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Hiring Your Mom or Dad

Keeping mom or dad busy in their retirement years may be a noble reason to hire them, but be sure you know what you're getting into first.

This story appears in the March 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Jay Oxenhorn's most faithful employee is also probably the least likely of his 10 employees to work long hours during the Philadelphia product manufacturer and distributor's seasonal busy times. But the 49-year-old co-founder of Hot Headz of America Inc.doesn't mind.

"She's my mom," Oxenhorn says. "She's in her 70s and basically needed to get away from my dad all day, and the income helps her. So she's my order-entry and retail order-taking person on the phone."

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