I'm sorry I am very passionate about this subject. I believe your business needs to be separate from friends and family. Especially when you are first trying build up your business.
I know what some of you will say, if you believe in your products or services why not get your friends or family involved.
Here is why you do not mix business and family.
1. You should being doing a business for profit. Is it right to make a profit from your friends or family?
2. Your beliefs in your business our yours. Your friends or family members may agree to buy into a part of your business just because of your relationship, only to find out later it was never something they wanted.
3. Now the real big one. If your business takes a nose dive for what ever reason your friends and family may never forgive you. Is it worth losing a relationship over?
These are just a few reasons I just wanted to throw out there. I would love to hear from both sides.