Do you run a family business? Running a successful family business can be a bit of a challenge. See these family business quotes to learn how to better run your family business.
Every business has its challenges, so does a family business.
A family business is a unique kind of business.
Hence, it ought to be handled with uttermost care.
Furthermore, if you fail to manage a family business properly it could destroy the business as well as the family relationship.
Hence, for you to ensure the success of your family business, it has to be based on certain principles, ethics or values.
These ethics or values will be what determines how the family business operates.
It will also determine how members of the family business conduct themselves.
More so, it will be what sets the standards of your family business.
Furthermore, being a key decision-maker in the family business comes with a huge responsibility.
You have the responsibility to manage the business, manage your family members/employees and ensure the business makes profits.
Given these responsibilities, you’ll need a lot of inspiration/motivation to help you carry out your responsibilities effectively.
These family business quotes will inspire you with ideas on how to best manage your family business.
Also, they’ll serve as a source of motivation to you when the pressure of the family business starts to choke you up.
So, read on to get all the inspiration you need for your family business.
60 Family Business Quotes
1A lot of family members worked in the joint commodities family business. It was a classic case of capitalism at work and socialism at home. – Uday Kotak
2All my kids have worked in the family business. I’ve been successful at that. My family knows how to work. We all started working very young. – Alex Spanos
3Behind the success of every small business, there is a family. – Unknown
4Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. – Henry Ford
5Family businesses are stronger because of the complementary skills of the members. – Bernard Kliska
6Growing up in a very big family, working together and playing together, that is something that has been part of my life since ever I was born. It has advantages and disadvantages. It’s like an older style of living where everyone works in the family business. – Margherita Missoni
7Growing up in eastern Turkey, I was not really involved with the family business – sheep and cow farming, yogurt and cheese making. But I think I learned from my father the unspoken business language or instincts that go back thousands of years. – Hamdi Ulukaya
8Gymnastics, especially in my family, is more than a sport. It’s our life, it’s our careers, it’s our family business. – Nastia Liukin
9I always saw myself working for the family business. – Stephanie McMahon
10I believe that the tradition that follows a family through eight generations is extremely powerful, quite tangible and very relevant. The secret is to not let your tradition unreasonably burden you. – John Lyman III
11I come from a family of professional dog-showers, one step above carnies, but I didn’t want to join the family business. – Rebel Wilson
12I could have been born into any family. I was fortunate that I was born to an artist as extraordinary as Picasso, and Picasso turned out to be the family business. – Claude Picasso
13I grew up in a family business, that really has provided the core of my belief in American small business, and in America’s ability to grow and operate important businesses that can compete and be successful. – Karen Mills
14I had the human rights life, and I had the family business life. – Sanjay Rawal
15I hadn’t planned to go into the family business. I was at an age where I wanted to go save the world. But at that point, I realized I had an opportunity to help my family rather than chase after a bunch of idealistic dreams. I made that commitment and I haven’t looked back. – Clark Kepler
16I never intended to go into the family business. I’ve always been drawn to wanting to do something else at some time in my life. – Christie Hefner
17I run the family business now, but at one time, we all worked for the company. Growing up, we thought it was normal for there to be typewriters and adding machines on the dining room table. We just grew up with it. – Mark Magie
18I think I know I’ve been working very hard for the family business, sometimes those days are long days and I think if I know I’m working hard and pulling my weight, both working and playing hard at the same time, I think everyone who I work with can see I am there pulling my weight. – Kate Middleton
19I went into the family business. To me, it was the norm and not the exception. – Tyne Daly
20I worked in the family business, which was my father’s shoe making company that he had inherited from his father, and that led me to become interested in what could be achieved by a great Italian brand. That became my ambition as a young man. – Diego Della Valle
21In a family business, family cohesion is the most important indicator of success. – Ana Maria Matallana Boggio
22In a family business, you grow up with close contact to the business, whatever it is, and the beer business is certainly a very social type of business. – Carlos Alvarez
23In our family business, the Edelman children must earn their way – there were and will be no promises without performance and leadership. That may lead to some skinned knees, but it is certainly the best way to learn life lessons. – Richard Edelman
24It is halfway true that if you are involved in a family coffeehouse you don’t have a life. – Robin McKinley
25It’s hard to have a hereditary system that produces the competencies required to meet the demands of the public and the organization. – J. Mark Baiada
26It’s something that’s really fun to do. It’s a family business. – Ron White
27It’s the downside of a family business, anything good is because I’m somebody’s son, otherwise I’m a schmuck. – Edgar Bronfman Jr.
