What It Really Means To Support Your Entrepreneurial Partner
So you think you want a ‘Boss’ type man or woman. That’s what one will say however, do you really know how to support a person who works for themselves and are making moves 24 hours a day?
(Madamenoire) An entrepreneurial spirit can certainly be very attractive. Entrepreneurs think outside of the box, they don’t believe in limitations, they tend to be creative, they believe in themselves, and they have plans for an interesting life. When an entrepreneur is successful, it can mean complete freedom from a prison-like life stuck to a desk and trapped by small, incremental pay raises.
For entrepreneurs, the sky is the limit! But, the path to the sky can be very challenging. Saying goodbye to the monotony and limitations of being a lifetime employee rather than being an employer also means saying goodbye to the routine, stability, reliability, and relative calmness of letting someone else take the lead. If you’re a man getting involved with an entrepreneur, know she’ll need a very particular type of support and understanding. So, here is what it really means to support your entrepreneurial partner.
Know she may work on vacations
Don’t become angry when she has to spend an hour on her laptop during vacation. Entrepreneurs are always working. But, it’s exactly her lifestyle that also allows her to travel on a weekday or work from home (and have lunch with you). So accept the ups and downs.
Allow for her home office space
Allow part of your home—if you share one—to be dedicated to her home office. Don’t become aggravated that her documents are on surfaces. Don’t try to also make that your gym or crafts room. Treat it with the respect that you’d treat an office in a commercial space.
Understand her unpaid work is important
Understand that, sometimes, your partner will have to say no to fun things in order to do work that she isn’t paid for. That could mean working on her website, offering free consulting/services to build her reputation or more. But you should respect that as if it’s real work.
Once you really get the just for these three things you will be ready to move on, to the next list of things to say and not to say. Happy Dating!