BEST/WORST THINGS ABOUT WORKING IN A FAMILY BUSINESS
I work at a family-owned specialty retail shop. We sell horse equipment including saddles, bridles & horseshoes. The store sits on property between my Parent's house & my Aunt and Uncle's house. We are one big, happy 44 acres.
- •I get to see my family everyday.I generally like my parents, and my Aunt (technically my boss) is one of my favorite people on the planet.
- •I have to see my family everyday.Sometimes I just don't want to see their faces.
- •There are lots of financial perksThe store pays for my phone, health insurance, and internet, and my Aunt loaned me the down payment when I bought a house. This is a big bonus.
- •What's a weekend?I actually work every day. This is a real thing.
- •The customer is not always right.This is specialty retail and we have a level of expertise. Working with horses can be dangerous, especially if you don't know what you are doing, so my boss is generally okay with me telling a customer that I'm not comfortable selling them a product that I don't believe will be used properly on their horse.
- •Being called 'Young Lady'The business was started by my grandfather 6 years before I was born, so I actually grew up in it. There are customers from the early days that still come in and ask me how school is going and I have to tell them that I graduated 12 years ago, from college. It's a very weird experience to still be asked these questions at 39.