How These Married Entrepreneurs Juggle Two Businesses and Two Kids

We trailed the founders of Warby Parker and Rockets of Awesome to see how their crazy, hectic, business-packed days happen. July 11, 2019 7 min read This story appears in the July 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » “Gemma, wait!” Rachel Blumenthal orders the blonde blur that is her 4-year-old daughter with the zoomies. “You have a raspberry smoothie unibrow!” There are leggings and bows and 8-year-old Griffin to get out the door for school. But it’s all good. Breakfast has been accomplished, workouts done, emails answered, lunches packed, assistants coordinated between his company and hers — and now, wipe in hand, a unibrow crisis averted. And it’s only 7:30 at the Blumenthals’. Neil and Rachel Blumenthal, 38 and 39, met freshman year at Tufts University and married in 2008. By then, she’d already started a jewelry brand, Rachel Leigh. He followed suit in 2010 by cofounding Warby Parker, the […]

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Work-Life Balance Is Essential for Entrepreneurs

If your life is out of balance, you won’t be able to excel in any area. July 9, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Work-life balance is critical for entrepreneurs. Why? Because being an entrepreneur is tough. You have a lot of highs and lows, and not a lot of other people to help you grow the business. If your life is out of balance, you won’t be able to excel in any area. Working longer is usually not more productive, but the temptation to overwork is always there. You must find a way to integrate the things that are important to you while growing your business. Be mindful that work-life balance, or integration, is something that you must define for yourself. The things that are meaningful to you will not necessarily be meaningful to others. It’s your responsibility to oversee the balance in […]

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10 Myths About Work-Life Balance and What to Do Instead

The trick is to be completely present wherever you are. June 7, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Work-life balance is all the rage these days. Unfortunately, it seems that most of what we have been told is a lie. Here are 10 myths regarding work-life balance that are stressing you out and setting you up for failure. 1. It’s actually about achieving balance. This is the biggest misconception regarding work-life balance. The hard truth is that balance doesn’t exist. It would be great if it did but our lives don’t exist in silos. No matter how hard you try, there will be times when work bleeds into your personal life and vice versa. Just because you clock out for the day doesn’t mean that you’re 100 percent free from work. You may still have to respond to an email or review your schedule. As […]

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Why Long Hours and an Obsession With Efficiency Might Be Hurting Your Business

What if working long hours, living on Slack, and growing as fast as possible isn’t the best way to run a business? The founders of Basecamp are pretty sure they have the answer. June 5, 2019 12 min read This story appears in the June 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » On March 7 at 4:30 a.m. Greenwich mean time, a tech company’s worst nightmare began. For eight and a half hours, a catastrophic network failure disabled Basecamp’s popular project management software. Instead of boosting productivity for its three million accounts around the world, Basecamp stopped people from getting their work done. “We’re incredibly sorry…especially for our European customers,” wrote cofounder and CTO David Heinemeier Hansson on the company blog. He explained that the problem originated with their cloud provider, took full responsibility, and promised they would work diligently to make sure it never happened again.   Related: My Career in Silicon […]

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What Marriage Has Taught Me About Work-Life Balance

May 21, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I have always had the hustle mentality. In my part of the world, it is a prerequisite for survival. Things are so tough that people work three jobs plus run a business just to take care of their family. The hustle robbed many of us of vital relationships and the value these relationships bring. Jas Mathur, the renowned fitness trainer and CEO of Limitless, described his former self as an “extremist hustler.” He credits this same hustle mindset for helping him become the successful CEO and business owner he is today, but in his words, “It worked for me, till it didn’t.” It often takes a single event for a person to wake up to reality. For Jas, it was repeating the same routine of work-eat-sleep-work until, weighing well over 400 pounds, he fell ill. Then he finally turned his life around and […]

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The Truth about “Work-Life Balance”

When most people think about work-life balance, they imagine a perfectly balanced scale. I’ll tell you why this idea is flawed—and how to think about work-life balance instead. Pat Flynn May 13, 2019 Let’s talk about work-life balance. When most people think about work-life balance, they imagine a scale that can only be perfectly balanced when there is equal weight on both sides. But I think this idea is flawed, and I’ll tell you why—along with how you should be thinking about work-life balance instead. How I Like to Think About Work-Life Balance First, realize that in life, things rarely fall cleanly into one category or another. There are many aspects of “business” that are only “business”—but there are other aspects of “business” that also bleed into “life.” So when you’re trying to build a work-life balance, how do you know what’s “life” and what’s “business”? There can be a […]

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Hiring More Women Is One of This Founder’s Proudest Achievements

