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Balancing Acts: Bed and Boardroom

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg discusses the challenges of having her home also be the base for her husband's business.
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Balancing Acts: Bed and Boardroom

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

Balancing Acts: Bed and Boardroom

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


Andrew Maclean/Inc.com

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg

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Video Transcript

00:12 Meg Hirshberg: We lived with our business for about five or six years when we were on the farm and we had the yogurt production on the farm as well. And that was inordinately stressful, to share our space with production and with the offices and trucks coming up all the time and delivery people and sometimes I even had to babysit the yogurt maker's kids when they couldn't find a babysitter. I mean, our lives were indistinguishable from our business. That's sort of on the extreme end of the bell curve of people living with their businesses, but a lot of the same problems crop up for people who share a home with their business.

00:58 Hirshberg: For one thing, the business starts to creep more and more. It might start in the corner of the dining room and before you know it you've got office supplies and inventory and... Scattered all around the house. And the family starts to feel like, "Wait a minute, is this our home or is this a place of business where we also happen to live?" And you wanna make sure to never cross that boundary. And there are also other boundaries that need to be established when you share your home with your business.

01:31 Hirshberg: For one thing, there is, of course, time, which anyone with a home office gets into this too. You sort of get up in the middle of the night and answer emails. But I think when your business is really... Is there and nowhere else, those kinds of temptations are even more severe to just keep working and work through dinner and... So I think it's important to really guard your time boundaries, as well as your space boundaries and to make sure that the family feels comfortable with whatever is going on under their roof. They can't... A lot of times it's difficult when children are small. I spoke with a man who runs his architectural design firm out of his home and he's got six kids running around and they're jumping on their beds playing Kung Fu Panda when he is on the phone trying to speak with a client. So, as much as you can separate yourself from the hubbub of the family and not unduly impose on them to remain quiet and out of your hair. Sometimes that's not possible, but to the extent that you can have a sort of separate space away from all that, that's better too.



Last updated: May 12, 2011




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