Supporting Your Work
at Home Wife - Home Business
February 16th 2006
Work at Home Life
The new trend in our society is working from home. Many women are
leaving the corporate world to come home and care for their families,
but they still desire to contribute financially. It can be challenging
to work from home, especially for women who have children to care for as
Is your wife is one of the growing number of work at home moms? Here are
ten key tips on supporting her:
1. Encouragement is key
Sometimes all that your wife needs in order to be successful with
whatever she is working on is a little encouragement. Often times she
wonít have anyone else around to give her the encouragement that she
needs and you may be the only person that can give her the encouragement
2. Help with whatever she is doing
Depending on the business there may be extra work that could be done by
you. For example, with my wifeís website, Christian Work at Home Moms (www.cwahm.com),
she will often need someone to write a script, setup an email account,
or proofread a document. Some of the tasks arenít going to be the most
glamorous but 5 minutes could save your partner hours of time and added
3. Be positive
It's easy to be a positive influence on your wife and her business.
Listen to her when she talks about her business. Don't put down her
ideas for business growth - help her think of new ideas to help her
business grow. Remember that just because she is working from home, that
does not make her business any less important or legitimate. If you are
a positive influence on your wife and take an interest in her business,
there's no telling how big the business might grow! As wives, we need
our husband's support and encouragement!
4. Watch the kids
Your wife is at home with the kids all day every day. Sometimes she is
going to need a chance to work with no distractions. If the kids are
constantly asking questions and bugging your wife she canít get anything
done. Donít wait to be asked. Be proactive and offer to watch the
Your wife might not have a large support system or other co-workers to
bounce ideas off of. She is going to need someone to talk to and more
importantly listen to the ideas she has. I think this goes hand in hand
with encouragement. You will need to listen and encourage, sometimes
that is all she needs.
6. Let her run the show
This is her job her business she gets to call the shots. I know that
the way my wife and I handle the business decisions is that she runs all
of her ideas by me and we mutually make the decisions. A lot of the
decisions can be costly and take a lot of time. Those decisions should
be made together but ultimately it isnít your decision.
7. Be a part of the business
Many wives want their husbands to take part in their home business even
if it's just helping to stuff envelopes. Taking the time to do even
small things like this will encourage your wife and show her that you
support her. If there isn't a way to be directly involved with your
wife's business, pick one day a week and do the dishes or another chore
that will free up some time for your wife to work at her business.
8. Don't let her give up.
Most work at home moms will tell you that it takes 3-4 years to build a
successful business. It doesn't happen overnight. When your wife feels
discouraged, listen to her and ask if she would like your input on the
situation. She will need your encouragement to stick with it. We wives
do not like to fail our husbands and we sometimes feel like failures
when our businesses are not doing well. Remind your wife of the time
that it takes to grow a business and that EVERY business has times
during the year when sales are slow.
9. Surprise her
This may not sound like a business tip, but a great way to help your
wife stay motivated is to bring her little ďsurprisesĒ ≠ flowers, her
favorite candy, a business supply that she canít bring her self to spend
the money on. All of these are great ways to remind her of your support.
Most importantly, this business is going to need prayer. Never
underestimate the power of prayer to help you get going and keep the
whole project rolling. If you arenít talking to God on a regular basis
it will be very hard to stay on track.
By following these ten simple tips, you can help strengthen your wifeís
home-based business. She will appreciate your efforts and your marriage
will benefit as well. Supporting your work at home wife is one of the
best ways to show you care.
Allen Hart is the founder of CWAHD.com,
Christian Work at Home Dads. CWAHD.com was designed to assist dads
in their quest for a work at home job or business. For more
information and additional articles, visit www.cwahd.com
or contact Allen at email@example.com. This article free for reprint
as long as bio stays intact.
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