For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families [NOOK Book]

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Discover how to build a successful business and follow your passions without sacrificing healthy family relationships to the financial and emotional rollercoaster that is entrepreneurship.

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, author Meg ...
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For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families

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Overview

Discover how to build a successful business and follow your passions without sacrificing healthy family relationships to the financial and emotional rollercoaster that is entrepreneurship.

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, author Meg Cadoux Hirshberg examines the impact—for better and for worse—of entrepreneurial businesses on families and relationships, and vice versa.

Practically, this 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.

Psychologically, this book is a reminder that no entrepreneurial family trudges the hard trail of company-building alone. If you have embarked on such an enterprise, you and your spouse will find comfort and guidance in the experiences of others like you. Meg draws on the struggles and triumphs she and husband Gary Hirshberg experienced as he built Stonyfield Yogurt, and also shares powerful stories and insights from other families, gathered through hundreds of interviews.

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.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013897397
  • Publisher: An Inc. Original
  • Publication date: 3/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 743,315
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Meg Hirshberg is a freelance writer, the author of the “Balancing Acts” column for Inc. magazine, a highly regarded speaker, and the wife of Gary Hirshberg, founder of Stonyfield Yogurt. Although it took nine painful years to become profitable, Stonyfield is now the largest organic yogurt company in the world. Meg has written two yogurt cookbooks and her writing has appeared in Yankee, New Hampshire magazine, and the Boston Globe magazine, among other publications.

Meg and Gary have three children—Danielle, Ethan, and Alex—who have all eaten a lot of yogurt.
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  • Posted August 3, 2012

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    Business journalist Meg Cadoux Hirshberg’s article “

    Business journalist Meg Cadoux Hirshberg’s article “Hitched to Someone Else’s Dream” appeared in the September 2008 issue of Inc. magazine. She described the early, stressful beginnings of Stonyfield Farms, the company her husband co-founded. Though it is now the world’s largest organic yogurt firm, nine years of hard work passed before it made a profit. That article and the subsequent response from entrepreneurial couples and families led Hirshberg to write this book, where the advice ranges from the truly informed inside perspective to a few pretty obvious tips. getAbstract recommends her hilarious, heartbreaking, essential guide and its many family business war stories to current and aspiring entrepreneurs, their spouses and families, and other busy professionals seeking work-life balance.

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    Incredible book!

    I could hardly put this book down once I started it! Meg Hirshberg has done what few have attempted – brilliantly described the real life side of entrepreneurship. Her writing is unapologetically/boldly/starkly frank, yet warmly encouraging. The format of the book is unique too. As she tells her and Gary’s story, she weaves in the stories of - and quotes from - scores of other entrepreneurs and their families. The result is a vivid, vast picture of what it means to dream, build and live with your own business – or the business of someone you love. Every entrepreneur, spouse/partner of an entrepreneur and person linked to an entrepreneur by blood or belief should read this book – if they dare!!

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