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      The truth is most small businesses fail inside of 5 years. Herlean

      Rhonda Bates wrote: My dh was also in the Gulf War. He has also tried school, every job on earth and now is working for COMMISSION as a salesman. I am also supporting the family and it is taking everything I have to keep my mouth shut. It will ruin my marriage if I nag him, but I am wondering what I can also do. If things don’t shape up, I will have to go and get a second job. With two teenagers in the house, I am not looking forward to that. Unfortunately, I don’t have any answers, but you have my empathy and I look forward to reading the responses that you receive to see if they help me. Rhonda in TX

      On 09 Apr 2007 18:49:58 -0700, Jennifer Huff[/B] <gjhuff44@earthlink.net> wrote:

      I haven’t posted in awhile, but have been reading the posts and
      getting good ideas for saving money. My frustration seems so petty,
      but it is driving me crazy. I am 36, have a DH and DD6 and DD9. When
      my husband got out of the regular Army after the Gulf war, he spent 6
      years trying college, working at McDonalds and then a restaurant with
      me completely supporting us. He finally settled on carpentry and
      worked for a couple of different people over several
      years. In 2002
      he decided to start his own carpentry business and we have been
      struggling, borrowing, etc as he is trying to make it on his own. I
      work 20 hrs per week in a very physical job and work for medical
      benefits for the family. There are weeks when I have worked 40hrs
      (covering for co-workers) and I am exhausted by the end of the week.
      In addition, the house looks like bomb went off in it. My husband
      doesn’t do much around the house(mostly dishes, mowing lawn or
      shoveling) and occasional other stuff if I beg him. I can live with
      this if I am only working 20hrs, but not if I have to work 40 hrs. I
      keep trying to get him to work for someone else as he is not earning
      enough to make ends meet, but then I get the guilt trip, “Ok, so you
      are going to make me give up my dream. I know I am a failure.” He is
      a great carpenter, but a lousy businessman. We never seem to make
      enough money. I guess I feel like I supported
      us for 6 yrs, hell,
      only one year in 15 did he make more money than me (me part-time, him
      full-time) and I don’t feel like I should have to do the same thing
      now, especially since I take care of the children most of the time
      and do 90% of the housework! Am I being petty or should I give him a
      swift kick in the butt to get a job with someone else? I have tried
      use my extra time at home to help his business, but I’m not the most
      business inclined person either. I don’t know how to organize the
      bills/paperwork for his small business and we can’t afford to hire
      someone. I have a hard enough time organizing the family bills/
      papers. Any suggestions?
      Jennifer

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