Getting Your Family Involved In Your Home Business
When you first open a home business, like it or not your family is involved. Whether it is peripheral involvement by staying out of your way while you work or taking an active role in running the business, getting your family involved in your home business can actually help its chance of success. In what capacity family members are able to be involved will depend on the type of home business you operate and the age of some of the family members.
Obviously, really young children will not be able to offer a lot of assistance but as they grow older finding tasks around the house can be beneficial for you, to help remove the burden of some time consuming, yet non productive tasks, such as sweeping the floor in the office or emptying the trash cans.Offering to pay them a small salary for their efforts they can begin to learn the importance of working for what they want.
Unfortunately, there are many parents who get so wrapped up in running their home business that they tend to ignore the children, even when they are old enough to start offering some real help. By getting them involved early, they will not only learn a work ethic and the meaning of working for their money but they may also take an interest in the business and run it someday when you retire.
As far as other family members, hiring them may work but to do so you must go through the hiring process the same as you would any potential employee. If there is one position to fill and after interviewing family and other applicants, all things being equal it may work to hire a relative that is qualified for the position. The interview should give you an idea if they want the job with the company or just want you to pay them for showing up sometimes because you are related and do not want to anger Uncle Bill.
It would need to be clear from the start that you are running a home business in order to make a living, not to keep all the relatives employed and if they fall below established standards then, they will no longer be employed by you. Additionally, if a relative has to be let go for any reason and your aunt, uncle or whoever calls to complain, as long as the individual is over the age of majority in your state, you owe them no explanation.
In rare cases a husband and wife home business cruises along to great success as they both have the same financial goals in mind. It is imperative that of the two one person is in charge of certain decisions and there is always opening for discussion but once the final decision is made, it will be followed by both. In many other cases, spending the entire workday together as well as the rest of the evening, neither party has a break from their work partner which can lead to dissention at home.
Obinna Heche: Los Angeles- California
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