Since I have been doing this so long as a self employed, my family
knows better than to ask. If it is something small..... sure. I fix
entry doors, install new locks, and small stuff like that for lunch.
But "Gary (BIL) is thinking of tearing out part of the built in
cabinets to make room for a new big screen and wanted to know if you
would give him a hand" winds up with just that.
I clap for him, applaud his energy, and wish him the best.
If I am doing the job, I am charging for the work.
When I am asked if they get the "family discount", I tell them I will
be glad to do the job for discounted money as long as they understand
it will be "discounted" work.
We are all long past that. Does my sister give up part of her
insurance commission when she writes a policy for family? No. So why
should I give up my hard earned scratch to her?
On occasion they have thought me too high; after a good screwing a few
times by my brethren in this business, they are tired of paying me to
fix repairs or installations that were poorly executed. I have found
that after they have had their rear ends drilled pretty good a few
times, they are much more amenable to paying to get it done right,
regardless of who does it.
And ask yourself this question; will they take less than a
professional job from you, or will they expect even more because they
are family? It is always the latter for me, so I charge accordingly.