Hello Watergal, I have worked with family members in the past. I do not recommemd it. Business and family do not mix. Jealousy and drama always come up. Then you start speaking with other family members about it and before long you have this big mess. My father owned a mortgage company. I worked for him and my step mother as did my wife. Basically there are two ways it could go - because you`re family, you can slack off and not work very hard, or you`re expected to work your tail off for free, because you are family. I would think twice about hiring a family member. Best wishes.....
The thing with family coming into a business that you have already started is that they usually take on an attitude of ownership through association. My personal experience is that they have a tendancy of taking on a superiority role with you, any employees that you have, and clients. If they are an employee under you, they have a tendancy to take an attitude that they are more of a partner than an employee. Causes problems when you want them to do something that they don`t want to.
Totally different animal is you do actually bring them in as a partner, but that too can open up a can of worms if you are not careful.
Really looking forward to seeing Rich and Jeff`s take on this.