Leigh Abbott is small business advisor working with entrepreneurs
who have all sorts of lofty goals, like sleeping through the night,
paid vacations like their employees get, and, for those who really
dare to dream, a salary equal to the expertise they bring to their
own businesses. With nearly twenty years of business ownership and
a childhood both blessed by and immersed in a family business, she
brings strong management resources and an understanding that the business
is your life's work. At times, it's your whole life. Leigh is a graduate
of Penn State, and is a Certified Advisor for the Organization for
Entrepreneurial Development, a 501c3 benefitting entrepreneurs. Her
firm, Church Lion, provides consulting, coaching, mentoring, and tough
love to small business owners along the east coast. She has two teen
sons, two dogs, and one amazingly patient husband. She is a Rotarian
and an active member of her church.
Running a small business can be filled with landmines. Things that
seemed like a great idea at the time can come back to haunt you. And
haunt you they will.
You may be busier than you can imagine, but never seem to get beyond
break even. You may be in a family business that's too much family,
too little business. You're probably great at what you do, but overwhelmed
with all the "stuff" that comes along with running the show. We'll
take a look at five key ways small business owners trip themselves
up, and touch on ways you can get out from under the chaos and red
ink these blunders cause.