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Ups and downs of running a family business

On Behalf of | May 23, 2022 | Business Litigation |

Family-owned businesses make up a majority of the world’s businesses. Thousands of people operate businesses with their family members in New Jersey. There are major benefits along with disadvantages to consider when pursuing this venture.

Natural leadership

Every family has one or two natural leaders who make the most important decisions, pay the property’s bills and provide personal advice to each member. There is a hierarchy of leadership that is assigned from ascending to descending ages. The parent or guardian is the top leader followed by older relatives, the older children and the younger children. As a result, running a family business is easier when this hierarchy has already been set.

Commitment

Hiring family members is very different from hiring regular employees. The process is more informal, and many of your family members have other jobs and social lives. They may show less loyalty and commitment to running the business than professionals that are hired outside of the family.

Lack of compliance

Your family needs to understand that the law is above everyone’s actions, thoughts and desires. Your family member is a paid employee who must understand and follow every business law in the state and country.

Close proximity

A family business can be located in the family home. Your relatives will live in close proximity to the business’s clients and the equipment that are needed to perform their jobs.

Conflicts within family

Families are more likely to quarrel than employees and coworkers. Family members have to invest more time, energy and money in each other. They are more likely to run into conflicts that go back for years.

The family business is one of the most important sources of income for a nation’s economy. Working with family members brings a strong sense of familiarity and loyalty. On the other hand, you face more serious conflicts that could divide the family members for a long time. Overall, there are more benefits than disadvantages of having this type of business.