if it weren’t for my husband, Bryan.
But, I’ve learned the hard way that communication is essential when help is needed.
My husband isn’t a mind reader, and I’m guessing yours isn’t either! Your spouse may see you doing your thing with the business, and just assume you have everything under control.
Even if you don’t!
I’ve learned I’m pretty good at faking it, until I’m ready to explode. That’s never good!
Instead, be proactive about asking for help. Think about specific things your spouse can do, and then talk about it together.
Start working together however you can.
My husband helps in many ways, but here are the five that help me the most. This support keeps me going when I’m buried in deadlines and feeling swamped.
Using His Talents for My Business
Photography. Excel. Number crunching.
Those are words I don’t typically name in my skills list.
But my husband? He’s amazing at each of them.
So I make a list of pictures I need for client blog posts, or posts of my own. On the weekends when there’s a bit more time, my husband gets out his photography equipment and makes it happen.
When I was struggling to track my income, he created an amazing Excel spreadsheet for me. Then he turned it into a table to make it super user-friendly.
Whenever I need tweaks made (like to account for affiliate income instead of just my typical income streams), he happily adjusts things for me.
You see, I could do these things. But it’d take me a lot longer than it takes him. I’d probably have to use Google to remember how to add another option to an Excel spreadsheet with Data Validation.
I much prefer to just have my husband tackle it for me. 😀
By pooling our talents, we’re able to do more, efficiently.
What talents does your spouse have? Brainstorm two or three that could really help your business grow!
Tackling Household Stuff
Even though the kids and I try to stay on top of things like laundry and dishes while my husband is at work, there are days when everything is crazy and the house looks like a tornado came through! I love it when my husband comes home, sees something that needs done, and takes care of it for me.
Having something checked off my massive to-do list without actually doing it myself is a huge relief! I especially love it when he handles dishes after dinner, and cooks on the weekends.
When I was busy finishing my book in May, I couldn’t have done it as quickly without his help. There just weren’t enough hours in the day to handle everything.
This is where regular communication is essential! Talk through what your week holds, and name specific tasks your spouse can do to help you keep your head above water. What needs done next week may be completely different from what you needed yesterday!
Engaging the Kids
We love spending time together as a family in the evening! But, since I’ve been pushing myself writing lessons for a client lately, I really needed some of that time to work.
So sometimes I take my laptop and retreat upstairs, and my husband plays with the kids. They race on the Wii, build puzzles, rough house, or do a variety of activities.
When the kids are engaged, I don’t like feeling like I’m ignoring them. When I’m trying to work in the evenings, guilt usually accompanies. But, knowing they’re having a blast with Daddy helps.
I can focus on my work during this time, and my productivity soars!
Being a Listening Ear
Since launching my business, I’ve had all sorts of crazy ideas! My husband is always willing to listen to me talk and bounce ideas off of him. He also offers a different perspective, which helps keep me from floating away with all my ideas, and instead focus on the ones that are practical for today.
He also listens when I whine about a client changing the scope of a project, or payment not coming when I expected. I try not to whine too often, but it’s so nice to have someone listen to me when I do! 😀
This whole freelancing thing has pushed me outside of my comfort zone. My husband has been so encouraging to me throughout this process.
Whenever I feel like a failure, or am experiencing a freelance famine, he’s there for me.
He encourages me to do more video (I’m slowly coming around on this one…), and reminds me of all the progress I’ve made. He’s good at reminding me to invest in myself and my business.
Encouragement is essential for any business to grow!
How Does Your Spouse Help You with Business Growth?
Think of something specific your spouse does that helps you do more on your business. Got it? Good! Now share it in the comments. Let’s celebrate our spouses this Father’s Day week!
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