So how many of you break the one rule that you're told when starting a small business...not to hire family?
To be honest, I started my business to hire my daughter. She was laid off about a year ago and had moved back home to re-coupe and get back on her feet. For the last year I've heard about how she's been applying places and never hearing back from them. Now me growing up with a dad that booted you out the door when you graduated HS and gave you a good luck pat on the back, I've had a hard time swallowing that she's just not getting calls back. For some reason she's had a mental block that keeping her from calling and following up on the jobs that she had applied for or wasn't asking for help. So I realized that I needed to take time to work with her one on one and help her get past her own self defenses.
Now this hasn't been easy, but I've had to re-define my relationship with my daughter several times over the years and this time hasn't been any different. Having her work for us has been a challenge and even had to have her sit out a few events due to my mis-perceptions of her not being interested in the business. I came to realize that she needed to just be given more responsibility and ownership of the job she was being paid to do. So for the past few events I've been trying to step back and let her work with guests and be responsible for the few technical issues we've had.
I've also found that with my wife or I around she's less interactive with the guests. The event this past weekend I decided to hire my nephew to come help as well. After a couple of hours my wife and I decided to step away for some dinner and let the two of them run the booth. When I said they were in charge, I got the deer in the headlight look from my daughter; however, I reassured her that I knew what she was doing and we would only be a phone call away. We came back about an hour later and all was running smoothly, there had been a steady stream of guests through the booth the entire time.
As a bonus, my daughter had actually been talking to some of the guest, one of which was the director for the clients HR department. She had given my daughter her phone number and told her to give her a call as they had some openings available.
So, what is your experience with hiring family?