11 Ways to Keep the Family Business On Track


Mixing family and business can be hazardous.

portrait of Matt Rampe
Matt Rampe

By Matt Rampe
Rampe Consulting

Thinking of going into business with a family member? Or maybe you already made the plunge? That’s what I did recently after many years happily employed by non-family members.

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For years I have assisted family-owned businesses as a professional service provider, and I’ve seen up close the many ways in which families can become dysfunctional around money and business. Somehow that still didn’t stop me from recently joining my wife, Kristen Rampe, in our business, Rampe Consulting, where we help small and midsized accounting firms with practice management and leadership development.