One of our favorite benefits of entrepreneurship is the flexibility we have in our days and weeks. In this episode, we share about the specific ways we’ve built our business around our lives.
The standard 40-hour work week was a product of the late 19th century and early 20th century labor movement, and while it did its job to protect factory workers who were—quite literally—being worked to death, it’s quickly becoming obsolete.
In our era, most professionals work far more than 40 hours per week. (We found a stat that Americans employed in full-time jobs work an average of 47 hours per week, which is almost 6 full days of work.) We’re also constantly tethered to our phones, even during our non-working hours. And with all of this added connectivity, many employers are not adding in additional flexibility benefits (the ability to work remotely, flexible hours, etc.).
Because of the autonomy it affords, entrepreneurship can be fundamentally liberating for women. The ability to be with our children after school, to take care of them when they’re sick, and to work nights to make up for family time during the day is priceless for us.
If you feel called to entrepreneurship, you know it. It’s not for everyone. If you’re called to build something for yourself, there’s a fire in your belly that you can’t ignore. The drive to create your own schedule and define your own success outweighs your need for security (or the illusion thereof).
You can find fulfillment in a side hustle, but for some of you, that side hustle will turn into your full-time gig—in which case you’ve won the lottery. (Only you made your own luck.)
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