How to Manage your Fashion Business and family

How to Manage your Fashion Business and still run a familyThis is a question that I get all the time, and that’s why I thought I would share my answer here with you.

Even my best friends don’t understand how I make this happen. Not only do I have 2 businesses, but I have 4 kids! So, I might just be holding a secret that could help you manage your double life…LOL!

And to be honest, I really do!

First let me tell you the bad news…it’s not really something that you can learn how to do or achieve, it’s already inside of you, a part of your own personality.

I have to admit that I have a very “laid back” personality. A few years ago I would have said this was a disadvantage…in fact, this still comes up in many arguments with my hubby!

But, now I know that it is a huge advantage, even a blessing!

Of course, I’m not the type of laid back person who is also lazy, I just try not to make a big deal of things….

My laid back personality leads me to not make a big deal about how my house looks or how noisy my kids are (strangely, this has become music to my ears…LOL).

My secret, and I know most of you won’t like it or will think is too far out of reach, but I have a full time housekeeper in my house.

I know, a housekeeper might sound like a luxury to most, but to me it’s not only a necessity, but one of the smartest decisions I’ve made.

Being born and raised in Argentina, having a housekeeper in my house was a normal thing, and also a cultural norm. In fact, most apartments in Argentina come with an extra room for a housekeeper.

It wasn’t until I moved to the US that I realized that this was something that was out of reach for just about everyone I met.

My husband and I had very little money ourselves when we first moved to this country. Everything we had was invested into his business, leaving barely enough to cover basic living expenses.

At that time I only had one child, and very soon after my second son. So, I was still able to juggle my swim biz, the kids, and the house.

But, as soon as child #3 was on his way I got serious with my husband and told him, “Either we get some help, or I’m back to Buenos Aires!” And I really meant it!!!! So of course, we found a way to scrape together the money, and from that moment on I never looked back!

Of course, we weren’t able to hire someone full-time right off the bat, it was a progression. And this is exactly how I encourage you to do it.

I started by hiring someone 3 days a week for 4 hours a day. Soon it became 5 days a week for 8 hours. And when baby #4 came, we hired a live-in housekeeper. At that time I had to get rid of my kids playroom to make room for her to sleep, but it was worth it!

This is how I am able to live my life in an amazing way! Because I don’t do cleaning, laundry or cooking….and without these 3 things I’m the happiest mom and wife on earth!!!

It also frees up enough time for me to work on my businesses.

I get it! I hear your objection…I don’t have the money to spend on a housekeeper or cleaning lady!

But, let me tell you something….this is something that you may need, even before getting help for your business.

Freeing up time for yourself to concentrate on your business and other important things in your life will help you succeed faster than trying to do everything by yourself.

And to be honest, if you don’t delegate and manage your house first, it will be even harder to grow your Fashion Biz…especially, if you also have kids!

The truth is, you don’t have to spend a fortune….you can start with a few hours a week.

Think about this: Let’s say that today you only have 4 hours to work on your business, and you take 3 hours to work around the house.

Now imagine dedicating all that time, a full 7 hours a day, to your business. By working those extra 3 hours a day you will make more money (All the sudden you have 35 hours a week to dedicate to your business). And the money that you will be making will pay for the cleaning lady and more!

Let’s say that the cleaning lady comes twice a week, and she stays 4 hours each time. This means 8 hours a week, and you spend roughly $15 an hour. This means you are spending $120 a week.

If you don’t think you can make back this amount by working more hours at your business, then by all means, don’t bother.

But, if you do, then this is the solution for you!

Start little by little, and the more your business grows the more time you can hire your help.

So, this is my little secret. In order to grow your Fashion Biz you need to delegate your house work first!

Don’t look at it as a luxury. This is necessary for you if you want to grow your biz!

Believe me, I wouldn’t be able accomplish everything I have if I were doing everything by myself.

To your fabulous success,

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