You may be thinking about hiring your spouse or other family member to work for your business, and that can be a great idea. However, you should know that there are a lot of landmines. Most importantly, is this person suited for the job?
Family members may not have a knack for photographing your items, or packing and shipping, or maybe they don’t feel fulfilled. Suggest a 30- to 90-day trial period, just in case. And be sure to set a hierarchy. Someone needs to be in charge of final decisions.
It can be rewarding to run a family business, or it can be a big old waste of time — or worse — trying to get out of it. Tread carefully.
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Winning the SHINE Award for Family Business! Our guest is William Wolstenholme, owner of Rhode Island Internet Consignment Sales, known on eBay as Top Rated Seller wwolst12.
Our guests for eBay Radio Show #657 on October 4, 2016, are:
I know times have changed, but we have coddled our children for too long. Teenagers who have never earned one single penny doing work outside the home are graduating from high school this month.
Some families teach their kids the benefits of finding a job, keeping said job and generally being responsible citizens, and that’s good. We need workers, and I hope there will always be people who will do much-needed trade jobs and the like.
But online sellers have a unique opportunity to be role models for entrepreneurialism. When is a youngster old enough to start learning? I’d say 2 years old. That’s old enough to bring mom or dad the packing tape from the table, or take non-breakable stuff out of a box from Goodwill or Savers — whatever it takes.
Remember, back in the day, as soon as kids were strong enough to carry water from the well, they had a responsibility in the family. Teach your kids the joys and independence that come with being a business owner, and you will give them myriad alternatives.
When couples work together, it’s either feast or famine in the compatibility department. This week, John and I will celebrate (along with family and friends) our 40th wedding anniversary.
On and off during those 40 years, we have worked together on certain projects; and for the past 20 years, we have been by each other’s side day and night, working on our studio projects.
It hasn’t always been easy in the work department — we still bicker with each other from time to time — but all in all, we make it. If I had to pick 3 traits of our success, it would be these:
First, we have the same vision for our present — and for our future. We’re always working toward a goal (a new car, retirement, etc.), and that’s what keeps us on the same page.
Second, we try whenever possible to share duties based on individual strengths.
Third, we have a good time together.
I wish the same for you.
When business is all in the family! Our guest is Rich Siok, known on eBay as Top Rated Seller appealingsigns and organizer of the Chicagoland Area eBay & Ecommerce Sellers Group.