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.

Chanel Cook | Calligrapher, Graphic Designer, and Maker.

As someone who operates their business outside of my typical 9-5 job, it’s really easy to let your own business just become your life. When I first started Chanel Creates, I would spend my nights and weekends working on my business. I put all my free time towards building what I have now. I don’t regret that, but it’s certainly not how I operate now. Before I start any new project, I ask myself, “Do I want to work on this over the weekends or after a full day of work?”. If that answer isn’t a yes, then it’s a NO. Whether that’s for a wedding or a product launch, I need to be excited about what I’m working on if it’s during my free time. Those boundaries can be difficult to set at first because you want to do it all, but once you do, it will transform your time and how you manage your passion. Read more>>

Lindsay Hall | Founder of Shade Collective, Aesthetician

Transitioning into business ownership and having a balanced work life was a bit of a struggle at first. I was used to structured working hours and off time. Suddenly I was in charge of making those hours, I was the only one that was going to hold myself accountable. I had to set boundaries with myself and others to see growth and productivity. I am still learning each day what is right for me, I listen to my body, to what it needs. Some days I am in my creative flow, motivated and energized and other days I need grounding and alone time. I believe this balance will be a constant change with the ebb and flow of life and opportunities. Read more>>

Vanessa Turk | Self-love Spirit Junkie, Fitness Enthusiast, Self-Development Junkie, Wife, Mama-to-be, Photographer

Some will say there is no such thing as “balance”, but I disagree. If having a work-life balance is important to you, you’ll have to be intentional about it. Time blocking has helped me a lot with this. Isn’t one of the perks of owning your own business making your own schedule? Yes, being your own boss means you work way more than 40 hours a week! But really, you are your own boss, which means you can take on as little or as much as you want. There was a time I would work 10-12 hour days 6 days a week. You can only grind it out for so long before having a breakdown. Look at people who don’t have balance in their life. Sure, they might have financial success, but they are often sleep deprived, overweight, depressed and struggling in their relationships and family life. Read more>>

Fiona Chatwin | Executive and Artist Director

I used to think that having a good balance between work and life meant that I needed a hobby, or that I needed to be more strict about how much I work in the evenings or the weekends. But then I realized that loving my work as much as I do means that a sense of balance isn’t what is needed at all. Instead, I just wish there were more hours in the day to do all of the things I love; work/play. I must admit, though, as the ED I am grateful I have the luxury to be able to say no when I need to and “bring it on” when I have the energy!. Read more>>

Angela Brouwer | Floral Designer

When I first started my business, Sprig & Spring, I felt like I had to be working traditional 9-5 hours any time I wasn’t working an event. It caused me to burn out quickly and produce some subpar work. I think when starting a business you really want to prove to other people- family, friends, colleagues that leaving your last career wasn’t a mistake. I feel like once I let that go, and leaned into the fabulous reality that I own my own business- I set my hours and if I’m done with work early one day or I want to grab a long lunch with a friend I can do that. I’d also say that balance looks different at different times- working in the events industry in a post lockdown world has really taught me that. I’ll have weeks where I don’t have any events, and I feel fine taking it slow and relaxing because I know in a few weeks I’ll be working around the clock on a busy wedding weekend. It took me a long time (and a year of cancelled and postponed events) to realize time spent doesn’t always mean a higher level of success. Read more>>

Tara Lehner | Female Leadership and Empowerment Coach

I’m here because I struggled with work life balance. I left corporate America burned out and excited to consult. The prospect of working less but getting paid more was exciting and I felt it would keep me on a reasonable schedule. I was floored when 3 months into consulting I was burned out again. That’s when I realized building resilience to burnout is an inside job. I started reading and practicing everything I could find and became passionate about helping other women to learn what I had, without the repeated burnout. Read more>>

Andrea Young | Boss Beer Lady

Work hard, play hard. It’s a motto to live by as a business owner. Regardless of whether I was working in an hourly job, or starting a business; the harder I worked, the more I imagined I might play in the future. As an hourly employee working in someone else’s business, actually getting to ‘play hard’ often meant either taking time off of work completely, or constantly running just on the edge of burnout (working and playing hard is exhausting, after all). I told myself I was young, and now was the time to rack up the work hours. Hard Work = Success. At some point in my early 20’s, the call of ‘Life’ rang out loud and clear. Call it a quarter life crisis, but I quit my job, stuffed my meagre belongings into a storage unit, packed a bag and boarded a plane. I spent four months backpacking around South East Asia before running out of money and heading to Perth, Australia with a work visa in hand. Perth, as it turned out, felt just like San Diego, only… Slower. Less traffic. Quieter beaches. Even the internet was snail paced. It was like landing in what I imagined to be San Diego of the 1980’s. Read more>>

Tracy Campoli | Television Host, Lifestyle and Wellness Coach

Balance is a big myth. I don’t believe it exists, and in fact, it’s another way for women to feel like they aren’t “doing enough”. I believe in focus. When I’m with my daughter, I’m 100% with her. When I’m working, I turn off all distractions and focus on the tasks at hand. When I’m at dinner with a friend or my husband, I keep off my phone. I used to struggle with overworking, and I’ve realized that the LESS I do with more FOCUS, the better my results are. It’s so easy to get distracted with social media, notifications and other technology. A great tool I love is a “pomodoro timer” where I’ll set the timer for 25 minutes of fully focused work. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish when you remain focused!. Read more>>

Emily Lane | Fiber Artist & Photographer

Finding the work life balance can be challenging – especially when you’re trying to grow a small business while also working a full time job. At first, I was just doing it for fun in my spare time and I would just sell a piece here or there so it was easy to manage. But as the business grows and more and more orders come in – it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Making a schedule and planning out both work and personal things can help to find that balance. At the end of the day, I could always be doing more to grow my business, but I think it’s important to remember that you will be your most productive and enjoy your work more when you take the time to take care of yourself and feed your soul doing other things that make you happy. Whether it’s waking up early to take a hike with my dogs or scheduling an afternoon off to spend time with a friend. Giving myself time to relax and enjoy all the other great things in my life, gives me more energy and drive to work hard towards creating a bigger and better business for myself in the future. Read more>>