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02-03-2014, 10:14 AM
I've always been business minded and I think I somehow always knew I wanted to get into business for myself as early as possible. My family saw this early on and always advised me to just get into employment after I graduate college.

I'm not saying they were totally not supportive of me trying to become an entrepreneur, but I'd say they were kind of clueless as to how to guide me since my whole family is comprised of employees. This sometimes made me wish that I had at least one entrepreneur in my immediate family so I would not have had to learn everything by myself, but I guess it could have been much worse. My family at least did the best they can, in that they would buy me business books on my birthday or Christmas.

How about you guys, were your parents or family members supportive of your decision to get into business for yourself?

02-03-2014, 10:45 AM
It may be harder for a family that doesn't have any entrepreneurs, they may just really not know how to be supportive! My husband is very supportive of me, however he does work and earn all the income needed to succeed in our family. My income is wonderful but a necessity. I think that really helps for him to support me. If I make no income that is ok. There are not a lot of people who can have this option so I am so very lucky to have this option! Just keep trying and make it work! Then they will be proud of you and learn that support is pretty easy once they are so very proud! It will take the scary and suspense out of the it for them and you! Just keep going! Good Luck!

02-03-2014, 10:51 AM
Not at all supportive. Not only do my parents not know anything about running a business, but they could care less about mine. It doesn't bother me, because I don't feel like I need their support to succeed. They don't understand business, and that is ok.

02-03-2014, 11:05 AM
They're 100% supportive, and have supported me every step of the way. They even lend me money when I need it, and don't expect a repayment.

02-04-2014, 09:58 PM
I started my business in 2008 at age 20, still living with my mom. She let me take over half the garage for my "warehouse", and always lent me an open ear. My dad was very gung-ho about the project in the beginning and even pledged money to help me get started, but once he realize how serious I was, he got cold feet and at the last minute (at the bank) drastically cut back the amount that he would lend me. It shook my confidence a bit, knowing that my own dad didn't believe in me enough to put more money into my idea. But I didn't let that stop me, and I have since repaid him plus plenty extra. The business has become quite successful over the past five years.

Just remember that you're doing this for you, not for someone else. This is about your own success. Find satisfaction in that first, and everything else will be icing on the cake.

02-04-2014, 10:28 PM
My family has never been supportive, and I'm not very close with them at all. In fact, I'm sort of embarrassed of how little they have accomplished, so it doesn't affect me at all that they think I'm wrong. It's been about 4 years since I started my own business, and they continue to harass me whenever I talk to them, but I choose to talk to them. My grandparents, however, have helped me with money and have been sort of indifferent, leaning towards a positive light.

02-04-2014, 10:33 PM
I am lucky and my family would probably be supportive of whatever I chose to do (well, maybe not everything, lol).
For those whose families aren't supportive and don't believe in them, that's what friends are for, right?

02-05-2014, 04:23 AM
Sadly, my family isn't really supportive of me when I declared that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. At the same time, I understand that they just want me to have a stable income and live a comfortable life. I guess I just have to prove to them that I have what it takes to succeed.

02-05-2014, 07:31 AM
My family is somewhat supportive in the sense that they do not care much what I want to do with my life but are pushing me towards something else especially my mom. To be a lawyer, which is really stressful since I'm about to graduate into a pre-law course and of course the option available for me would most likely be law school. I actually want to start a computer shop but my mom doesn't agree. Since I am a techie myself I feel sad not to pursue this path but pretty soon I think I will no matter what. I'm just trying to get my momentum in order for me to have a good start.

02-05-2014, 08:12 AM
They were reluctant in the beginning since I'm still a college student but I insisted that it would be a good opportunity for me. They were mainly afraid that I would drop out and if the start up failed then I wouldn't have anything to rely on. But here I am, studying and trying to continue my venture. My family now have helped me out with whatever they can, suggesting new ideas and strategies. :) I'm really glad that I have them.

02-05-2014, 08:49 AM
I dropped out of a business studies course to become a DJ much to the behest of my parents because "that's not a real job". Well at 100 an hour for 4 hours 4 times a week was looking like serious work to me, but they always supported my decision.

