Like countless small-business owners, Lola Gonzalez agonizingly resolved to trim her firm's nine-person staff when the economic recovery began to sputter last spring.
Unlike other entrepreneurs, she picked an unlikely employee to lay off: herself.
The owner of Accurate Background Check in Ocala, Fla., says she couldn't bear to fire employees who have worked there for years. So she stopped paying herself a six-figure salary and got a job for less than half the pay as a social worker. More...