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.

Emily Young | Salon owner/hair stylist

I’m a very hands on personality when it comes to my business, I always want to cater to my clients and strive to meet all of their needs, from their beautiful hair to their schedule— That being said, business in the beauty industry really isn’t always the normal 9-5, your clients text you at all times of the day because hey, they are busy humans too! they want your latest apt time so they can come in after work, and if that doesn’t work they’ll take your next available saturday— which I totally get!! In my early career it was easy to immediately get back to my clients calls/text even if it was midnight, and come in extra early or stay extra late if it meant having appointments on my books! Fast forward 13 years, a sweet husband and two awesome kids later, and it’s a difficult road to navigate balance in an industry that thrives on evenings and weekends. Read more>>

Lacey J. Salas | Esthetician and Makeup Artist

I have been working in the beauty industry for 13 years. In the very beginning like most I was seeking fulfillment to myself through achievements in tangible form. I wanted recognition and support from others to be great and was hoping for this major career in someway through makeup. Some would say I have had a huge success or very well established career with the many roads I traveled through it, NYFW many editorials, TV and some clients that are very well thought of as amazing clients have. I was never fulfilled always to seemed to be seeking what was next. Read more>>

Brittany Porter | Brow artist

Work life balance is definitely an important aspect of business. I feel that having a good work life balance allows us to make better judgment calls and decisions. It took me years to really understand what a work life balance meant. It truly wasn’t until I started my own business that I started to realize how integral a balance is in becoming successful. Read more>>

Shatorial Miller | Educator & Crafter

Whew, this is the very thing that drives or kills the vibe of being a small business owner with a full time career. Since starting my business I have been on what I would call a mid-life rollercoaster; why you might ask, because I have never been great at identifying what “thing” is more important than another.. I WANT TO DO ALL THE THINGS! I’m driven by the things I do well- and stumped by the things that take a little more processing time. However I’m constantly reminding myself that I can’t be that way when STARTING a business, especially working in the education field daily. Balance can happen, it takes consistency and reflection! Read more>>

Angel Mikeska | Owner/Operator – The Social Space Fort Worth

Work/Life balance is such a tough process to navigate and in my opinion, it isn’t one that you ever fully master. I believe we all go through a series of seasons in our life and as we do, our balance, our time and our focus shifts in different ways. I am a firm believer that everything I do, I do in order to support and provide for my family and our future. Realizing the purpose behind it, makes the long days and late hours a little easier to get through sometimes. With three children at home, priorities tend to move around during the day and we often play catch up at night. Nonetheless, maintaining focus on what is important and why you do what you do is the key to juggling it all. Read more>>