How To Deal With People Who Don’t Support Your Business

You did it! You decided to pursue your dreams to start a business and create a life that you love. You’re filled with SO MUCH joy and excitement. And why wouldn’t you be?! It’s a PRETTY BIG DEAL, life changing even. However, some friends and family may not support you, and that can be a tough pill to swallow. In this article, you will learn How To Deal With People Who Don’t Support Your Business.

Have you ever shared your dreams and goals with someone? Yet you received a bunch of negativity and was told…

  1. You’re never going to make it as an entrepreneur.
  2. Why don’t you get a real job and make a steady income?
  3. How can you make money from your passion?!
  4. Don’t quit your job! You make great money. Are you crazy?!

The truth is those closest to you don’t support you because somewhere in their life they stopped dreaming and stopped going after their own goals. In other words, they just settled in life, and are projecting their own insecurities and self-doubt onto you. But, I am here to encourage you to go after what you want because life is too short not to.

Reasons Why They Don’t Support Your Business

  • They don’t want to see you grow as a person.
  • They’re jealous and don’t want to see you succeed.
  • They don’t believe in entrepreneurship but believe in working a traditional 9 to 5 job.
  • They may not be clear as to what it is you do in your business.
  • You don’t have a product or service that they need or want at the moment.

So, how exactly do you cope with people who don’t support your business? Here are a few ways…

Don’t Take It Personal

A board that says "Remember Why You Started." Its a reminder to keep going even when people don't support your business.

Many of us were raised to believe that to be “Successful” you have to go to college, get a degree, and find a traditional 9 to 5 job. The reality is that’s not the only road that leads to success.

Unfortunately, that way of thinking is the only mindset some people know. So, it may have never crossed their mind to become an entrepreneur to build generational wealth and leave a legacy.

However, their way of thinking shouldn’t impact you. After all, its your life and you only get one so don’t let someone else’s fears stop you from going after your goals of starting a business. The worst thing that can happen is that you’ll live to regret not taking a chance on pursuing your dreams.

Let Go Of Expectations

The minute you set expectations for your family and friends to support your business, it will almost always lead to disappointment. Naturally, we think our friends and family will support us, only to find out they don’t. And when they don’t meet your expectations by purchasing your products or services, it may lead to resentment.

Honestly, friends and family are usually not your ideal target audience anyway. When a strategy is put in place for your business, the right clients will come along and love what you have to offer.

Don’t Talk About It

It’s natural to feel excited about starting a business that you just want to tell everyone around you. Trust me, I get it! But I caution you to think before you speak.

Here’s what I mean…

You have to be aware of the things people say around you, whether it’s about you or anyone else. If they talk in a manner that is always negative and discouraging, even if it’s some of the time, Watch Out! Because those are the type of people that will try to talk you out of the goals you have for yourself. You do not need that kind of negative energy in your life.

Surround Yourself With Like-minded People

If you want to find people that will support you in your business, look outside of your circle of friends and family. According to HuffPost, your biggest supporters are more likely to be strangers because they are less judgmental because they don’t know your past and have the same interests as you.

You can find people like yourself by attending networking events, through Facebook groups, and more! They are more likely to understand what you are going through in your business and encourage you every step of the way.

Don’t Give Up

I hope you enjoyed reading my post about How To Deal With People Who Don’t Support Your Business! This article was inspired by so many new entrepreneurs that I’ve seen talk about how disappointed they are because the people in their life don’t support them. It can be disheartening but don’t let that stop you from starting your business.

P.S. If you’re ready to start your online business, be sure to schedule a 1:1 consultation with me.

XO Shanita

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Hi! I’m Shanita. Welcome to my online home. I’m here to share all things business, lifestyle, travel and all the blogging advice you could want.  Now that you’re here, feel free to stay awhile!

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