When you first begin your business, everything is fine and dandy. It's like bringing home new baby from hospital. Everyone visits to see new baby. Everyone thinks baby is cute and wants to hold it. Everyone "oohs" and "aahs". After a few months though, newness wears off. Now it's time to get down to raising this new baby and preparing him or her to be successful for their role in life.
A new business suffers about same type of beginning. You talk decision over with your family and involve them in hearing your initial business plans. Everyone gets excited and tells you to "go for it." Everyone agrees to help out and whole house is buzzing about with visions of big bank deposits dancing in their heads. After a few months though, newness wears off. Since you probably haven't made any money, family members may grow tired and discouraged. They begin degrading your motives for opening business in first place. They may even embarrass you and make you feel like a total failure without even realizing it.
Eventually, if you stay with business and exclude family, they will begin feeling rejected. A spouse may be upset because you don't go to bed same time you used to. He or she may pressure you into spending more time with them and children. You love your family and don't want to hurt them - but you don't want to hurt your business either. You are torn between two decisions, and sometimes this decision is extremely difficult to make.
What are you supposed to do? It's only common sense, if your spouse gets ill and you have to take care of him or her, that this situation would demand more attention than your business. But, most situations are not this severe. Often times, family pressures only come from fact that family member feels left out and rejected. Naturally, when you are building your business, your time is occupied in this field - much more than when you didn't have a business. Your spouse may be used to falling asleep with you while watching television. You can still do this! Just take a break and watch television with your spouse until he or she falls asleep. In turn, he or she should have understanding that you will probably be working on your business for a few hours while they are sleeping. Give a little!