I empower entrepreneurs to understand their numbers so they can make better decisions
As a kid it struck me as funny that my grandmother Rose always wore gloves. It may sound weird, but the story behind those gloves is a key inspiration for my business. And in a way, those gloves tie into every entrepreneur’s story.
Grandma Rose was a florist, and one of my most distinct childhood memories was playing in her floral shop Roses. I would dye carnations there, and I remember watching the petals soak up food coloring on hot days as we sat in the walk-in refrigerator. At the time, there was no way I could have fully appreciated the quiet determination and love she put into her work.
Only later in life did I learn the reason she wore those gloves all the time: She was allergic to chlorophyll. If she actually touched the flowers, she’d break out in a rash. But she loved what she did so much that she found a way to make it work. That entrepreneurial passion is such an inspiration to me to this day!
It’s not just about what you want to do; it’s who you want to be
When something goes south financially—when you’re laid off for instance—the outcome isn’t determined by how much money you have in the bank. It’s what we decide to do in our business, how we decide to treat people, how we decide to react, how we decide to sacrifice or not sacrifice. That’s what drives our businesses. And the measures of those actions are the numbers that our businesses generate.
“Who do I want to be?” Open Book Consulting, like so many other businesses, was conceived when I asked myself that question. Running my own business has helped me become the person I wanted to be, as with so many other small business owners.
You’re in business because in one way or another you want to affect positive change. I’m here to make sure the numbers are supporting your mission.
Run your business instead of getting run over by your business
My grandparents Rose and Harley were generous, intelligent, and civic-minded entrepreneurs. Harley, a farmer with a productive civic and entrepreneurial streak, was constantly reinventing himself. And Rose was a force of a woman. But they struggled more than they should have financially. With Open Book Consulting as your trusted advisor, you can embody the values you admire in other people and be a leader of your business.
– Debbi Allison