We turn to our friends and family for help all the time, so it should come as no surprise when they look to us for help with the things we do best. Build websites? You are now IT for your extended family. Are you a hand-letterer? Here are 300 wedding invitations to address. What might be a perfect personality match may not quite translate to an easy business transaction. Small favors have a tendency to balloon into something more. Unpaid favors are pushed further and further down the priority list. Feelings may get hurt.
It’s tricky to navigate working with friends and family, so many of us try to avoid it entirely. But there’s no reason you can’t do something great with someone that you love as long as you take care to respect each other, communicate ideas without making assumptions and enter into a balanced agreement from the start. With the holidays coming, these casual “hey, what if…” conversations become harder to escape. Prepare yourself before you sit down to dinner (maybe share this post on Facebook as a warning???) and maybe you’ll make it to dessert alive. –Adam J. Kurtz
Adam J. Kurtz is a Brooklyn-based artist and author of several books including the international-bestselling 1 Page at a Time journal. His dark (but optimistic) humor comes to life in an offbeat line of gifts and small trinkets. Follow @ADAMJK for more.