Balancing Acts

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg

Contributing editor Meg Cadoux Hirshberg is moving her popular column, Balancing Acts, from the print version of Inc. Magazine to Inc.com, where she will continue to examine the impact of entrepreneurial business on families and work-life balance. Her book, For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families, was named one of the five best business books of 2012. For a compendium of Meg?s work, see her website www.meghirshberg.com.


Recent Balancing Acts Articles

Of Drivers and Passengers. Or, How Entrepreneurs' Families Cope

What I've learned in five years of thinking and writing about the tense, chaotic, fearful, and occasionally over-the-top-joyful family lives of entrepreneurs.  Read more


You're Going to Have Doubts. How Do You Handle Them?

Sometimes, say Meg and Gary Hirshberg, you talk them through. Other times, you just keep going.  Watch video


These CEOs Use Business Metrics on Their Marriages

It may not be romantic but, hey, it works. Check out why.  Read more


Entrepreneurship Changes You--and Not Always for the Better

"I thought I knew you." Have you ever heard that before? If you're a die-hard entrepreneur, you probably have...more than once.  Read more


The Scarlet Letter of Dating Is 'E' (as in Entrepreneur)

Why do so many female entrepreneurs find it hard to get a date?  Read more


What to Discuss Before Conceiving a Start-up

Is there a start-up in your family's future? Here's the conversation you need to have, pronto.  Read more


Two Spouses, Two Companies

Two-business households are the worst--except when they are they best.  Read more


When Family Takes a Back Seat to Your Employees

For the entrepreneur's spouse, it can be hard not to see employees as rivals.  Read more


When the Breadwinner Gets Crusty

Troubles arise when the spouse's paycheck supports a family and a business.  Read more


Gary Hirshberg Finally Gets His Say

He's the frequent subject of Meg's Column. Now, the founder of Stonyfield Farm gets to speak up about what he's learned from being his wife's favorite recurr...  Read more


The Family Sabbatical

Extended breaks are wonderful things, unless the spouse and kids have other plans.  Read more


Stonyfield Founder: I'm Not Retiring!

Gary Hirshberg talks to his wife, Inc. columnist Meg Cadoux Hirshberg, about his recent decision to step down as CEO of Stonyfield Yogurt.  Read more


The Small Joys of Family Business

Entrepreneurship, for all its challenges, can bestow on families unexpected benefits beyond the obvious financial ones.  Read more


How Much About the Business Should You Share With Your Spouse?

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg examines the limit on what your spouse should know about the company’s problems.  Read more


When the Business Fails

It’s a fact: More companies fail than succeed. So when that happens, can the marriage survive?  Read more


Balancing Acts: Meg Cadoux Hirshberg

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg is the wife of Stonyfield Farm CEO Gary Hirshberg. In these videos she describes the ups and downs of having the line between business a...  Read more


Balancing Acts: Please, Turn Off the BlackBerry

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg discusses that despite our ability to be constantly connected, ignoring the phone and e-mail once in a while makes for a happy marriage ...  Watch video


Balancing Acts: Is it OK to Leave Your Spouse at Home?

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg discusses how expectations and reality may differ.  Watch video


Balancing Acts: Set the Bar Low, But Set it Somewhere

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg discusses how the family business can interfere with the marriage but that by setting some minimum expectations, it can still be a great...  Watch video


Balancing Acts: Minding the Kids

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg talks about about the impact of the family business on children.  Watch video


Balancing Acts: If Not Now, When?

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg discusses how running a business can interfere with the rest of your plans in life and how important is it to take the time to do them.  Watch video


Balancing Acts: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg discusses the challenges of having family and friends be investors in your company.  Watch video


Balancing Acts: Bed and Boardroom

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg discusses the challenges of having her home also be the base for her husband's business.  Watch video


Balancing Acts: Introduction

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg describes the ups and downs of having the line between business and family disappear.  Watch video


Why Entrepreneurs Should Take Sick Days

Business owners strive to control their lives and fortunes—and then illness strikes, and everything falls apart.  Read more


When Family Businesses Bungle Succession Planning

Handing off a business to the next generation is the realization of a dream—or a complete nightmare.  Read more


The Romance of Good Deeds

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg explains why building a business with a strong social mission can also be great for your marriage.  Read more


Why So Many Entrepreneurs Get Divorced

Why the start of a company so often spells the end of a marriage  Read more


My Husband's Next Business

The four words an entrepreneur’s spouse dreads hearing: “I have an idea.”  Read more


To Love, Honor, and Report To

Working in your spouse's company may be the toughest job you will ever have.  Read more


Is it OK to Leave Your Spouse at Home?

What to do when the work-obsessed spouse wants to play--without you.  Read more


Minding the Kids

For better or worse, your children are deeply involved in your business. Stop feeling guilty about it, and start inviting your kids into your work life.  Read more


Bed and Boardroom

There's nothing like a home-based business for increasing family stress.  Read more


10 Tips for a Happy Marriage

Business owners who want to keep their spouses happy would do well to live by these simple rules.  Read more


Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Thanksgiving dinner or meeting of the board? When your family members are investors in your business, the lines get blurry.  Read more


If Not Now, When?

For entrepreneurs, there's never a right time to buy a house, start a family, have a life. While you are building a business, work-life balance inevitably su...  Read more


Living with a BlackBerry Addict

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg writes about how her husband, Stonyfield Farm's Gary Hirshberg, never lets his BlackBerry leave his side.  Read more


Balancing Marriage and Business

When your marriage is hitched to a business, life is one long test of allegiance  Read more


Hitched to Someone Else's Dream

The people who run fast-growing companies are driven by optimism and a passion for what they do. And the people married to them? The author remembers worryin...  Read more