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Family-run businesses pose unique challenges

On Behalf of | Apr 20, 2022 | Business law

There are many successfully run family businesses across the country. However, as with any form of business operation, family-run operations face numerous challenges. 

Personal relationships don’t always transfer smoothly into professional relationships, and a business dispute among family members can have lasting impacts. Outlined below are some of the key considerations to take in before entering into business with your family members. 

Could someone feel left out? 

As a parent, you may have decided to lend a helping hand by offering your child an opportunity to enter into business with you. They may be at a crossroads in life, while your other children have established career paths.

Nonetheless, you have to be careful not to ignite old sibling rivalries. One of your children may feel aggrieved at being left out, or they might be of the opinion that you are being taken advantage of. Often, such issues can be ironed out through open and honest discussion among family members, before any concrete steps are taken. 

Are you missing out on key skills? 

It is important to try and separate personal decisions from business decisions. Does your family member bring valid skills to the table? If you are bringing on more than one of your loved ones, is there still room for outside hires who possess the traits to take your business to the next level?

While it may be both admirable and beneficial to bring your family members on board, you want to make sure that you are not missing out on key business attributes by excluding outside hires.

By taking the appropriate steps, there is no reason that your family-run business cannot prosper. If you find yourself facing a tricky dispute with a family member, make sure you have a clear picture of your legal rights.