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However, I now have one EXTREMELY jealous spouse who hates her job and resents me for staying at the house all day. She’s constantly reminding me how lucky I am that I don’t have to go to work (I’ve come to accept that she doesn’t know the difference between luck and hard work) and gets quite upset that I don’t do more cleaning around the house since I’m “always home all day”. Of course she conveniently forgets that I’m working when she leaves for work in the morning and still working two hours after she gets home.
I have no doubt that other home based webmasters have had similar problems. What did you do to fix it?
Many, many years ago I started my own business. At that time my wife had a full-time job at another company.
Eventually, I needed someone to handle the paperwork, and she was best for the job (and the least expensive).
Well, that job was really part-time. For five years she only had to show up maybe two or three days a week, all the while I was working 60 to 80 hours during those same weeks.
How about assigning her tasks that involve your business? Or buy an old punch-in machine to record your hours?
In the end, it comes down to money, period. If you're making more than your spouse, the money argument is on your side. If not, God help you.
I don't care if she's some fancy lawyer or something, all they do is ask people questions ;)
Talk to her, just tell her that it's making you angry that she doesn't have respect for your job. Tell her you probably do more work, and work that's more important to you, than she does. If I own a website and it fails, I go through a VERY stressful time. I feel myself slipping further and further into a sink-hole.
Seriously, though, this is a common problem. Wish I had a good answer. Maybe you could put a chart on the wall of all your current projects. Put the project name, estimated hours and when finished fill in the actual hours. Do one for each day. It's something tangible, and wouldn't be a bad thing for you as well.
my family and friends do not value my time spent working because i'm doing it in my underware.
i tell them tyra banks does most of her work in her underware and she still works hard and is very successful
let your family enjoy your success and they will work hard to back you up in your endevors.