The co-founder of Boxfox discusses the ups and downs of running a business. April 10, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars talks with Chelsea Moore, the co-founder of Boxfox. Moore discusses the many hats she wears as a founder, from being the legal point of contact to handling finances, customer service and creative sides of the business.  As a younger, female founder, Moore always pays attention to how she holds herself in a room, especially if the other entrepreneurs are male and older in age.   Moore mentions that she is most proud of her consistent efforts to hire more women. Some of the women she hires are college-educated (while others are not). Either way, she is proud to give jobs to other females.  To hear more about Moore’s experience as an entrepreneur, click the video. Related: Why Women Entrepreneurs Shouldn’t Fear […]

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Anti-Busy. Pro-Purpose. Talking Work-Life Balance with Chalene Johnson

Chalene Johnson: We’re so used to being hyperstimulated and go, go, go, go, go, go, go, I’ll say, admittedly, mainly for me because I had such an addiction to work as my default. We had lots of things in . . . Pat Flynn: You’re listening to Chalene Johnson, an amazing friend and mentor of mine and today we’re going to be discussing work-life balance. I don’t know if you’re like me or like Chalene, but oftentimes we default to just continuing to stay busy and how do we know what we should stay busy on when we want to say no to things. What do we prioritize, how do we manage this versus our family, how do we blend them together nicely? I’ve always admired Chalene and how she’s been able to seemingly have everything together and we find out in this episode that it wasn’t always that way. […]

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Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing with Paul Jarvis

Paul Jarvis: For me, it’s always, I want a business that supports my life, not a life that supports my business. So I don’t want to Elon Musk things and work eighty hours a week and sleep on a couch in my office. I want to work thirty-ish hours a week and enjoy the rest of my time. As long as I make enough money to cover that, put money into savings and all of that, I feel good. I don’t need to . . . Working awards ten times more than that wouldn’t serve me, wouldn’t serve my life in any way. I don’t think it would serve my customers, even. Pat Flynn: I recently read a really interesting book, it was called Company of One, Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business. When I was initially going to read it, I was thinking about the […]

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I’m a Woman Entrepreneur Who Created a Better Work-Life Balance. How You Can Do That, Too.

Last year, I felt that my whole life revolved around work. In 2019, that is all going to change. January 22, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In 2018 — just last year! — I felt that my whole life revolved around work. I didn’t feel that I had any control over my time; my business set my entire agenda, even on weekends. Related: The First Step to Achieving Work-Life Balance? Stop Calling It That. According to a Harvard Business Review survey, that feeling is more or less universal: The study examined data about CEOs’ use of time, covering some 60,000 combined hours of those executives’ work lives. One finding was that those CEOs, on average, worked 9.7 hours per weekday. More alarmingly, they also conducted business on 79 percent of their weekend days, putting in an average 3.9 hours each weekend day, as well as working 70 percent of […]

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The Secret to Living a Balanced Life as a CEO? Pick a Strong Second in Command.

The key is to find a partner who is strong in areas where you are weak. November 16, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneurs are not known for having work-life balance. In my experience, trying to find balance as a startup founder is like looking for a real-life unicorn. If you’re looking to create something that is disrupting an industry, the path isn’t going to be easy. Related: Actually, You Do Have Time for Both Your Family and Your Business Building out a new idea practically guarantees imbalance. This is especially true in the early stages of a startup. Prior to joining LegalZoom, I would work 100 hours a week. It was a fast-paced startup world. I had to make certain sacrifices. For example, I chose not to have a family right away, because I knew I wouldn’t be able to be the present […]

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Why Setting Rules Can Help You Balance Your Work and Personal Lives

Following a few rules can make your entire life run more smoothly and help you fit everything in that is most important to you. September 25, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Manny Khoshbin’s book Driven: The Never-Give-Up Roadmap to Massive Success. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | IndieBound One of the best ways to balance your life may be to try slowing down a little. Stephen Covey, who wrote the popular book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, says, “Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” Considering how many people spend a lot of time every day at work putting out fires, Covey may be right. After you’ve been in business for a while, you learn that not everything […]

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How Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian Balances Work and Family

The entrepreneur and investor, shares his take on parental leave and work-life balance. June 15, 2018 3 min read For all the time and effort and hopes and dreams you put into growing your business, it’s no wonder that entrepreneurs often refer to their company as their baby. The idea that you can figure out how to perfectly balance all aspects of your life is something of a myth, and it’s something Reddit and Initialized Capital co-founder Alexis Ohanian readily admits he doesn’t have figured out, as new husband and dad. “It’s a constant tension, no doubt. It’s something I know I still struggle with. But like all things, it’s just one more step on that walk of self-improvement,” Ohanian tells Entrepreneur. “The good news is that being an entrepreneur has in a lot of ways prepared me, because exercising those muscles are required if you want to have success […]

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South Korea Is Turning Off PCs to Stop People Working Late

