Succeeding In Family Business: Tips To Remember

It may be hard to work and live with the same people. Your family members are usually the closest people to you in life. When you work with them, it often becomes hard to determine where to draw the lines. It is sometimes difficult to separate work from personal life and even more difficult when your personal life is involved with your work.

The most important thing to do would be to set boundaries. Keep work talk at work and home life at home. If you mix the two, it can often create animosity both in the home and in the office. If you’re going to have to discuss business matters, at least save it for an appropriate time. A time should be set aside for specifically discussing business matters, (and not during dinner). Having meetings to discuss business issues is very important, but the setting does matter.

If your children will be joining a business that you have developed previously, it is important that they have experience working outside the family business first. This way, they will know what to expect from a professional (and non-related) work atmosphere. It’s also important not to hire children, or any other family members for that matter, out of sympathy. Although you may be “doing them a favor,” you still want to be sure they have the skill and experience to fulfill their role in the business. It would be even worse if you had to fire a family member due to lack of skill, wouldn’t it?

Make sure that responsibilities and duties are clearly assigned to each employee in order to avoid overlap. Each person should have certain tasks they are responsible for so that, at the end of the day, no one can play the blame game. Clearly identify leaders as well as particular strengths and weaknesses of all employees. While various family members may be qualified for similar tasks, divvying up the duties should help to avoid conflicts. Big decisions should, of course, be made together. However, a debate over each little move made will begin to break apart the family.

Family businesses can be extremely successful if you operate them correctly. For example, Matt Siegal helped his father, Sanford, to expand his cookie business (Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet) into a retail operation. “I’m an eternal optimist; I think every new idea will work out great,” says Matt. “Dad’s more of a pessimist, or a realist, as he calls himself.”

When Matt saw great potential for his father’s small business to grow significantly by adding a retail division, he became immediately enthusiastic about the idea. “‘Of course, Dad had to weigh the options carefully and consider any possible pitfalls,’ says Matt, knowing his father would take the more cautious approach. In the end, after some due diligence, the elder Siegal agreed. Matt sold his software company, joined his parents in the cookie business, and the company took off.” The cookies are now being sold at Walgreen’s and GNC as well as through their website.

Family businesses can be a great idea and generate great profit. As long as everyone feels that they are contributing and being treated equally and with respect, things should run smoothly. A successful family business creates a happy family!

Chocolate Chip Cookie: America’s Favorite Cookie?

One of the things that the cookie business has taught me is that people are passionate about their Chocolate Chip Cookies in all of their variations!

Discussions about what types of cookies people like, Peanut Butter, Snickerdoodle, and Oatmeal Raisin are fine but when we talk about these cookies the discussions never get as heated as they do when we discuss the Chocolate Chip Cookie.

American original, this cookie was invented by the proprietor of the Toll House Inn of Whitman Massachusetts in the 1930’s, Ruth Wakefield created this menu item as a way to satisfy the sweet tooth of her guests. Years later she would publish a cookbook Toll House Tried and True Recipes that included her recipe for Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cook that was soon being baked by housewives all across the country.

The debate rages over which is better, thick or thin, chewy or crisp, big or little, everyone has their personal preference. I prefer a chewy one but with crisp outer edges, the best of both worlds if you ask me. But whether you like them crunchy or soft there is sure to be a cookie that has the perfect texture for you.

Not Just Chips

The chocolate chip cookie has been transformed into more types of products than any other cookie. It may have started with only chocolate, but today variations include white chocolate morsels, Reese’s Pieces, M&M’s, walnuts are often added to the dough to give them a bit of crunch, or maybe Macadamia nuts. Chocolate and Peanut Butter is a classic combination so why not Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Don’t like a cookie, turn them into a bar and lets call the Chocolate Morsel Bar Cookies baked in a brownie pan!

How about a GIANT cookie? There is such a thing as a 12 inch diameter, 27 ounce monster cookie that would feed an entire children’s birthday party, or one really, really hungry cookie monster.

A flavor that we get asked to make a lot is Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, and we have a customer that LOVES his Oatmeal Walnut Chocolate Chip cookies.

What started in a little country Inn has grown into something remarkable and while there are many variations of this American classic one thing is for sure…we love our Chocolate Chip Cookies in all of their forms. What is your favorite?

Find recipes for Chocolate Chip Cookies and more at our website.

Make Extra Money With Personalized Cookies

Just think about it; cookies are used for all kinds of celebrations and announcements. They are made for holidays and parties, and even just times when we need a little pick me up. So it should not be a surprise to anyone to find out that the cookie business is a big one. So in those times that you may be looking to make a little extra income now and then, you might want to get into this very lucrative business for yourself.

While you could start off offering a few different kinds of cookies and maybe even some brownies, you could focus on one specific type of cookie to find your niche. One great idea is to make and sell personalized sugar cookies. They are great for any kind of party or announcement. Just think how cute personalized cookies would be at a baby shower! The ingredients for personalized cookies aren’t that expensive either. A basic recipe only calls for butter, sugar, eggs and flour, and the icing is just powdered sugar, milk and coloring. Even one simple batch of sugar cookie dough will make several dozen cookies that can be decorated and personalized all in a matter of hours. While most cookies can be sold for around five dollars for each dozen, personalized cookies can cost double that or even more!

You could even start your own web site where you can sell your personalized cookies, and can be shipping them all over the world in no time at all. The more cookies you can sell, the more materials that you can buy for even more cookies!