Home businesses have always been a part of culture, way back since the beginning of time. Families were raised to work together and learned to live together, day in and day out. It was the norm--they knew nothing different.
In today's fast-paced society, home-based businesses are still common, just not nearly as much as "back then". However, due to the unstable, rapidly-changing landscape in the "9-5" work world, many couples are "coming back home" to work.
They start to dream and get excited about the possibilities of "what if" and jump in with both feet. Or at least one does while the other one reluctantly supports their decision, because it does look hopeful! Financial freedom, no more daily 9-5 grind, not having to answer to a boss or a system that is incredibly stressful--what's not to love?!? Add in the fact that if you have kids, you can work at home and be with them more-you're convinced!
The pressures mount when the income isn't building as fast as they'd like it to. Training and long hours take their toll on the relationship. Kids find Mom and Dad have to work long evenings, they're on the phone a lot, and meals aren't always as regular as they'd hoped.
You start to wonder...is it worth it??? Especially since the 2 of you as a couple never seem to have time for each other anymore, to do "fun stuff." And if you happen to both be working from home--being together ALL the time seems to take the fun out of being, well, together!
How do I know?? I've been in your shoes! My husband and I have been married for a long time (almost 28 years!) and our marriage had it's share of ups and downs. But we've managed to make it work and still stay in love with each other. In fact, I would say our last 5 years where we have been at home full-time have actually been some of the best years of our marriage!
Granted, our 2 kids are now grown and we've reached the empty-nest stage, so that gives us a bit more flexibility when we want to drop everything and get away. But when my husband lost his day job and came home to work, it also threw us together way more than we were used to!
As you likely already know, anything worth having takes WORK! A happy, healthy relationship is no exception. We certainly don't have the perfect marriage, but we are committed to making it work, no matter what. And each season of life brings changes, so be prepared to make adjustments.
For this season of our life, with working together, we have found 3 things that are non-negotiable. In the video below, I've shared the things that work for us. I hope you find them helpful and can apply them to your relationship. Remember, FAMILY is one of the main reasons people choose a home business. The best thing you can do for your child is to LOVE your spouse, no matter WHAT age your kids are!!
(Spoiler alert: I posted this video first on Facebook, as part of a 30-day video challenge.)
Thanks so much for taking the time to watch this video and I hope I've provided some value for you and your better half. I'd love to know if you've found these helpful. Also, I'd love to know what you do to keep your relationships strong if you have a home business. (Please keep your comments G-rated!)
If you're open to learning about some work at home opportunities, feel free to comment "more info" in the comment section below, or go to the Work with Rhoda tab above.
Rhoda and her husband Darryl live on a farm in central IL. She is a professional network marketer and coaches other network marketers as well. When she is not building her business on Facebook, she is busy with farm bookkeeping, puttering around in her vegetable garden and koi pond, and going on hikes with her best friend and husband of 27 years.