Run Your Business So It Doesn't Run You
by Linda Leigh Francis
Linda Leigh Francis sent me a copy of her book because Ellen Rohr (author of How Much Should I Charge? and Where Did The Money Go?) suggested that she do so. Linda and Ellen had crossed paths out there on the lecture circuit and Ellen told her a bit about the folks who visit HeatingHelp.com each day. Linda and Ellen have a lot in common. They both write books that help people in the trades become more successful. I was a bit backed up with work when the book arrived so I gave it to Marianne and asked her to read it. Marianne is my wife as well as my business partner. She takes care of all the stuff that has to do with money in our business so I figured she'd be a good judge of Linda's book. She wound up reading it in one sitting. "This is great stuff!" she said. "It covers a lot more than financial topics."
I picked it up and also read it in one sitting. Marianne was right (as usual). Linda uses humor, great real-world examples, and a terrific writing style to pull the whole business picture together. The book has bite-size (yet very comprehensive) chapters that cover leadership, time management, planning, sales, and hiring. Of course, she also gets into how to understand and use the financial information that your accountant gives you, and she does it in a plain-English way. I was very impressed with her work and I asked her if we could make the book available to you. She said "Sure!" so I'm pleased to be able to offer it here.
Whether you're established in business or just getting started, I think you'll find a lot of food for thought in this book. We sure did!