A Survival Guide on Working for a Family Owned Company
by Jim Bender
Today, family owned businesses in the United States employ 63% of the total workforce, which equates to roughly 98,000,000 people. These 5.5 million family owned companies also generate 78% of all new jobs. The bottom line is this — family owned companies are an integral part of our economy and employees need to be better informed about their role and their future.
Inside this guide to life-long career satisfaction while working for a family owned business, you will learn how to:
Prepare for the interview and be the standout candidate
Research a potential employer’s external reputation and internal culture
Avoid going to work for an employer with no sustainable viability
Choose company ownership that fits your personality and work ethic
Make a positive impact during your first week and month on the new job
Plan and prepare for being a successful participant in meetings
Act as the face of your employer when on business trips
Beware the wolves in sheep’s clothing — some of your peers
Manage your way to earning a promotion
Manage effectively without compromising your personal life
Bottom Line Solutions LLC is led and managed by Jim Bender, a thirty+ year veteran with an abundance of executive level experience.
Jim Bender has spent most of his working life as an employee of many family owned companies. He has served as an entry level and mid-level employee with several moving and storage organization, as Senior Vice President of Graebel Companies, and as President of The Bekins Company and Bekins Van Lines Company. He has also served as Vice President of Development for Hospice of Northeastern Illinois (now JourneyCare), and as an adjunct instructor for McHenry County College, where he taught Entrepreneurship and Business Planning. Currently Jim is the owner of Bottom Line Solutions, a consulting company focused on being a confidential resource to business owners, and a co-owner of Marry Me Floral, a company dedicated to delivering quality wedding flowers for brides-to-be.