If you are considering joining the family business, do you feel that gaining experience working for another business would help or hinder you. 

If your children are keen to join the business, do you think they and / or you would benefit from this experience?

This article explores the potential benefits and drawbacks. 

In our experience, we have seen successful businesses where the next generation have sought experience elsewhere, but also those that haven't so there doesn't seem to be a 'right' way. 

Perhaps useful rather than essential