Lots of people say that running a business with family is like asking for disaster. However, it is not entirely true. It is true that running family business is challenging is so many ways especially when it comes to setting boundary and professionalism. However, it is not impossible for you to run a business with your family members successfully. If you can tackle down the challenges and deal with every hassle successfully, your business will do just fine and it will be so rewarding because you reach success together with the people you dear the most.
Running a business with family members successfully
Every business owner has their own approaches and strategies to run a successful business. Every type of business also has its own risks and challenges to deal with. As for family business, you can run it successfully along with your family members if you do it right. Here are things you can do to run family business successfully.
Set Clear Goals and Directions
Discuss everything thoroughly and professionally from the beginning and find purpose. It is important to find purpose and set goals even it is family business. You need to set target so you and your family members know where to go. You know the direction of your business so even if there is conflict in the future, you can remind yourself the purpose and goals you have set together from the start. Also, make sure that the intention to run a business together is not just a flux.
Prepare and plan everything thoroughly and in detailed. Business should be treated like a business. Thus, you need to make business plan from the beginning. You need to sit together and discuss about everything regarding to the business including financial setting, marketing strategies, responsibilities, and many more. Do not skip anything even though it is minor thing. The more thorough you plan, the more effective your business will be.
Set professional boundaries
You also need to create written and formal agreements just like when you do with non-family business partners. Written and legal agreement is like your manual how to run the business with each other’s role and responsibilities. This way, you don’t have to question your responsibility because everything is planned and agreed beforehand through written contract/agreement.
Working professionally along with family members can be very challenging. However, you don’t have to be over-stressed about it. It might be hard in the beginning because you are still adapting to how you interact in professional environment. However, you also just need to enjoy comfortable feeling when you are working with family members. There is no awkward moment so it should motivate you to focus more on your tasks.
Try to always be open-minded. You and your family members have the same upbringing and family tradition so it’s common to tend to be close-minded. It is understandable because your mind has used to revolve around similar things. Thus, always remind yourself and your family members to learn something new so it is not too hard to find new ideas and create innovation for the business.