Working with family

Have you made a decision to work with friends or family members? Many individuals find this to be a very enjoyable arrangement. However, there are countless others who find this situation to be problematic.

There are things you can do to make things run more smoothly. One of the most important things to remember is that there will be occasional disagreements no matter how hard you try to be accommodating. It’s just human nature.

In the beginning, you need to sit down and discuss things. It is much better to get things out in the open right from the start. Go over job responsibilities and tell your family member exactly what is expected from him. Explain that he will be treated just like any other employee.

If this will be a business partnership, discuss which areas he will be responsible for and the things you will be deciding on as a team. Go over things like vacation days, when he will be paid, insurance options, etc.

Unfortunately, many people who hire friends or family members are taking advantage of in some way. Don’t let this happen to you! If you are straight forward from the start, as to what is expected, things should run much more smoothly.


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