Over the last few years, your friends and especially family have watched you work the necessary long hours, including nights, weekends, and even holidays to ensure the business you started continues in its success. As they see your business grow, some of those same friends and relatives will begin to offer their assistance as an employee, contractor or even partner. Likewise, you may start to look at those close to you as possible assets and even heirs to your company. The classic proverb states, “Blood is thicker than water,” and sometimes it is also a smarter job hire. Unfortunately, sometimes it is not.