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So your kid is fresh out of college, looking for a job, and possibly even living at home again. You have your own business, and a position to fill. You’re naturally tempted to give your kid a job. You’d like her to start earning money right away, since life will be expensive, and you’d like to boost her confidence in the job market, since you know how disheartening it can be to send out resume after resume, never getting a response. Maybe your child even majored or minored in a subject that she could apply to the job you’re offering. You’ve missed your kid, too, so it would be nice to have her around the office. There are plenty of reasons employing your child can be appealing, but there are also some inherent pitfalls of this setup. The dynamic between a parent and child is just not reminiscent of any real boss/employee relationship your kid would otherwise encounter. Should you give your kid a job out of college? Here’s what to consider.


She’ll see you in business mode

Your kid will see you in business mode, which may be a bit of a shock for her. At the office, you’re sterner, straight to business, and speak to employees, clients, and partners with a no-nonsense tone that you may not want your kid to see.

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