Business owner tired of relatives treating her like an ATM

Dear Heloise: About 14 years ago I started my own business, and hard work, common sense and a little luck helped me grow and thrive. I’ve managed to diversify my investments and have a comfortable living.

For reasons I can’t explain, my family seems to think I’m wealthy (I’m not), that I should hire only relatives (which I won’t) and lend money to every one of my relatives who have some business in mind (which I won’t do). I don’t drive an expensive car, but I drive a nice car. I live within my means, but because I own a business the family thinks I MUST be rich.

I’ve got an older brother whose son wants me to pay his college tuition. I said, “no.” I worked my way through college, so can he. Now my younger brother wants me to give him $16,000 so he and his girlfriend can have a destination wedding. I said, “no.”

I regularly give to my favorite charities and to my church. One Sunday a month I work at a soup kitchen, and I give my mother extra money every month. The rest of my family looks at me as though I’m an ATM. When will people learn that having a business doesn’t necessarily mean you’re rich? It just means you work hard. You work even harder during lean times, and you might give up a vacation because you need to plow money back into your company. At the start you make do or do without, but any business owner will tell you that with a plan and a goal, you have a fair chance of making a decent living, but not necessarily an extravagant living. — Reader in Upstate New York





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