Dealing with Unsupportive Family in Your Handmade Business

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Are you dealing with unsupportive family members while trying to grow your handmade business? You aren’t alone! In fact, this situation is more common than you might think. To help you sort through your feelings and move forward, this post is filled with practical tips for addressing this situation. 

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Running a handmade business with an unsupportive family

When family members don’t support your handmade business, it can be extremely challenging, not to mention disheartening. 

Non-supportive family members can be anyone from a spouse to a parent, from a sibling to a child. Not to mention friends that are usually more like family.

No matter their role in your life, you probably care a lot about their opinion. We want to impress and please the ones we love. And more often than not, we crave recognition from our loved ones above anyone else. 

That’s why it can be so hurtful when family members are the ones taking the wind out of your sails. 

Deep down, we know that our family members are probably trying to protect us from harm. They may not understand why you would want to put yourself through the struggles of starting a business. It’s likely also uncomfortable for them to watch you struggle.

But regardless of good intentions, unsupportive family members are not helping you towards your goals. 

So, in this post, I’ve included practical steps that you can take to address the situation:

7 Steps to dealing with unsupportive family members

If you’re unsure of where to begin in addressing naysayers, start with these steps. 

1. Pray for guidance

I’m a God girl, and anytime I struggle, I immediately turn to God for guidance. 

I pray for discernment for me and also that my family member will soften their heart and have an open mind when it comes to my new handmade business endeavor.

I strongly encourage you to do the same. It can’t hurt and you may be amazed by what you find!

2. Communicate openly

Begin by having a conversation with your family members and try to understand their perspective. 

  • Explain your passion for your business and why you believe it’s important. 
  • Listen to their concerns and be open to their feedback.
  • And finally, explain to them that the off-handed remarks of not making sales fast enough or asking why you’re purchasing more supplies when you’re not making sales are hurtful and not helpful.

This open conversation will help everyone open up to new perspectives, and hopefully, you’ll be able to find common ground. 

3. Find alternative support

Though family is extremely important, they are not the only support system available to you. 

Look for support from friends, other entrepreneurs, or online communities that share your interests.

Having a support system such as our Success Circle Group can help boost your confidence and give you a safe place to share ideas and challenges.

4. Prove unsupportive family wrong

Use your determination and hard work to show your family members that your business can be successful. 

Keep track of your progress and be ready to share your successes with them. Every time you have a “cha-ching,” celebrate it in front of them.

And, when you make your goals or reach new milestones, make sure to share in the joy with them so they can see how much it means to you.

Eventually, they’ll get the picture and start to rejoice with you.

5. Set boundaries

It’s important to respect your family members’ opinions, but it’s also important to set boundaries around the support you need for your business. 

Set boundaries on your time by letting your family member know when you’ll be working on your handmade business and also when you’ve allotted time for family.  

Let them know that while you value their input, you need to make your own decisions about your business.

6. Focus on your customers

Remember why you started your business in the first place, and keep your focus on your customers and your product. 

The support of satisfied customers can be a great source of motivation and help you push past the setback of unsupportive family members. 

7. Don’t assume

Sometimes, we assume we don’t have the support of our family members when this really isn’t true – we come to false conclusions due to our own insecurities. 

If you’re assuming you don’t have support, make sure to voice your feelings with your family member to clarify. Once you realize you’re simply making assumptions, your insecurities will become much easier to deal with.

Final thoughts: Dealing with an unsupportive family in your handmade business 

Ultimately, it’s important to remember that you are in control of your own life and your own business.

If your family doesn’t support your endeavors, it’s okay. There are many other people who will appreciate and support your work.

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  1. Sharon on June 10, 2023 at 12:29 am

    Thank you so much for this article. It hits home with me. God Bless you and all you do for everyone.

  2. Lawanda Oglesby on June 27, 2023 at 4:40 pm

    Thank you again for your expertise in helping all of us become Superstars! I have complete support from my family especially my husband… LOL That wasn’t always the case though. In the beginning he questioned almost everything I did. He has always loved my work but didn’t want the outlay of money and the amount of time I was working. If I spent $100 he though I should sell $300. I finally convinced him that out of that $100 I had materials left over for more wreaths. He just couldn’t see that I was making any money at all because it wasn’t what he though I should be bringing in. Now this a man that was in retail management all his life but it’s different when your spending your personal money. Then we went though the back and forth. One day he would be totally on board and even come up with more ideas orgond more for me to buy when we went shopping. Then the next day we we’re back to the …. Your making any money. It nearly drove me crazy! I finally had to put my foot down and let him know I was not quitting! Now we share ideas and he is my biggest fan. Although I think he still is disappointed at times over what I charge for my work but I know my market and know what I can charge. It is a process but we are making it though. Your 7 steps are perfect for anyone who needs support. Thanks again!

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