There are a few different pros and cons of working with family members. Working with family can be fun, exciting, and can strengthen the bond that you have with your family members. Unfortunately, depending on you family, it can also completely destroy your family and how well each of you gets along with each other. Before you decide to start a business with your family, take a moment to stop and think about both the plus and the cons of working with family.
The Pros of Working with FamilyOne of the pros of going into business with your family members is that you generally know what types of things they will excel at. This will make it easier for you when it comes to assigning duties. It will also help to ensure that your family members actually like what they’re doing. Before you decide to start telling everyone what they will be doing, think about the company in itself. Is it your company, and do you family members work for you? Or is it a joint effort and collaboration between everyone? Depending on what the answer is, that is how you should run your company. You don’t want a joint collaboration between your family members to make it seem like you’re the one in control. They aren’t going to appreciate it at all.
Another pro when it comes to going into business with your family members is that in most cases you can trust them. Usually, your family members will have your best interest in mind. However, there are some instances when family focuses more on themselves and their own wants and needs. If you are you are going to go into business with your family, make sure that you actually trust the family members that you are going into business with. If you have second thoughts about certain members before you even start your business, it would be best to exclude them from the company. Running a business with your family members can lead to all types of stress and drama. If you think one or more of your family members may end up causing problems for you, or other family members, make sure that a discussion takes place before you continue on with your plans.
The Cons of Working with FamilyOne of the downsides of working with family is that you may often let them get away with certain things. If you are running a food truck, you would probably angry each time you caught one of your non-family members eating the food. However, when it is your family member, you may be a little more willing to ignore it because that person is family. This is bad for business any way that you look at it. When you begin let a family member take advantage of the situation, they will continue to do so. When you get fed up and finally say something to them about it, they will feel like you are singling them out because you never said anything before.
While it is unfortunate, some family does take advantage of other family members. Things like calling out of work, coming in late, and not putting a full effort into working are just some of the things that some family members will try to pull. These things will only increase if they feel like you aren’t assertive enough. If you are going to go into business with you family members, you will have to learn how to stand up for yourself. Don’t allow your family members to take advantage of you. Once they start, chances are they will stop.
Working with you family will either be the best or worst idea of your life. Make sure you’ve completely weighed your options before you and your family members decide that you want to go start a business together. Once you’re locked in, it can be difficult to get out without causing a lot of stress and headaches for the whole family. However, if you are lucky enough to have a great family who works well together, starting your own business with them can be a really great idea.