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Should I quit my job and take over the family business?
12-20-2001, 07:01 PM
will it make u happy?
whats ur current job... and what is the family business?
12-20-2001, 07:08 PM
seriously, it's an important question -- do you like your job? do you like the family business?
if you take over the family business, would you be doing so just because you felt it was you duty, or because it's something you really want to do? do you feel like you have a personality that would allow you to be successful running your own business? (i know if i were running my own business, i'd probably just sit around surfing the internet all day :D )
another thing to consider is that it is quite likely that you will be running the business for life if you take it over. i don't know how your parents feel, but many parents who start a business and pass it on to a child (or children) would be upset if the child then sold it off in a few years. so you have to figure out if you want to be doing the same job for the rest of your life, even if it is something you enjoy. also, if the business then failed after you took over, they might hold it against you, feeling that you squandered all their hard work.
another factor: how running a business will affect your personal life. i don't know anything about your family's business, but from the small business owners who i've known, i know that running your own business can be an all-consuming job that stretches far beyond the 8-5, monday-friday job description. you have to decide if this is something you want. also, if you have or intend to have a significant other, consider the fact that they may like or not like the self-employed lifestyle.
finally, is your income potential important to you? if so, how does running the family business compare to your current job and/or your current career opportunities? will you be able to make enough money to satisfy your wants/needs?
i wouldn't be surprised if you've already thought about a lot of these things, but without knowing anything else about the business, this is about as specific as i can get in answering your question.
whatever you decide, good luck :)
12-20-2001, 09:20 PM
Come on, you can't ask a question like that without a lot more info. What are you doing now? What are your career goals? What is the family business? Is it a sole proprietorship?
12-20-2001, 09:25 PM
haha, depends on how much you want to work... I'd say do both!!!
Seriously, though, that is what secretaries are for!
12-20-2001, 09:27 PM
id probably take over the family business. It would probably be more of a challenge for you and probably more enjoyable. Youd be your own boss and get to do things your way.
12-20-2001, 09:51 PM
give us more info and we'll make any decision for your life that you want us to make. hell, make it a poll if you want. it's be fun! :P ;)
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