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These 5 common mistakes could doom your family business

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Family businesses are vulnerable to special weaknesses that can sink the entire enterprise. Those that fail typically run into these common mistakes.

1. Guaranteed family jobs: Some owners place family members in leadership positions, even if they aren’t qualified.

2. Appointing only family to the board: Such familiarity among decision makers can, unfortunately, let personal issues seep in.

3. Making nonfamily employees feel like outsiders: Unrelated employees often feel left out, even if it’s unintentional.

4. Overreliance on family leaders: Lack of succession planning can lead to issues when leaders step down.

5. Skipping formality: Relaxed rules cause messy outcomes.

Patricia Farrell, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, PEF@MUSLAW.COM

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