Book of the Week #21

For Better or for Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families by Meg Cadoux Hirshberg (NY: An Inc Original, 2012)

Inc. columnist Meg Cadoux Hirshberg, who lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Stoneyfield Yogurt C-E-Yo Gary Hirsberg, has written a very engaging and honest guidebook for entrepreneurs (or potential entrepreneurs) and the people who love them. Thanks to RiverRun Bookstore for bringing this title to my attention.
"How does someone who is obsessed live peacefully with others who are not? That question summarizes the quandary faced by company founders and their families. To answer it, I examine the impact—for better and for worse—of entrepreneurial businesses on families and relationships, and vice versa. For Better or For Work is a vital guide to navigating the emotional and logistical terrain of business-building while simultaneously enjoying a fulfilling family life. From the trials of co-habiting with a home-based business to the queasy necessity of borrowing money from family and friends to the complexities of intergenerational succession, no topic is taboo. The entrepreneur will learn how to build a successful business without sacrificing healthy family relationships to the financial and emotional rollercoaster that is entrepreneurship. ...For Better or For Work will remind you that the long hours and late nights spent on the business or with the family are worth the effort, and will give you tools for making both endeavors successful."   --Publisher's blurb

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