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What's the hidden cost of hiring relatives as suppliers or advisors? Family feuds.

This story appears in the May 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Your uncle's family has a real estate business, and you've got a family business that needs to expand its quarters. Should you hire the relatives to be your brokers?

You and your cousin start a business together. Because capital is at a premium, you use your father, an accountant, to do your books; your aunt, a public relations specialist, for marketing advice; and your sister, a Wharton grad, to help you create a business plan. What could be better than intelligent and loving help that's freely given?

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