I started my entrepreneurial journey for several reasons, but one of the biggest was my concern about working a 9 to 5 job. Because of my autoimmune disorder I have good and bad days. Doctor check-ups are regular for me and are often scheduled during business hours. Some days I have really bad migraines and need a couple extra hours of sleep. A 9 to 5 job didn’t fit my needs.

It’s easy to look at an entrepreneur and think they don’t have to work as much because of the more flexible schedule. The truth is: not working a 9 to 5 definitely doesn’t mean we aren’t working A LOT.

Yesterday was a perfect example of this. I woke up at 5 a.m. in order to hit the road before 6 a.m. to drive two hours and start shipping cattle at 8 a.m., which then took all morning. Afterward I drove back one hour to Bozeman for a few meetings and appointments. I took care of some work at the office and then did business coaching from 5 to 7 p.m.

Since Bozeman is an hour from my house, I didn’t get back home until almost 8:30 p.m. At that point I did my nighttime ritual and went to bed. That’s a more than 15 hour day. Even though I don’t work the traditional 9 to 5, there are still so many days where I work much longer than 8 hours.

There are certainly benefits of an entrepreneurial schedule. Something that is very important to me is spending time with my niece and nephew. Because I design my schedule, I can have long lunches where I can spend time with them, and read them books (one of my favorite things to do).

Because I don't work a 9 to 5


When there’s a big day on the ranch, I can usually move my schedule around so I can process cattle. Spending time with my father is another top priority for me. I can go on road trips with him when he has a sale or needs to go see a set of calves. As long as I can coordinate everything in advance, I am often able to spend time where I want to.

When there’s a big day on the ranch, I can usually move my schedule around so I can process cattle. Spending time with my father is another top priority for me. I can go on road trips with him when he has a sale or needs to go see a set of calves. As long as I can coordinate everything in advance, I am often able to spend time where I want to.

When I’m not feeling well, I can schedule a lighter week. I’m honestly not feeling that great right now, so my assistant made sure not to schedule anything for me until 9 a.m. tomorrow. This week I am attending the Montana Stockgrowers conference in Billings, Montana. While I’m there I plan to set up an auto-reply email and focus more on cultivating relationships at the conference, rather than spending my time in my inbox.

Because I don’t work a 9 to 5, I can take an extended Christmas break. This year I have company coming to town December 22nd to the 26th and then I’m headed out of town the 26th until New Years Day. I’m very excited about that time I will get to spend with family and friends. But in order to secure that schedule, I’ll be working very long days up until the end of the day on the 22nd. I have three days straight of podcast recordings scheduled. This means I will be doing interviews for more than 20 hours over the course of those three days — on top of many other business obligations.

When you are an entrepreneur, yes — you get to set your schedule. But you have to do it strategically. There are seasons to work, and seasons to rest. There are many days like mine today where you’ll spend more than 15 hours away from home. But tomorrow, I’ll get to sleep in until 8 a.m. There are ebbs and flows, and there is a time to grind. For the KRose Company, we are in a major grind during the next two weeks finishing up projects and prepping for the new year.

Yes, I love the flexibility. I’m 110 percent a morning person. My brain starts firing off all cylinders the moment my alarm goes off, which means by 7 or 8 p.m. I feel pretty brain dead. Even if I wasn’t productive early in the day, I’m just not very productive at night. I know myself well, so I structure my day to cater to this.

I prefer taking appointments and meetings in the afternoon and early evening after I’ve gotten my concentrated thinking completed in the morning and early afternoon. Often I wake up by 4:30 a.m. I like to get up early and I like to work in the morning. But this also means I often have extra long days when there are evening appointments.

When you don’t work a 9 to 5, there are some incredible benefits. But there are also negatives. When a project isn’t getting done, I’m the one doing it. If we have to pull all-nighters editing bull videos, it’s me. Which we do, every year. If there’s something messed up on the website over the weekend, it’s me taking care of it.

I take some of that beautiful flexibility during the week so I can put those hours elsewhere. Recently I hired an assistant who comes with me to various appointments throughout the week. Quickly I realized she would meet her 40 hours a week by Wednesday!

Having an assistant has given me the opportunity to see how many hours I’m really working and evaluate how I can cut that down. Now I’m working to increase the efficiency of my productivity so I can work less.

To put thought into action, I took this past weekend off. I had a photoshoot in Bozeman Saturday morning and then drove to Kalispell to spend the rest of the weekend with my boyfriend and attend his work Christmas party. Afterward I was able to visit other friends I have in the area.

It’s important to enjoy quality time with those I love because I am the type of person who can just work work work. I love to work. I love my job. I love my team, and I love our customers. It’s easy to get caught up in all the hustle. But it’s important to nurture our relationships, take breaks, and live a high quality life.

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