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3 Reasons Running A Small Business May Not Be The Best Fit For Your Family

Running a small businesses is anything but a small undertaking. Being an entrepreneur or leader of a company is rewarding for many people who try it, but it can also lead to conflict and tension at home. Starting and running a business requires the support and understanding of family members, as well as healthy professional relationships with relatives who also serve as employees. Managing professional and family life is more difficult than it seems, which is why you should carefully consider the implications before founding your own enterprise.

Separating Home and Work Life

There are many challenges faced by family-owned and operated businesses, including the potential for conflicts between relatives that could hinder effective management. Father and son businesses thrive in all kinds of industries, as long as they take steps to maintain professionalism in the workplace. Everyone involved must understand how to set their personal feelings aside when it comes to performing their responsibilities and roles at work. That’s why families who work together should take the time to create formal professional management practices and follow through with them for everyone equally.

Maintaining a Stable Foundation

All humans have limits, even entrepreneurs. Many adults have responsibilities to their spouse and children that ultimately take priority over their career. Parents of children with health or behavioral issues should carefully consider the needs of their family before deciding to run a company. It will be almost impossible to fully focus on the company if a significant amount of your time is needed at home, so it’s essential to stabilize your family life before moving forward.

What Does Your Family Want?

Many new business owners underestimate the sheer amount of time and effort it takes to get a venture off the ground. There are a lot of late nights and early mornings, and the income is usually not as stable as a paycheck. It can also be a strain financially in the beginning. Some small businesses get their start with peer-to-peer lending, which can be quicker with lower interest rates. However, the financing behind a business is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You should talk to your spouse, children and other close family members before making a big commitment. Individuals who want to stay focused on their family can pursue other means of professional advancement. Many established institutions, like Ohio University, offer online msn programs and other advanced degrees through online programs.

Not all families are a good match within the workplace or have the stability to function with the extra stress associated with running a business. If you want to start a company with your sons, brothers or other relatives, make sure that authority and responsibility is clearly established from the beginning. No matter what kind of business you plan to start, you will want your family to be happy, healthy and equipped to cope with a temporary increase in your workload. No matter how busy things are at work, never forget to set aside time to spend with your loved ones on a regular basis.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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