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Entrepreneurship and Family Business: How to Manage a Family Business

written by: Tomica Bonner•edited by: Jean Scheid•updated: 6/24/2011

Managing a family business is no doubt stressful but at times it can be worth the effort that you are putting forth. Entrepreneurship and family business require great effort to stand tall as a successful entity.

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    Entrepreneurship and family business require great effort to stand tall as a successful entity. Becoming an entrepreneur and running your own family business have one thing in common - they require a vision of how to successfully manage a business. Only those businesses become successful which strive for greater financial return by following basic business ethics. A family business is no different from it. In fact, family business management encounters several threats and adversities. Let’s have a glance through some of the vital points that contribute in teaching how to manage a family business:Family Business 

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    Uninterrupted communication

    It is one of the major factors that contribute to effective management of family business and also your success. Before you kick-start your business with any of your family members or hire anyone in your family to perform a particular role, discuss the ins and outs of his/her individual responsibilities in detail to avoid any kind of conflict in future. At the same time you must also talk about what you expect out of him/her and also confirm on his/her agreement with your views.

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    Avoid Emotions and Keep Business Sentiments

    There is no place for emotions in any kind of business. When you are dealing in your family business, it’s better to be logical rather than emotional. You may often encounter situations where your feelings may not hold any value but before you react adversely think of yourself as how you would have reacted in a situation similar to this where a non-family member would have existed in the place of your family member. In the due course of time you will be able to train your mind to be logical enough to explain relevant details to your family member in the same way as you could have done to a non-family member.

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    Avoid Being Biased

    Family conflicts should not surface when you are dealing in your family business. You may have several grievances against that individual life but learn to be professional when it comes to business. You need to be fair and rational at all times. At instances when you feel that the situation is getting out of hand, just ask the concerned person to take a day off. When running your business there is no point in being partial to one just because the sight of that person sends shivers down your spine. Fair judgment in some cases bears witness to end personal conflicts as well.

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    Value Competence and Better to Reward Competence

    Rewarding genetics can cause harm to your business. If you feel that your family member does not deserve a certain position or post that s/he has applied for or wishes to be promoted to, hire any other individual from the internal or external circuit rather than being emotional and appointing your family member in the same place. When it comes to success often non-competence and inadequate resources have to pay a big price. Also, the other staffs that work in your organization may feel alienated if you practice nepotism within your business.

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    Spend Quality Time After Work

    The famous saying "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" falls right into place when it comes to the process of learning how to manage a family business. Due to work stress, you must never forget to nurture your personal relationships. Take time out for a family get-together or a dinner meet. You may as well plan for weekend getaways. With the passage of time, you will observe a strong bond developing between you and your business partner.

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    Managing a family business is no doubt stressful but at times it can be worth the effort that you are putting forth. Sharing the profits and happiness between the members of your own family can give you a tremendous high and also boost your morale to strive and conquer further in order to be at the helm.

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How to Manage a Family Business

Managing a family business is no doubt stressful but at times it can be worth the effort that you are putting forth. Entrepreneurship and family business require great effort to stand tall as a successful entity.
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