28My eighth district, like others, counts on these family businesses and their teams working hard to support their families and aid their communities. As retailers, these teams often bring different or unique products to the marketplace. – Melissa Bean
29My father and grandfather were businessmen. The family business was Adelphi Paints in New Jersey. When the first energy crisis came in the early 1970s, the business suffered. – David Einhorn
30My father has always been a great source of inspiration. On my first day of work when I returned to the family business, he placed a note on my desk that still serves as a source of inspiration. – Patricia Ghany
31My kids – even though it’s a family business – they don’t even know what day or time ‘Survivor’ is even on. They just know it’s on TiVo. – Mark Burnett
32My own aunt was Merle Oberon, so movie stardom was not a faraway mystery to me as a child: it was part of the family business. – Michael Korda
33Never put business before family. – Walt Disney
34Nothing was planned in my career. I just went with the flow and took everything that came to me. Selling potato chips was obvious, as it was a family business. When friends suggested I should try theatre, I gave it a shot. Then I did a lot of advertisements, and then movies happened. – Boman Irani
35People who build family businesses are not classically trained. They have to deal with an enormous amount of politics. You think corporate politics are tough? Go work for your dad or mom. – Gary Vaynerchuk
36Sometimes film is just the family business. Some families are generations of carpenters or farmers, or they make clothes, or they’re all lawyers. I’m in the family business. – Danny Huston
37Sometimes it feels like today, we are all just thinking of numbers and spreadsheets. At times, we forget that instinct is just as important. – Alberto Pirelli
38Starting a business with brother either ends business or ends brotherhood. – Amit Kalantri
39The death tax robs parents of the opportunity to pass something along to their children and it is responsible for destroying a lot of family owned-businesses. – Mac Thornberry
40The family serves the business. Neither will do well if the business is run to serve the family. – Peter Drucker
41The Hispanic community values entrepreneurship and family-owned businesses and we deserve a leader in Washington who is dedicated in creating an environment where our values, our goals, and our dreams of prosperity become reality. – Mario Diaz Balart
42The most successful executives are often men who have built their own companies, ironically their very success frequently brings to them and members of their families personal problems of an intensity rarely encountered by professional managers. And these problems make family businesses probably the most difficult to difficult. – Harry Levinson
43The way it works in our family is, it’s the family business. Much like in the Mafia. Every child is given the opportunity to act at a young age and to learn what it’s like to be in the business. – Jordan Bridges
44Things will change and you have to be willing to let them. Let your children make their own mistakes at work, you cannot juggle for them. – Ana Priyanka Gupta Zielinski
45This is a family owned and operated business with a real dynamic team and vision. – Sherry Azzarella
46Tradition is like a bow. The more we stretch the bowstring, the farther we can throw the arrows of modernity and innovation. – Giovanni Ferrero
47Trust your intuition, follow your passion and don’t let anyone stop you. Be fearless and chase your dreams. – Doris Scheibenbogen
48We are a family owned business trying to help homeowners, by giving you a solution to your problem. Dirty windows and exteriors. – Tommy Nadeau
49We have to collect our thoughts and desires and expectations for the business and share those with one voice instead of 100 different voices. – Stacy Mello
50We know so many people who have gone into the family business even when they had no interest in it because that was the easiest choice. I feel this is a huge debate in India because it applies to every field and not just Bollywood. – Shenaz Treasury
51We need a straitjacket around Congress when it comes to spending so that they are forced to do what 49 states are required to do and what every family business and every family is required to do, and that’s live within their means. – John Cornyn
52What I have found is that, in a family business structure, sometimes what is needed is a sense of discipline rather than creativity. You have to take everyone’s ideas and make it work. When you are dealing with money, there is a limitation on how creative you can be. – Ashwin Sanghi
53When I joined the family business, our clients were mostly on the marketing side, from Morris the Nine Lives Cat to KFC’s Colonel Sanders. – Richard Edelman
54When I was 18, and when I entered my father business. I soon realised that it wasn’t as easy as I thought. I had to deal with people of my father’s generation. Building trust was key to doing business. – Binod Chaudhary
55When we took over, we made a pact that we wouldn’t argue about little things. We get along because the business is more important than who’s right and who’s wrong. – Judith Lowry
56You have family-owned businesses that have been around for over 500 years. You cannot name a corporation that survives in fact for even a few decades. – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
57You have to allow innovation even if you don’t understand it in the now. – Roland Mack
58You have to be able to compartmentalise and able to swing between being a family business to a business family depending on the situation. – Lea Boyce
59You have to come to peace with the idea that you’re going to do the same thing that your father did, and your father was pretty great at it. You also have to come to grips with the fact that he started it from scratch and you are never going to do that. It’s an internal struggle that took me 20 years to untangle. – Marc Glimcher
60You have to respect your parents. They are giving you an at-bat. If you’re an entrepreneur and go into the family business, you want to grow fast. Patience is important. But respect the other party… My dad and I pulled it off because we really respect each other. – Gary Vaynerchuk
Final Words On Family Business Quotes
Family businesses can be a great way to ensure unity and progress in a family.
It is also a great way to preserve the family culture for as long as the business stands.
However, all these will be very difficult to accomplish if the business fails.
These family business quotes are both inspirational and insightful.
So, read, reflect on and apply the lessons from these family business quotes to help you run a successful family business.
Which of these family business quotes do you see yourself applying in your family business?
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