The experiment starts March 30, but by May all Seoul government employees will have their PCs turned off at 7 p.m. on Fridays. March 23, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Many of us regularly work late, and we do so for a number of reasons. It could be that there’s a deadline you need to hit, your department is understaffed, you’re trying to make up for time off, or worst of all, it’s demanded of you by management and has become the norm. In South Korea, the problem seems to be getting out of hand and in the capital Seoul, the government decided to do something about it. As the BBC reports, employees of the Seoul Metropolitan Government work an average of 2,739 hours every year. That’s nearly 53 hours a week, every week of the year. It’s also about 1,000 more hours than employees […]

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SPI 279: Finding Fringe Hours and Work-Life “Balance” with Jessica Turner

Today’s guest is an expert at finding more hours in the day. No, she hasn’t invented time travel—not yet, anyway. Jessica Turner has mastered the art of maximizing “fringe hours” and making time in our days to do the things we love. In today’s episode, she’s spilling her secrets. In addition to being an online business owner and bestselling author, Jessica works a full-time job and is a mother of three. She also routinely makes time for herself in her “fringe hours,” those slivers of the day just waiting to be put to use. Jessica explores this time management strategy in her bestselling book, The Fringe Hours, which continues to change the lives of busy professionals and parents like herself. In this episode, Jessica explores the importance of making time for ourselves and strategies even the busiest entrepreneurs can put to use. You’ll hear her advice for achieving work-life satisfaction (versus work-life “balance”), as well […]

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My July 2016 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to my Monthly Income Report for July 2016! It’s amazing to think that I’ve written nearly 100 of these income reports (this one will be number ninety-four) since SmartPassiveIncome.com started way back in October 2008. Initially, it was created to show the sales and success of my architecture exam business over at GreenExamAcademy.com. Fun fact: I had only intended to write an income report once. But so many people enjoyed the transparency in that post that I have kept it going ever since. Now, the income reports are, by far, some of the most popular posts on the site. Why? Well, of course, people like to check out how much money has been made, and we’ve come a long way since posting only numbers from GreenExamAcademy.com. Several other businesses, niche sites, and even income generated from this blog now account for my total income generated, as you can see […]

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SPI 225: Meet the Flynn Family (the ones who really run the show), with April, Keoni, and Kailani

My guests today are the reason I do what I do. They’re what motivate me to dream big, follow through on my goals, and maintain a balanced life. Here with me are my wife and my two kids: April, Keoni, and Kailani. I’ve wanted to feature my family on this podcast for a while, and I know you guys have wanted to hear from them, too—in fact, my wife is the Smart Passive Income Podcast’s most-requested guest! Today, you’ll finally get the chance to hear from the most important members of Team Flynn, including my wife April, who’ll share her perspective on this crazy journey we embarked on together. You’ll hear her take on the benefits and challenges of working from home, how online entrepreneurship affects parenting, a few of our highs and lows, and stories from the early days of our relationship. You’ll also be treated to an interview with our first-grader, Keoni, and our three […]

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My June 2016 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to my June 2016 Monthly Income Report! I just got back from Podcast Movement 2016 in Chicago, which was awesome! Thanks to everyone who came by to say hi, and I look forward to sharing more about my PM16 experience in next month’s report. In the meantime, as always, I’m here to share the latest goings-on from last month here on SPI. If you’re new, you can find the archive of monthly income reports dating back to October 2008 on the income reports page, which covers not only income streams from my various online businesses, but also, more importantly, the lessons learned from both the wins and failures I’ve experienced along the way. Latest Goings-On in June In last month’s report, I shared that I was working with another company in the food truck industry to bring FoodTruckr.com back to life. Although it wasn’t really “dead,” it was definitely […]

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The Most Important Conversation I’ve Had About My Business Ever

This post is something I wrote a while back, but I thought I’d re-post because it had such a huge impact on me and my business. It’s a timeless lesson, really, and something I think we can all pull from and apply to our own lives. I updated a few sections, but other than that it’s as it was back then. I hope you enjoy! Around 2010, my wife and I had what was probably one of the most conversations ever, and it’s directly related to what I do online. It’s a conversation that I will never forget because it had a lasting impact on my life as an online entrepreneur, but also on my life as a parent and a husband. This is a conversation I had when our first child was just a baby. Because of this conversation, I’m able to be more focused on my work, and therefore […]

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My April 2016 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to my April 2016 Monthly Income Report! Each month I construct a brand new detailed report that covers the latest goings-on across all of my online businesses, including wins, failures, lessons learned, and exact dollar amounts from each of my income streams. If you’d like to get a snapshot of my income growth over time, and a list of all of the previous income reports I’ve published since I started doing these back in 2008, please visit my income reports page. If this is your first time seeing one of these reports, you might be wondering why I take the time to write them up. Or, even further, why I choose to reveal my income details publicly here on the blog. I see it like this: It’s sort of like how companies in the stock market publicly report their earnings. They do this so that their investors can understand […]

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