A friend of mine posted about how her rather curt e-mail to a supplier had obviously hit a nerve. The supplier had responded by explaining her oversight had been caused by the pressure of Christmas orders and trying to run a small business while nursing a sick husband (man flu) and keeping a 4 year old son entertained.
Personally, I felt the reply didn’t address my friend’s complaint but she may not have reproduced the whole response. However I was a bit surprised at other responses which were critical of the supplier quoting personal reasons for an oversight. The feeling seemed to be that business issues should be kept separate form personal ones.
I can agree with that to some extent but there are many people out there who have bravely, in my opinion, set up small businesses to try and support their families. This must take an incredible amount of work and must be stressful. Starting up new ventures in the current economic climate is risky, even if you do have a good product/service to offer. If you also have young children to work around it just adds another factor into the work/life balance. I’m grateful that both my husband and I have good jobs and stability that don’t require us to have to look at alternative methods of making a living although it would be nice to have the drive and imagination required to set up a business.