Business Lessons From Entrepreneurial Families

Updated on January 31, 2020
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Entrepreneurship is a challenging undertaking, but adding your family into the mix provides a whole new dynamic. When entrepreneurship runs in your family, it’s inevitable that unique challenges will arise as you spend time building a business with the people that are closest to you.

If you work with your family, it can be especially hard to separate your work life and your home life. The pressure to hire and promote family members, high turnover of non-family employees, and balancing the best interests of both your business and those that you love most makes running and working in a family business uniquely challenging.

While there is no roadmap to success for family businesses, looking to the accomplishments of famous entrepreneurial families can provide inspiration. The lessons these families learned along the way provide insight into what it takes to run a successful family company across generations or breed a family full of entrepreneurs.

Check out this infographic on business lessons from entrepreneurial families:

Sources: NY Times | Business Insider | NFIB | Awaken the Greatness Within | Inc | Entrepreneur | Fit Small Business | Gallup |

Vice President and Founding Editor at Fundera

Meredith Wood

Meredith Wood is the founding editor of the Fundera Ledger and a vice president at Fundera. She launched the Fundera Ledger in 2014 and has specialized in financial advice for small business owners for almost a decade. Meredith is frequently sought out for her expertise in small business lending. She is a monthly columnist for AllBusiness, and her advice has appeared in the SBA, SCORE, Yahoo, Amex OPEN Forum, Fox Business, American Banker, Small Business Trends, MyCorporation, Small Biz Daily, StartupNation, and more. Email:
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