I have never really thought of myelf as an A-typical businessman, but I look back more than a decade on and I've owned a small shop and own a small house mortgage free, so I don't push as hard to find the means to an end. My family has and are behind me with the new venture of a mobile catering business; It's going to change the routine and cost some money, but my wife will be beside me every step.

02-05-2014, 09:46 AM
I too come from a family where almost all are employed. Doing a business was always a no no here. So when I fell ill, and was asked by medics to stay home, I got the idea of starting a web based business. My family though supportive initially was suspicious and it took me a great time convincing them that this is the best I can do being at home. If I dont do this, there is nothing else that I can do and support my family. So kinda yes, they had to give in, but then, today, after a few good projects and satisfied clients, they seem to be happy.

02-05-2014, 09:59 AM
My family is not that supportive, they think I am not really working even when they see a paycheck coming into the house they still have the idea I could be making more money if I got a regular job. The fact that I am 69 does not seem to interest them, I should get a real job:) You are home anyway doing nothing so you can do the laundry and cook dinner type of thing.

I freelance for a legal company which takes about 2 weeks of really working and then I do a little online.

02-05-2014, 11:59 AM
My parents want me to learn how to run my own business. If I am able to achieve my dream, I will become a veterinarian. They want me to be able to make more money by owning my own place than by working for someone else. Apparently, vets make much more money by being able to do that. My parents have always joked around and said that my mom would handle the financial process and my dad would clean up the poop. Now that I am in college, I really need to buckle down. I also think I am going to take some business classes. Building my own business is far away, but hopefully I will be able to someday.

02-06-2014, 02:09 AM
My family is very supportive because I don't think I'm able to survive without my parents. They have supported me all along from the day I was born to college to after college and continue to support me because I'm their only son, whom they have me to rely on in the future. I have learned a lot from them when I can't learn elsewhere, plus they always fix the troubles I have caused, which I'm greatly appreciate them.

02-09-2014, 08:00 AM
My dad wasn't but my Mum was. Mainly because her dad has this super amazing story of coming from a rural area and selling stuff on the city pavements and then going on to becoming one of the richest men in business.

If he could do it 50-60 years back in those circumstances, you and I can too. It just takes a loooooooooooot of hard, hard work.

02-14-2014, 03:31 AM
What I wanted to do doesn't really go well with what my parents wanted me to do. Even till now, I am still struggling to make them see that I am right.

02-16-2014, 08:35 AM
I have both sides in my family. My mother not only supports me, she actually tries to help me, even though she is in her 70s! (I am blessed!) On the other hand, my husband thinks I am just wasting my time. Since I have a degree that usually means you are able to make a bunch of money, he feels I should be putting it to use. He does not really understand I am burned out of that career. My children are all grown and I feel as though this is the time in my life to try something I actually want to do, not just have a job to pay bills.

02-16-2014, 09:36 AM
I find my parents and family have always been very supportive of anything I do, I also find I am very lucky because of this. Its made me more independent, because i know help is always on hand, i never ask for it. I like standing on my own two feet then it makes my family proud of me, instead of being annoyed.

02-21-2014, 04:12 AM
No in every sense of that word they are completely opposite to what I'm doing right now. It depends on the situation.

02-21-2014, 06:27 AM
Hi, it's great to hear that your family is being as supportive as they can to help you achieve your dreams. As for myself, my family has been nothing but supportive. They trust the decisions I make and always assist me however they can. It feels so great to have such a loving family, I will never take that for granted. However, I do feel the heavy burden because they have such a strong faith in me; I am afraid that I could not live to their expectations. Nevertheless, I will always work as hard as I can to provide for myself and my family.

02-21-2014, 11:45 AM
Yes they were. When I was just starting they encouraged me and saw the value of learning the ropes of business running as early as possible. But at the same time they stressed the need of a job until business picks up since it's a good way to keep your back covered if you fail. Also, a job offers money to invest and play around with. In the end, having a supportive family helps a lot, from advice to money and free help (employees). High morals and someone to talk to it's awesome, especially when things get tough and business is slow (if any).

02-21-2014, 11:49 AM
I can say yes, they are very , when I started working in a law enforcement field my dad felt like I shouldn't that working for a prison was dangerous as always seen on TV. I told him I had to get a feel for myself and her I am after 15 years still rolling with the field. My family very proud of me and supports me in every aspect in the world which is so important to me.

