Your Loved Ones Might Not Like Your Becoming a Founder

I recently listened to a founder’s wife share her reaction to learning that her husband wanted to quit his lucrative job and start a company. She was angry, and understandably so. Life had recently dealt them a series of positive and negative jolts, and this would be another jolt, albeit self-inflicted. They discussed the decision ad nauseam. Ultimately, she decided to have faith and support her husband in pursuing his dream. It’s early in the company’s journey, but things have gone well so far, and she’s happy that she supported him.

Becoming a founder isn’t a decision to take lightly. People don’t discuss this as much as they should: starting a company probably will greatly affect the founder’s loved ones. Start-ups don’t have many resources, so the financial impact can be hard for a family to adjust to. Especially if the financial load is now on one person. Just as important is time. Early-stage founders put tons of time into their start-ups, which leaves less time for loved ones.

If you’re thinking about starting a company, be sure to consider and consult your close loved ones as you’re evaluating entrepreneurship. You and your team will be under an inordinate amount of stress to make the company succeed. It will be much harder if you’re under similar stress at home. In a perfect world, you want your loved ones to be your main cheerleaders and supports. They’ll find it hard to live up to that if they haven’t been included in the decision-making process.