How to Deal with an Unsupportive Spouse in Your MLM Business
One common issue in network marketing is dealing with an unsupportive or negative spouse. Speaking from personal experience, I’ve found that typically one spouse is excited about the business and the other is downright negative.
This could happen for a variety of reasons such as past experiences, broken promises, past failures, marital problems, personality differences, a difference in values, and many other reasons. Typically, opposites attract, so you can see why this happens a lot.
From my own personal experience, I’ve found that if the man is excited about the business, but the wife isn’t, they typically won’t do the business. I’ve also found that if the man is negative, but the wife is excited, they typically WILL do the business.
And when both partners are excited about the opportunity, they will typically do very well in the business. Yes, there are exceptions to this rule, but during the past 16-years, I haven’t found any!
What does all of this mean to you? First off, if you are showing the products or business opportunity to someone and they are married or are in a serious relationship, it’s important that you show it to both of them at the same time! This is the right thing to do and the smartest thing to do.
If your spouse is negative, you have a few options.
Before You Join a Business
If you haven't joined a MLM Business yet, but are considering it, you only have two options.
1. Do Nothing: Your first option is to do nothing. Don't get signed up in the business or try the products. Just do what your spouse recommends and continue to life your life as it currently is.
2. Get Started: Tell your spouse your hopes and dreams and get signed up in the business. Ask them to be supportive, or at least neutral, and give you minimum six to twelve months to see what you can achieve in the business.
If You've Already Joined the Business
If you're already involved with a MLM Company, and you have a negative spouse, here are your options:
First off, make sure that you do not pressure your spouse or make them feel bad for not being excited like you are. Make sure they know WHY you are building a business.
In addition, don’t let the business take over your life either. Set business hours, have boundaries and make sure you still schedule family time and date nights with your family.
Next, don’t force your spouse to try the products or help you build a business. Just love on them and be a good example. Chances are they will come around, even if it takes a while.
Keep them updated about your progress in the business. Show them your bonus checks and business growth. There won’t be a negative spouse at $10k per month!
My final tip is to treat your business seriously. Most spouses are negative because they know you have tried things in the past, but never followed through. If they see you are truly serious and committed to your MLM business, there is a good chance they will be more supportive.
Only you can decide what is best for you. Every relationship is different. I encourage you to be very patient and understanding with your spouse, and to explain to them your hopes, dreams and goals. If you decide to give MLM a whirl, put in the work and build it big. Don't dink around with it!
What are your thoughts? How do you recommend dealing with a negative spouse? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.
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