24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week. Junior investment bankers regularly work 80-90 hours a week. Many other high profile professions require the same level of commitment. Often those on the outside claim that working 80-90 hours a week is bad/wrong/terrible/silly/etc but we’ve spoken with so many folks who say working that much has been the best decision of their life – it allowed them to develop a deep and strong skill set far faster than would have been possible otherwise. In other words, by working 2x the hours, they were able to generate 5x or more the rewards. And depending on where you are in your career, investing heavily in your skills and competence can pay dividends for a long time.

Ariel Cromie-Spalla | Independent Hairstylist

When I first started working as an independent stylist, I was unsure how to balance my work life and personal life. I think this is something many business owners have to learn, and it takes time to learn. I use to overbook myself and never take a break or time to do the things I enjoy. Even as a commission stylist, I constantly was working and feeling bad for taking time off. New into the industry, I had a primary goal to build my business and build myself as a hairdresser. I started to get burnt out and knew I needed a change to be successful. I still am trying to expand my business but now understand the importance of having a lazy day or participating in other hobbies aside from hair. This balance keeps me motivated, loving my career, and being able to continue succeeding. Read more>>

Alexis Fitts | Spiritualist & Entrepreneur

Work-Life balance used to be a phrase I looked for on every job pamphlet, but never truly understood. When I was in college, I thought a work life balance was taking 21 credits, and being on the track AND cheerleading team. Fast forward to me at 23, I was working at a programming job 60+ hours a week, not realizing that burnout was something that comes at you slowly, then all at once. Now I’m 27, and I have found a way to work and live that maximizes the true human moments I really cherish. I really see now that those moments come after allowing your mind long periods of rest.. Balance was hard for me because I THOUGHT balance came from fast and earnest promotions, and being available to my job 24/7, but now I realize that balance for me means living in a way that allows me to pursue my creative interests consistently, passionately, and at my leisure. Read more>>

Brittany Davis | Waxing Specialist

When I started my business I had a full time job, so balancing that with taking care of my daughter was definitely hard at first. My daughter being only a year old at the time, the support of my family really helped while I started the process of getting my business out there. Once my business started picking up I was able to switch my day job to part time and spend more time on my business. I’ve learned ways to be able to set up marketing posts on social media so that I dont have to work everyday on getting more clients. The best part is now that my daughter is almost three I have her on ABC mouse while I get work done. Being able to make my own schedule and spend time with my daughter is the main reason why I started my business. Read more>>

Crystal Peralta-Martinez | Landscape Designer & Embroidery Artist

Quite honestly, the balance is still a work in progress. Our business truly bloomed during Spring of 2020, through the first wave of stay-at-home orders while myself and my husband, Eric, were working our full-time jobs. We would work our jobs and immediately turn our focus to packing orders and branding, editing photos and listings, queue up social media posts and so on. So really, our work life balance has been more of a “work-work-squeeze our life in between the gaps” type of balance up to this point. We have finally reached a point where we can work our jobs comfortably and manage the workload of our small business during “off” hours so that we can catch our breath after a whirlwind of a year. Read more>>