Every business owner has encountered this question before: “Is it worth hiring family members or friends?”
On the one hand, it seems easy to turn to the people in your life for help running your business. On the other hand, it can be a recipe for both professional and personal disaster. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the biggest reasons you shouldn’t hire family members, as well as a few tips to use if you still want to hire within the family.
If you read the previous section and still think that a family member or friend would make a great hire, here’s how to do it without running the risk of damaging your business or your relationship:
I mean this, too. Ask yourself how you’ll react in situations where your family member might need to be reprimanded or, in a worst-case scenario, fired. Will you be able to have those hard conversations? Or will you be tempted to avoid them for the sake of not wanting to upset them?
If you have the slightest inclination that you’ll be uncomfortable treating your family member as an employee, don’t hire them. It’s really as simple as that.
Have you ever hired a family member or friend? How did it turn out? Tell us in the comments below!