Great advice, and pretty much how I started planning for and then starting my consulting, publishing and training company, some 26 years ago.

Here’s a addition: Asking the right questions of your family and trusted advisors, from my McGraw-Hill Book on Small Business, to keep them onside, supportive, and to help you keep some degree of balance as you “start-up:

Due to the financial, mental, and time demands of starting and running a small business, family and friends can either help or hinder you. Perhaps more important, starting and running a business can cause stress for the people close to you and your relationships with them.

Here are some perfect phrases to use to explore these issues with family members and friends.

The following are questions to ask yourself.

■ Am I attentive, rather than dismissive, when family/friends offer solicited feedback?

■ Can I engage in conversations with family members about issues other than my business?

■ Do I let last-minute business issues interfere with my family plans or obligations consistently?

■ Am I up-to-date on the lives of my family members and their individual challenges?

■ Am I making and meeting enough family commitments?

■ Am I still remembering and acknowledging dates special to family members, such as birthdays and anniversaries?

Here are some phrases you can use to open dialog with family, friends, and trusted advisors.

■ I’d like to make sure you (family) understand that we might have to give up a few things for a year or two.

■ I’m hoping you’ll feel comfortable reining me in if my ideas get too unrealistic.

■ The best thing you can do is offer suggestions if you think I’m going off in the wrong direction.

■ You know I tend to be disorganized, so I would greatly appreciate anything you can do to help organize things around here.

■ When I’m working in my office (home),we need to all be a little quieter and not interrupt.

■ Since things are going to be so busy, let’s make sure we all eat together every day and spend some good time together.

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