Ranch Reflections are articles written by students who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for students to branch out beyond traditional news stories.  This edition features senior Lauren Wood’s experiences working in a family business.

Lauren Wood – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – For some Mustangs, leaving work at the end of a long, stressful day is the last time they think about their job until they clock in for their next shift. For other Mustangs, however, work never seems to leave them alone and intermingles with their family and home life.

Instead of going to the movies like my other friends, I have often been behind the register or making food on the line for hungry customers.  I received a few odd looks sometimes, but I grew up with an apron tied around my waist and worked my way to success.

Working for the family business can be broken up into two different sides. There are the positives, like being able to work with people you are close to, and then there are the negatives, like spending too much time with those same people.

But first, working for your parents has a lot of pros. The job itself is more relaxed, impressing the boss isn’t a major priority, and it’s very easy to make friends knowing that they won’t treat you poorly. It’s also easy to get other friends hired, which makes work enjoyable in the end.

However, for every positive there is a negative. Knowing that this job will quite literally take over your entire life, boundaries between work and home can soon be blurred. You may not feel like you’re being taken as seriously as others, and your opinion is often overlooked. This can cause great stress and strained relationships between family members.

Overall, working for the family business has its rewards, despite having to be called in on my only day off. Though I missed out on a lot of my childhood, I have gained a great sense of maturity and responsibility, which has ultimately prepared me for my graduation in May.

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