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Separate family from business in a family-owned operation

When it comes to starting a business, you might think that including your family members is the best way to go. While your loved ones may be on board with sacrificing financially for a limited time to help bring your dreams to fruition, the ability to leave your work at the office can be tough on your home life.

Keeping scalability in mind, you certainly do not want to create a work atmosphere where those who are not related to you will feel left out. If you want to involve your family in your business, there are some things you can do to separate your business dealings from those of your family to help minimize conflicts which could tear both apart.

Minimize family conflicts in the workplace

As with many families, most businesses face conflict at some point. And although nobody believes in you and your dreams the way your relatives do, family involvement could escalate certain situations. This can be especially true when conflict from work continues after hours.

However, you can minimize conflict in your family-owned business if you:

  • Keep business dealings professional
  • Communicate effectively with your team
  • Define ways to separate work from family time
  • Refrain from giving special treatment, or additional punishment, to family members
  • Require a real contribution from family members before adding them to your payroll

Starting a family-owned business might be a fantastic opportunity to build a legacy for your children. And it may allow you the freedom you desire to see your dreams come true.

As you start your company, be sure you develop ways to maintain your close family relationships. In most cases of family-owned businesses, loved ones are often the source of inspiration; the “why” behind the “what” you do.  

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