Your family is very dear to you, but it’s not always going to be so perfect. Usually when you work with family, you may find it hard to keep your business life and your at home life separate. When working with family, problems from home may travel with you to the workplace and make a good day turn into a bad one. Family conflicts also may cause some non-family employees to quit. These employees may quit because they may feel like they are in the middle of the family problem, which would cause them to feel overwhelmed and quit their job. Also, it’s very hard to grow your business if you are distracted by problems in your family. You may want to find a way to keep all of your problems in the family at home, or even better, don’t have them at all! Working with family can cause many problems, so you should stay clear of family conflict.
Overall, if you decide when your older to start a family business, you should probably follow these guidelines:
Don’t give someone a job just because they are related to you. You should give them the job based on their qualities and ability for the job.
Try and stay clear of conflicts with other family members in the business so that you don’t make the non-family employees feel uncomfortable.
Try and keep your personal life and your work life separate.
Give opportunities for a promotion to everyone, not just your family member employees.
Don’t bring emotions into business.
As my dad, Joseph Karten (a family business owner himself) may say, “for the family to survive, the business must survive. Make choices based on good business sense, not family easy.” This means that you shouldn’t let a family member stop you from hiring the best person to do a particular job. Never let family come in the way of important business decisions.