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Firing Family From A Home Internet Business

Aug 17, 2007
Starting a home Internet business alone usually involves long hours and late nights because initially you may have limited funding for hiring staff members to assist you in the development of the business. While you are building a home based business you may give in to the temptation to use family members as a cheap alternative to paid employees.

This may or may not work out well for a number of obvious reasons and sometimes results in bitter disputes and ugly confrontations. If the family member you have hired to help you in building a home Internet business turns out to not have the necessary skills, experience, interest, dedication or perhaps even ethics, to work for you, what do you do then? How on earth do you fire a family member?

The main thing to remember is that no matter what the reason is for your decision to dismiss a family member, that it very seldom goes anything but badly. Occasionally these types of situations can result in court proceedings with one family member suing another. We read about such goings on in corporations almost on a daily basis and this is something you want to avoid at all costs.

You need to focus on building a home Internet business and not on getting litigious with your brother, mom, aunt, uncle or cousin. This unnecessary distraction from your business planning can make you lose focus and disrupt your daily routine. To deal with this awkward situation correctly means not only keeping the family peace but also keeping your home Internet business on the right track.

A basic principle of hiring any family member to help you in building a home Internet business is that they know right from the start that they will be held to a higher standard than any other employee. Why? Because they are family that unique relationship should bring with it a more personal sense of dedication and commitment to your business success.

Another important aspect, should you have to fire a family member, is to do it clearly and efficiently and do not prolong the situation. Be as diplomatic as possible and avoid a long drawn out confrontation that could do irreparable damage to family relationships.

It is important to maintain a professional attitude and deal with the situation as you would with any employee. Make sure that the fired family member is clear about the details of the dismissal, and draft a clear and consistent statement that you would give to any employee in the same situation.

Building your home Internet business has to take top priority but that does not mean you have to sacrifice family relationships to do so. You can terminate a family member without ruining the good relationships you have with your family.

The best way to accomplish this is to offer at least one verbal warning followed by two written warnings, and then a documented written notice of termination. Prior to writing it up as a firing, however, you should offer the family employee the chance to resign. You might offer an attractive severance package that will help the person save face, or perhaps let her or him continue as a contractor or supplier.

Letting family members walk out your home Internet business door is about building a new bridge that will save him or her some dignity. You need to remember that this is someone who you will probably encounter regularly at family gatherings, parties weddings, funerals, etc, and it would be better if you could interact positively with that person.

What you must keep in mind though if you are committed to building a home Internet business, is that the business must come before the family relationship. After all, one of the primary points of your business is to take care of your family?

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