So what's the problem?
Could it be that your husband really does not want you to succeed?
Why is your biggest obstacle your husband?
Is your husband really non supportive of your entrepreneurial dreams or is it something else?
Before you declare all out "I am woman; hear me roar!" war on your husband, check out this list of things to take into consideration:
1. Is your husband non supportive or is he just confused?: Be honest about what you do and what you're showing your husband. Could it be that what you're calling non support is really confusion? Sometimes, in our quest for success, what we are exhibiting to others looks like one big mess!! For example: If you are jumping on every "next biggest and best" thing every few months, your husband may be just plain tired, waiting for you to finally decide to stick with something. Look it from the outside looking in...if you have been a rep for Mary Kay, Tupperware, TLC, Scentsy, Plexus, Younique and Usborne Books, all in the span of one or two years, your husband may not be non supportive, he may simply be confused and a bit irriatated.
2. Did you forget to include your husband?: We know that becoming our own boss can be a very exciting time. In all of our excitement, it can be easy to forget that while we are aware of what we're doing, our husbands may not be. One thing I did with my husband, I asked him to be my business wingman. I wanted my husband to be with me every step of the way; where I went, he went. In addition, I discussed my business with my husband. I wanted him to find his own excitement in my business and I didn't want to take for granted that he should be just as excited as I was, just because he was my husband. So, do not overlook the opportunity to discuss with your husband your ideas, plans and goals. Let your husband see how serious you are; let that show in how committed you are to that which you claim you are passionate about. Allow your husband to learn and grow right along with you. Be fair...you can't label someone as non supportive if they have no idea what's really happening around them.
3. Are you doing way too much?: Being a business owner does not mean that you have to be at every networking event and/or small business event. Select the events that make sense to the development and growth of your business. Be fair to your husband. While you've been home all day, working from the comfort of your home, your husband has been out of the home working; looking forward to coming home and looking forward to spending time time with you. Sometimes, just being at home is just what cupid has ordered. Avoid "getting out of the house" to attend glorified "chit chat" sessions with other women entrepreneurs that mean absolutely nothing to your business bottomline. Scheduled the events that you will attend and if possible, include your husband.
4. Money Concerns!: Business startup can mean a substantial up front financial investment, especially for those who sign on to join MLMs (Multi Level Marketing). Do not take for granted that you can spend money just because you are starting a business. Be mindful that the money you are wanting to spend does not give cause for your husband to feel a bit uneasy. While you may feel your husband is non supportive, he may be concerned that money is going out and no money is coming back in to replace the money spent. As with every aspect of business, make a plan, prioritize and set goals...and again, include your husband.
5. Dump the Frump: Are you paying less attention to your appearance and too much to your business? Starting a business can mean you working on your business, night and day. However, starting a business is no reason your husband has to come home from a long days work, only to lay eyes on a wife who hasn't showered or who just decided to put on oversized sweats, with hair all over your head or in a messy bun. Plan your day. Be considerate. Try taking a shower, getting dressed and combing your hair first thing in the morning -- it may not hurt to spruce up the usual every now and then. What may look like non support again could be a non communicative side order of frustration.
6. Hell yeah, make sure he gets good lovin' and good cooking!: Yeah, it may sound old fashioned, but if you are home all day, there's no reason why your husband should not be able to get homecooked meals and regular lovin'!!! Being your own boss must come with knowing how to balance business and time for hubby. Perhaps your husband is feeling like a third wheel. Take time to make sure your husband is feeling the same love and attention that you are giving to your new baby -- your business! It can be easy to get caught up working 10-15 hours a day, only taking breaks to give hubby a quick peck on the cheek or making that quick call asking him to "pick up dinner" on his way home. While picking up dinner may be a necessity some of the time, do not allow it to become the norm. Always add meal prep time and time with hubby/family into you day...your business will be A-OK!!
Go ahead, start your businesses, take control of your destiny -- usher in the happiness and peace of mind that you desire and deserve. But do not get selfish. Starting a business does not mean you, the wife (and/or mom) become an island onto yourself. It means that you open up about your business and what it is going to take for you to start, build and grow your business to the level of success you desire. Do not leave your husband out. No matter how many people support you on the outside, not having the support of your mate can be a blocker or permanent obstacle.
Good luck in your business! ReeMarkable Women Entrepreneurs is rooting for you!