“Just how much does it cost you to sand and refinish hardwood floors?” My husband asked me this last night as we were getting the bedroom ready for the night. We were having a regular fight over money, but this was the first time he’d brought my business into the equation. We usually fight over the kids, the bills, and our joint bank accounts.
He’s never asked about my business expenses at Winnwood Flooring before, because he doesn’t know the first thing about flooring or sanding and refinishing, much like I know nothing about his chess club or soccer techniques.
As we fought, it turned out that he feels like I’m padding my floor install business numbers to keep money in my business and not bring it home.
That offended me. We own a home, travel to other continents, and have saved up to put three kids through college. And my sanding and refinishing the hardwood floors around the city have paid for over half of that.
I even helped him get his business off the ground.
Rather than deal with the accusation, I actually answered his question matter of fact, talking about supplies, materials, labor charges, insurance, and everything else. He quickly realized I knew more about running a business then he does.
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