In episode 37, I talk to Greg Lintz, who is married to an entrepreneur. Greg talks about the difficulties and challenges, as well as the great rewards, of being married to a woman who started her own business.
Greg is married to one of my business partners, and he’s got a typical job while she’s self employed. He and his wife have one child together, and Greg’s all about having fun and being active.
Breaking the traditional mold.
Greg was raised to believe that going into your own business was risky, scary, and insecure, and so it was difficult to figure out what it meant when his wife went into business for herself. On the flip side, his wife gets to spend more time with their son than the traditionally-employed parent does, and her income is potentially much greater due to the unlimited nature of it all.
The buddy system.
Greg and his wife work together to keep the stress down when business is tough. Instead of working against each other, they talk it out and come up with plans and strategies together to keep their family and their life together.
The family wins together.
The biggest win for Greg is seeing how happy his wife is at the end of the day, especially compared to how she was when she was traditionally employed. Without the stress, they’re both happier and their life is infinitely better.
Advice to entrepreneurs to take care of their partners.
Be mindful of the lack of control the standard-employed endure. Business owners have more control of their job and their day than those of us who work for other people. That’s stressful, and it can be easy to forget about that when you’re caught up in your business.