Talk your plans through with your family and make sure they’re aware all of the extra work you’ll be doing and the extra stress you’re going to be under, but also why you’re doing it and how it will help them. You’re going to be working a lot of extra hours during unsociable times, and having your family on your side could make-or-break your new business plans. When I first opened my own e-store I was spending 6 or so hours each night working on the website, on top of the 9 hours I was working my day job, not to mention the weekends. This meant a lot of missed time spent with the family. Luckily, they were on-board and supportive but even so, spending so much extra time at work still caused some friction. Rest assured however, things do eventually calm down and if you scale and delegate correctly you can soon get back to a healthy work/life balance and you’ll all be far better off for it.
Contributors: Nathan Wilde from Easymerchant Limited