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Dave Ramsey says: Talk with husband about his struggling business

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Dear Dave,

My husband runs a small business that has never done very well.

We have three kids, and I make $55,000 annually in my job.

Part of what I make has been going into the business for over a year to help keep it afloat, and we don’t have a lot of money in savings.

What do you think we should do?

Stephanie

Dear Stephanie,

If you’re putting other money into a business account, that’s a pretty good sign you’re not making money in the business.

You and your husband need to sit down together, and do a household budget and a profit and loss statement on the business. You’ve got to get on the same page financially.

Put all his business expenses on the profit and loss statement in detail, and write out what it would take for him to break even each month.

But honestly, with everything that’s been going on with your finances, if he’s not at least breaking even at this point, then it’s time for him to do something else for a living full-time.

I’m an entrepreneur and business owner. Trust me, I totally understand the allure and excitement that goes with running your own business.

But your own household and its immediate financial responsibilities come first.

The only money that should go into the business account is income the business creates.

— Dave

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