Money is difficult enough when working with strangers, let alone when working with one’s own family. Money is one thing that is tried and tested to tear a family apart; it is truly an evil creation, but it is one that is necessary to create a financially healthy and happy family life. Working with family comes with its benefits when it comes to an income, as the old phrase “all in the family” applies to the situation. There are several ways to properly manage money when working with family.
Half and Half
The “half and half” method is the easiest to apply when working with family, and it applies to all areas. The time that is invested into the project at hand should be equally divided between those involved, the money that it costs to fund the project should be divided between those involved and the profits from it should also be divided between those involved. If everyone puts the effort in and everyone gets their half of the profit, there should be no issues whatsoever. This is arguably the best method of management when it comes to money involved with working with family.
Job by Job
When working with family, it is very common to have specific jobs suited to specific members of the family. Properly planning and strategizing the task at hand can be a flawless way of managing money. Make a day-by-day plan for any project or job with a price next to it, based on the hours that are put into it and the quality of the final project. This means the leader of the project can plan anything, and they are simply employing members of their own family to enjoy a cut of the profits based on the work they put into it.
A Single Account
If every member of the family regularly inputs on the project, whether the overall management and maintenance of it as well as the jobs and tasks involved in running the project smoothly, then there are situations where a single account can be the best way to manage money in a family. If the overall leader of the project is running a business with their romantic partner, children or others in their household, then one account for the overall business or project can be a great way to keep track of the expenditures and profits alike. It also gives everyone access to the money and the bank statements as and when they please.
Like anything where money is involved, working with family can be trivial, especially when it comes to the management of expenditures and profits. Proper planning and strategy in regards to the way money is managed when working with family, however, can be very beneficial. Manage money in various ways that suit the business or project that an individual is running. Half and half can apply in some cases whereas job by job can apply if the family member involved completes work sparingly based on their experience, or even work all of the funds into a single account to give the entire family access to them. Working with family can be exciting and incredibly rewarding and satisfying; manage money properly to make the most of it.