How do your children view your business? Does it bring them exciting opportunities or does it just compete with them for your attention? If you want your children to see your business in a more positive way, make them feel like they are a part of it. When you involve your children in your business, they see it as something that you work on together instead of something that takes you away from them. Here are some ways to get your children on board:
When you get your children involved in your business, you never know what might happen.
Find tasks they can do. There is always a way for your children to pitch in. Use your creativity to identify tasks that are appropriate for their ages and interests. For example, while your three-year-old helps you sort files, your teenager can assist you with your social media presence. Giving your children a specific job in your business provides them with a sense of pride and makes them feel like they are part of the team.
Ask for their opinion. As a business owner, you are constantly faced with decisions: Should I use a blue cover or a red cover? Should I take the client to a café or a restaurant? Should I hold the event outside or inside? The next time you are struggling with a decision, ask your children for their input. They will be thrilled that you value their opinion and you might be surprised by their insight.
Introduce them to your business associates. Whenever you feel that it’s appropriate, let your children meet the people that are involved in your business. Meeting your colleagues will make them feel more included and show them that they are an important part of your life.
Allow them to represent your business. There are people in your children’s network that would otherwise be difficult for you to access. When you find opportunities for your children to represent your business in the community, you allow them to contribute in a way that nobody else can.
When you get your children involved in your business, you never know what might happen. You may find them to be an asset and wonder how you ever survived without their help. You might even awaken an entrepreneurial spirit within them and set them on the path to starting their own business. Regardless of how it works out, the time that you spend together is worth the effort.