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Advice for the Entrepreneur: Lee’s Tip #242

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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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