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"For Better or For Work" by Meg Hirshberg

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Published on Sep 19, 2012

Learn more at http://www.meghirshberg.com!

- "[One of the]12 Most Anticipated Business Books of 2012."
—CNBC.com

"[One of the five] most influential, inspirational business books to be published this year...."
—Entrepreneur Magazine

"This honest text...should help to navigate the dangerous pitfalls of allowing a business to come and squat in the midst of a family."
—Financial Times

"An immensely beneficial, contemporary analysis of what makes modern-day working families really work."
—Kirkus Reviews

"An indispensable tool."
—Publishers Weekly

"Hirshberg's candid advice is not just refreshing but could prove essential to the success of a new startup...her hard-won lessons for relationship survival are worth more than a read--you might actually want to print them out."
--Forbes Woman

"Hirshberg is writing about the elephant in the entrepreneurial room. Read For Better or For Work and you'll clear out a lot of that unspoken clutter between you, your business, and your family."
--Small Business Trends

"Small business owners and entrepreneurs, this book belongs on your shelf."
--AMEX Open Forum

Learn more about the book that Entrepreneur Magazine calls one of the most influential and inspirational business books of the year here:

Entrepreneur Magazine: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/2...

Inc. Magazine: http://www.inc.com/magazine/201209/me...
& http://www.inc.com/magazine/201207/me...

Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001...

Life can feel like a constant battle between our professional and personal lives. In her book For Better or For Work, Meg Hirshberg digs into the issues that arise when a couple is married to a business as well as to each other.

Meg is married to Gary Hirshberg, co-founder of the world's largest organic yogurt company, Stonyfield Farm. Together they faced the financial and emotional rollercoaster that is entrepreneurship.

For Better or For Work is a survival guide filled with common sense ways to help you balance your work life and the relationships you care about. The book draws on struggles and triumphs not just from the author's personal experience, but also powerful stories and insights from other families, gathered through hundreds of interviews.

Table of Contents:

1. In or Out?
Entrepreneurs are easy to love, but the trials of a start-up may test a spouse's loyalty.

2. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime (or Twenty Grand)?
Relatives who invest in your business are making a profound gesture of love and faith. Then along come doubt, fear, and the complicated family gathering.

3. To Love, Honor and Report To
Sometimes, romance is born in the office. Unless entrepreneurs who work with their spouses are careful, romance can die in the office too.

4. Bed and Boardroom
Employees in the kitchen. Customers in the bathroom. There's nothing like a home-based business for amping up the stress.

5. Sharing Gary
The entrepreneur's business always wants to steal his time. Now it has a sexy little accomplice in the form of a smartphone.

6. Minding the Kids
The entrepreneur is the most important person in the world to her company and to her children. How can she give both the best part of herself?

7. Left Behind
The spouse accepts that the entrepreneur needs to work long days. But shouldn't he spend his free time with her and not run off to play?

8. Breaking Up's Not Hard To Do
Only half of small businesses survive past five years. Entrepreneurs' marriages are almost as vulnerable.

9. Death of the Dream
It's all over. The company failed. Emotionally drained, the entrepreneur and his spouse are left to pick up the pieces of their finances, their reputations, and their relationship.

10. Passing the Reins
Handing down the family business is a glorious and gratifying exit strategy--assuming the founder can let go, the heir is competent, and siblings aren't competing for the top spot.

11. Once More Into the Breach
The family's finances are stable at last. Life is actually approaching normal. Then the serial entrepreneur announces his latest brainstorm. Here we go again.

12. Sick Happens
Entrepreneurs strive to design their lives and control their fortunes. But when illness strikes, all semblance of control flies out the window.

13. If Not Now, When?
For company builders, there is never a good time to do things other families take for granted, such as buying a house, taking a vacation, or even having a child. Should you postpone--perhaps forever? Or just do it?

14. 20 Simple Rules
Notes-and-bolts advice for maintaining domestic harmony when one spouse owns a company.

15. Those Magic Moments
When owning a company makes possible a family's most remarkable experiences.

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