A Tough Business

A Tough Business

Having a trade business is tough. Running a business with your partner is tough. It can get extremely difficult sometimes to be married, live together, work together and raise children together (we don’t have any yet so I take my hat off to all of you who do!) as well as everything else that life throws at us.

From what I have learnt, sometimes it’s harder to speak to the people closest to you when times get a bit tough, than it is to speak to someone who is completely removed from the situation.

Running a small business can feel isolating, overwhelming and sometimes it just feels like you want to pack it all in and get a 9-5 or perhaps move countries and change your name (whatever works) so you don’t have to worry so much.

Sometimes it feels like a constant battle of chasing work, negotiation, chasing payments and the general stresses of running a business. After long days on the job that are physically and mentally exhausting, tradies will usually come home and spend another few hours calling clients to go through quotes, invoicing and more quoting, often 6 days a week. It can definitely wear you down and make you feel like sometimes you are missing out on living because you are always working.

Obviously us TradieWives take some of the pressure off doing a majority of the ‘back office’ work and I know it’s by choice to have your own business but sometimes it is just hard, particularly combined with all the other general life curve balls that are sent our way.

Craig usually keeps things to himself when he’s feeling a bit down, as I know a lot of men generally do and I have read a lot of posts in the TradieWives group recently from women who are feeling the pressure a bit in both business and relationships.

I recently got chatting to an organisation called ‘Mates in Construction’ they advised me that they have a 24/7 line you can call if things really start getting too much and you need an ear. I just wanted to share it with you in case it helps someone out there x

‘MATES in Construction exist to help Construction and Building workers and their mates who are doing it tough at home or work.
If you or your mate are doing it tough and would like help please call us 1300 MIC 111 (1300 642 111). This is a 24/7 line
If you are concerned about someone else and would like to know what you can do to help, either phone 1300 MIC 111 (1300 642 111) yourself or pass the number to the person you are concerned about and get them to phone us’

  • John O'Neill
    Posted at 13:14h, 12 October Reply

    Great post thank you and as a builder running a small company and being a family member ….yes it can be tough and it can be wonderful, so to also put a shine on the tough times having our own business can offer wonderful opportunities to have holidays when we want to control our own lives,, Mates in construction is great and there is also a monthly meeting of Builders on the second Thursday of each month at Dee Why, we talk about the difficulty of business, staff, clients, regulations. contracts, contractors and we support each other, for information about the meetings you can get in touch with us through Tradies Wives.

  • Rachel Ratclif
    Posted at 20:24h, 25 December Reply

    Mates in Construction are doing a great job helping tradies deal with mental health issues. As a tradie wife i understand how hard it can be at times to get these guys talking. They like to keep to themselves and act tough because they feel they need to support the people around them. But tradies are also human and they also need our support! I’m glad there is help out there and i’m glad people have started to question the stigma around this. Great post Verity!

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