Small Biz is Often All in the Family

by Jul 7, 2009Strategy | Entrepreneurship

This week we made a new change at Roundpeg, as my daughter, Michelle, joined our team.   A recent grad, she has worked at TechPoint for several years and has local industry contacts to match her mother’s.  She has good skills, my employees like her,  and many of my clients have known her for years, so it seems like the perfect fit – right?

The question is  – can we work together.  Can I stop being her mom, and be her boss? Can I judge her performance the way I would any other new employee, or will I let the 25 year relationship we have get in the way. At the same time, will she really take this seriously? Will she take feedback from me as her boss, and not her mom?  I don’t know the answer to any of these questions, but I would love to hear from other small business owners who have done this successfully or unsuccessfully.  I would really like to make it work.