Having a home business of your own can be a really exciting adventure but at the same time it is also a lot more work than most people would think. There are a lot of ups and downs that come with working at home and there will be times of success and times of failures. This is why it's very important that if your spouse is considering opening their own business at home that you know how to give them the support they are going to need to be successful.
The most important thing you can do to help your spouse in their work at home venture is to be supportive. Your spouse is going to be extremely excited and enthusiastic about this but they will also be somewhat nervous at the same time and if the business struggles it's going to be hard on your spouse, so you need to be there to give them moral support so that they don't give up too quickly.
Make sure that you remind your spouse to set some realistic goals and expectations for their business. Ask them what their goals are and let them know if you think they should consider lowering those goals in order to not get discouraged along the way. Remind them they can change their goals once the business begins to bring in some money.
Make sure that you know what kind of support that your spouse is going to need from you in order to run their home business. You may discover that they want you to help run the business and be part of it and then on the other hand they may want to run it completely on their own. Either way, you should try to honor their wishes. If you are asked to pitch in, then do so, wherever they ask for the help. Remember, even if you aren't running the business you do have a stake in it, since the money going into it is coming from your home finances.
It's important that you give acknowledgment when it's due. When there are successes seen dealing with the business make sure that you let your spouse know how proud you are of them. If your spouse hits a bump in the road with the business make sure you are there if that happens.
When your spouse seems to be concerned about the home business make sure you are there to listen to them when they want to talk about it. It is not your place to judge or even try to solve the problem for them but just be there as their sounding board. However; there may come a time where they will turn to you for suggestions so be ready to offer them.
One of the toughest part of supporting your spouse when they are trying to make their business work is to be the one that needs to dish out the bad news. You may notice that the business is failing, no matter how hard your spouse tries bu they simply are not willing to give up on it. You however can see that it is beginning to affect the family finances and you will need to find a way to gently convince them that it's time to move on and let go of the struggling business.