• Dave Roby

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Family Owned Business


Every business has its advantages and disadvantages. All businesses, small or larger, have their pros and cons. However, family businesses come with their own unique set of advantages and disadvantages that are not seen in other businesses.

Advantages Following are the various advantages of a family-owned business:

Common Values When a family is involved in business, all members are likely to share the same ethos and beliefs on the way things should be operated. It makes the journey of running a business much smoother and helps your business attain a distinctive edge over other businesses.

Commitment A family business means family members employed in it will have the motivation to work extra hours and put in more effort to help the business gain success. It means the business has employees that are strongly committed to it.

Loyalty Family members have a personal bond, which means they will stick together if the business faces a crisis and is going through a hard time. It ensures the family members will work in harmony to overcome any problems.

Stability When you start a family business, you want it to stay within the family in the future generations. It encourages long-term planning for growth and success and leads to stability.

Disadvantages Let’s talk about some disadvantages of owning a family business: Not Skilled or Experienced Enough Family businesses tend to employ members that are not experienced enough or have the relevant skills. It can lead to a stressful environment and negatively impact the operations of the business.

Favoritism Many family businesses promote their non-deserving family members to prestigious posts, even when the non-relative employees are more deserving. It is favoritism and can make the other employees demotivated to do better. Ensure you promote people based on their work ethic and performance, not because of their familial role.

Family Conflicts Conflicts are a part of businesses. However, conflicts in a family business can become personal and create resentment within the family, which leads to a lot of dysfunction in the business.

Conclusion Just like any other business, there are advantages and disadvantages of family-owned businesses. However, you must know how to overcome those disadvantages. To help you understand the dynamics of a family business better, and run your business more efficiently, contact me now for professional advice.

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