Rhonda Abrams At Gannett News Service:
The reality of small businesses is that family members are often called upon — or given the opportunity — to be a part of the business. Sometimes, as in my case, they’re used in a pinch. But many other times, entrepreneurs turn to family members as employees, lenders, or investors.
The key to successfully working with family members is to use clear-eyed judgment, especially about the individual involved. One of your brothers may be a responsible, hard worker who’d never resent you giving him direction. The other may be a slacker who thinks he should be in charge. So there’s no clear answer to: “Should I give my out-of-work brother a job?”
Your goal is to protect both the business and the relationship. Your business represents your financial well-being. And as hard as it is to replace great employees, it’s even tougher to replace a great brother, sister, parent, or spouse.
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