When you decide to start a virtual assistant business, you might think you have the best idea in the history of all ideas. But your family and friends might not feel the same.
There may be many reasons that they’re not supportive of your business venture, ranging from wanting to protect you to being afraid to being jealous.
Whatever the reasons, many people tell me that their family and friends don’t support them in starting their business.
First things first.
Whose opinion really matters?
When it comes down to it, your opinion matters most. Because this is YOUR life. You need to make decisions based on what’s best for YOU, your happiness and your future.
So, if this is really about some friends and non-immediate family members who don’t get it, then you need to find a way to accept that they have their opinions—and then move on with what you want to do.
You should be more concerned about how you’re going to go about this business venture, and less concerned about what others think. Think about it this way: You could use that as motivation to prove them wrong.
Second things second.
If you have a spouse, significant other or family members directly involved in and affected by your financial decisions, then they are a part of this with you as well.
The biggest issues I see in these cases are when a spouse or significant other are not on board with your idea of starting your business.
Let’s talk about some of the most common concerns that I hear, and how you can respond to those concerns.
Concern #1: This business won’t be as reliable as a regular job.
Consideration: Whenever you work for someone else, your job stability is in someone else’s hands. Many things could happen that result in losing your job. You could be fired. The company could be downsized or bought out. You could be made redundant or laid off. The company could go out of business.
When you work for yourself, you’re the one calling the shots. You have the power to decide how much money you want to make, what services you’ll offer, what you want to charge and how many clients you need to work with.
Concern #2: You might not make enough income.
Consideration: Decide how you’re going to handle the financial uncertainty when starting out. It takes each person a different amount of time to build up their business to where they want it financially.
Think about these options:
- Keep your 9-5 and work your VA business on the side until you’re making enough in your business to quit your job.
- Keep your 9-5 job and save up a nest egg so that you can quit at some point and spend focused time starting your business.
- Take a part-time job to help with income until your business gets going. (link to side gig blog post).
Some people are numbers people. Maybe they need to see the numbers. Show them what you need to make, what services you’re offering at what prices, and how you’re marketing to get clients.
Show them savings for things like daycare, after-school care, eating out for lunch, gas for your car, tolls, vehicle maintenance.
Concern #3: I don’t really understand what you’re doing or why it’s important to you.
Consideration: Talk to them. Be honest about how you feel. Let them know how important this is to you, and why. Share your financial and business plan with them. Show them the research that you’ve done.
Not everyone has your entrepreneurial spirit, so share your ideas in a way that they will understand. Talk about your long-term goals.
Concern #4: I’m not sure if you’ll follow through.
Consideration: Besides sharing your business plan with them, show them you’re serious by taking action. You need to stay consistent in your efforts and show them that this is what you really want.
When my husband saw that I got my first client, and that person actually paid me real money to do something for them, he was all about it. Sometimes people just need to see that you’re following through on a plan.
If you need help on the follow through part, consider working with me in a group or one-to-one setting where I can give you support, accountability and resources for you to succeed. This will help you cut down on the time it takes you to get your business going, and will give you ONE place to go to get what you need.
If you’re feeling confused or overwhelmed, you can always schedule a free call to talk it out.
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Use these tips above to have a real and honest conversation with your significant other. Do you have additional thoughts on this topic? Leave a comment below.