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My fiance is self-employed. He's been a consultant (electronic engineering) for years, and he just recently started his own business (with one partner). They are just now getting incorporated.

I come from a family in which my dad was the primary (usually sole) income-earner. He worked at a large aerospace firm (and is still there!) for over 20 yrs. Talk about consistency and stability! He has a steadily-rising salary, and a pension.

These two ways of life are so different! I myself am just like dad -- employed at a huge computer company and pulling down a salary (decent for my age) and lots o' benefits (401K with company match, etc.).

I am having trouble dealing with the lack of consistency that my fiance's endeavors will add to our financial outlook. Specifically...

How will we buy a house when he is going to have very few after-tax dollars?

How to come to terms with an income that just may not be there for awhile? (I understand that his business could be VERY lucrative in the long-term, but right now, I am the primary income-earner.)

I want to support my fiance in his business venture because I know it is his dream... but how can I feel financially secure at the same time?

I'm grateful for any advice.


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