So you are thinking about making a family member or girlfriend/boyfriend your manager, are you really prepared for what that means? Lesson number 10 from my new ebook KISS School of Marketing: 11 Lessons I Learned While Working With KISS (download a free copy) is Separate Business and Pleasure. This means just because someone is family you shouldn’t do business with them. They may not be the best thing for your business. Remember your music is a business and you need to respect that.
Here are some questions you should ask yourself now before you bring them on as your manager.
- Can you separate business and family? You will have to, you can’t let them mix.
- Can you be brutally honest? Can you tell them they messed up something?
- Can you fire them? Yeah, fire them and still keep the personal relationship afterwards?
- Can you hold them accountable for their actions?
Nothing wrong with them helping with your career, but things will change once it becomes business and you have to remember you are the boss.