We had the good fortune of connecting with Porsche Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Porsche, how has your pespective on work-life balance evolved over time?
So first, I think work-life balance is a myth. Instead, It’s about work-life management and integration. We all wear many hats and are responsible for ourselves, our businesses, our family and relationships, our homes and the list goes on. So, it’s hard to keep all those things in perfect balance, and I think you’re setting yourself up for failure if you think it’s possible. Instead, think about management and integration – all those areas can work together for you instead of against you. The idea of having to “balance” it all is literally why I started my business. We provide essential services for clients that make life easier. The thing is, YOU don’t have to do it all, YOU only have to do what requires your mind, attention, and physical presence. Being a mom and spending time with my kids is not something I can outsource, but the housekeeping, picking up prescriptions, and grocery shopping, can certainly be outsourced! Making time for my husband to continue to have a strong and growth-filled relationship is not something I can outsource, but dinner reservations or coming up with cute date night ideas don’t have to be done by me! Executing the vision for my company and business development is not something I can outsource right now, but administrative tasks and client gifts can totally be taken care of by someone else. That’s the key to “getting it all done” NOT doing it ALL yourself. If you can list all the things on your plate and look at what you can have other people do; this “work-life balance” that we are all seeking turns into lifestyle management and you will continue to succeed!
What should our readers know about your business?
In starting The Prototype, I created what I needed. At the time in 2016, I was newly married, a first-time mom, working full-time in retail and fashion, and I was pretty overwhelmed. I decided to leave my job to stay home with our son, but I knew I needed to keep my mind stimulated so I took the idea I’d had while pregnant and pressed play and that’s how The Prototype was born. The Prototype provides Lifestyle Management & Personal Concierge service to busy professionals, corporate executives, and community leaders who’s most valuable asset is their time – and we get to give time back to them. Each client is paired with a Lifestyle Manager that can run errands, take care of the household, and help with family planning and travel. Need someone to find the kids a tutor after being out of school due to Covid-19? We can help! Need someone to schedule the family doctor appointments, arrange for a housekeeper, set up vehicle maintenance and help plan a birthday party? Your Personal Concierge can do all of that! Right now, I’m excited to “re-launch” after having my daughter and updating our service offering. My business has changed a lot over the past few years as I’ve learned more about actually running a business and finding the clients that I can serve best, but what hasn’t changed is my commitment to help people to be less stressed because of all the stuff they have on their plate. When people are very busy with work, family, and social activities, their domestic tasks and errands are usually the first things that fall off – The Prototype is here to change that. By helping you cross those things off the to-do list that are constantly running in your head, you are freed up to spend your time on what’s most valuable to you!
When asked what I’m most proud of, I have to say it’s the fact that I haven’t quit. It’s difficult to be an entrepreneur, especially when you’re a wife and mother. I’ve put so much pressure on myself and some days it feels impossible to keep going. After having ups and downs in my business, financial success and failure, hearing YES and a whole lot of NO, battling postpartum depression, and continuing to manage my family and other relationships, I have NOT given up. I know this business is my calling and I’m in it for the long haul. Because of my support system, my unwillingness to go back to being an employee of someone else, and my belief in creating the life I want, I’ve kept going.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh, this is fun! My best friend came to visit in January, but we couldn’t really go out a lot because the baby was only a month old, so here are a few things I wish we could have done! Breakfast @ Snooze AM, Lunch @ Paradiso, the restaurant is really pretty and the fried artichokes are so good! Fun Dinner @ Taco y Vino in Bishop Arts District. The food and wine are great and the vibe is cool, last time I was there they had Loteria which ended in a dance contest for the top prize! My husband won! We’d also try to attend a cool and creative event hosted by Bree Clarke of The Iman Project – she’s an amazing mompreneur and a big inspiration to me, we’d do some vintage shopping Lula B’s and we’d camp out at Work214 for a strategy session, we are both business owners and can’t help but talk about it among all the other things!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my support system – my husband, family, therapist, mentors, and business besties! Without people in my corner cheering me on, letting me vent, being a shoulder to cry on, challenging me, expecting more of me, giving me grace, sharing my business/story, helping me with strategy and giving me referrals, I would not be able to continue this entrepreneurial journey. As we all know, it’s hard and oftentimes lonely starting and running a business, so you need support to stay the course and I am fortunate to have a great support system! Thank you guys, I LOVE YOU!