03-04-2014, 05:21 AM
My dad wasn't but my Mum was. Mainly because her dad has this super amazing story of coming from a rural area and selling stuff on the city pavements and then going on to becoming one of the richest men in business.

If he could do it 50-60 years back in those circumstances, you and I can too. It just takes a loooooooooooot of hard, hard work.

I've met a good number of business friends who had the same situation in which one parent was supportive while the other one wasn't. I personally wish I had at least one parent on my side, to be honest!. :D Still, at least they are both passively supportive and I guess that's still something to appreciate. Also, their stories were pretty similar to your parents' because their grandparents on one side of the family were usually business people that rose above adversity which is what made them believe in the practice of pursuing financial independence, but yes, it does entail a lot of sacrifice and it really is a whole lot different when you are just listening to the stories as opposed to when you are living it!

03-07-2014, 01:05 AM
i can say yes, although i have not started my own business
because they almost support all the decisions i make:)

03-07-2014, 03:34 AM
Personally my family has always been supportive in every business that I work on. I tend to choose carefully my business decisions so that I do not end up disappointing them. But after all the know that business is a risk it can work out and sometimes if can flop. Either way they support my decisions.

03-08-2014, 03:48 AM
When I needed their support, my family thought I'd was better of working in some office. When I insisted that I was not cut for office work, they said they'd have no further dealings with me. You see they'd made mistakes in their lives and lost a lot of money so they had this negative attitude towards owning a business.

The good thing is the lack of support from my family didn't stop me from starting a business. It wasn't that profitable but at least I didn't have to get a job.

03-08-2014, 04:10 AM
From what I see, it's better to come up with some "results" if you want their support and approvals. I mean, would you be convinced if someone told you he wanted to do something big in his life, but has no experience about the specific field that he wants to venture in? I have come to realize that if I want approval from anybody at all, it would be best if I researched about things before hand, try to do it beforehand, get some profit or results from it before you finally tell the whole world you want to do this and that. People tend to have a bad impressions or doesn't expect much when it's something that you are not familiar with. People are more confident and will be more likely to support you if you told them that "I have been doing it for quite some time now. And I am paying my bills with what I do." instead of "No, I don't know anything about this thing that I wanted to do. But I want to try!".

03-08-2014, 03:14 PM
I knew for quite a while that I wanted to be an entrepreneur but my family isn't that supportive.

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03-09-2014, 10:28 AM
I am currently studying entrepreneurship and we are required to start a new business. My family knew this since day one and I'm blessed to have them because they are very supportive. Most of the time, we exchange business ideas and strategies. They may not know everything about business but they understand some aspects. They help me in any way they can and I'm just happy that they're with me every step of the way.

03-09-2014, 10:37 AM
My parents are entrepreneurs, so they were actually the ones who encouraged me to go to business school. If I didn't take up business, I know that my parents would be supportive of me either way. They say that as long as I am happy with what I'm doing, they will be there for me no matter what. So anyway, it wasn't that complicated for me to get into business because I had my parents to mentor me and help me with difficult decision I encounter.

03-10-2014, 11:13 AM
Yes. I own my own lawn Care service, and brothers are always helping me out when i have a lot of business, or when i am short on help. Of course i have to pay them, but at least i am never short on employees, and i can always trust them to get things done right.

04-03-2014, 07:08 AM
Lucky for me My mother was supportive of me when it comes down to this subject. This is because she is also in to the same thing I guess that is where it get it from. Also my ex is very supportive and they are also into owning and running your own business.

04-03-2014, 04:55 PM
My family is slowly turning around since I told them that I made a little pocket money when I haven't
made any before.

10-19-2015, 06:46 AM
yeah my family always supporting me .....

12-16-2015, 05:22 AM
Yes, my family always supports me. Not only mine, i think that all families are supportive with its all family member. If we can't get any support from family then its our fault not them. It means that we can't see the positive side of their views. Sometimes we are happy with our desicion and unhappy with their's decision but ultimately we get what we really deserve. I also suggest you all to support your all family member. If they are on the wrong way then try to understand them and support them.

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