Running a family business – avoiding common issues

Whilst there are plenty of benefits to working with your relatives, it also brings a unique set of challenges. Peter Armer of The Family Business Network partner, RfM Accountants offers some key advice to overcoming common problems when running a family business:

Talk business

When you have more than work in common, it’s easy to focus on personal matters and avoid important business discussions. Set  regular time and place to meet to discuss your business’ aims, strategy, financial position and other matters relevant to your success. Set boundaries for when and where you talk business; in the workplace and within working hours is always best.

Take notes

Keep a record of what is discussed and agreed to avoid future disagreements over what was said.

Develop your team

As well as passing on the know-how you’ve gained over the years, invest in training and professional development for your staff. You will have a more effective team and they will feel more loyalty to an employer who has invested in their future.

Listen to the younger generation

Does your family business cross more than one generation? Chances are the older, more experienced family members have more of a say in how the business is run. Give younger family members a say and you will be rewarded with fresh ideas and insights. For example, they know first-hand the value of embracing digital channels for marketing, having a website and connecting to new audiences with social media.

Think about the future, now

If you want to see your business survive after you are no longer involved, make sure you have a succession plan in place.

Supporting Cumbria’s family business network

Running a family business can feel very isolating. There are always decisions to be made which will impact both the success of the business and the lives of family members. The team at RfM understand the need to be available to answer questions and give expert advice as and when issues arise.

Their commitment to going the extra mile led them to develop a suite of additional services, including legal services and strategic business consulting. They are delighted to further support the thriving business sector through their partnership with us here at The Family Business Network – Cumbria.

To find out how RfM can help your family business, contact one of their offices or fill out their contact form

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