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All Those Hours Working? Not so Good.

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Work-life balance and allotting time for oneself are becoming increasingly common themes in the articles and feeds I typically read as part of my daily research routine. Here’s what science has to say about working more than 40 hours in one week, at least according to Inc. Magazine. Here’s my take-away from this article: “Don’t work more than 50 hours if you value your health, happiness, and connections to others.”

We’ll be talking about work-life balance and productivity in upcoming podcast episodes this July. In the meantime, read the full article below. It’s interesting and relevant to the freelance life:

Science Says You Shouldn’t Work More Than This Number of Hours a Week

Working too much can be counterproductive and even hazardous to your health. You’ve been warned.

Do you work more than 40 hours a week? If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, it’s hard not to, but all that extra time in the workplace isn’t necessarily a good thing. After a certain point, it can be counterproductive and even hazardous to your health, so it’s imperative to know when to say no to more hours.

Read the rest of the article here.

What Do Tequila, George Clooney and a New Business Have in Common?

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From the On The Media newsletter:

There’s a lot going on in the world right now that can make you feel down, dispirited, even depressed. That’s why it’s important to hold on to those stories of inspiration. Like the story of George Clooney’s tequila company.

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

George Clooney started a tequila company?
Yes, it’s called “Casamigos,” which sort of means “house of friends. And it’s the craziest story: he actually started it by accident!

I’m sorry, but you might drink too much tequila by accident. You don’t start a tequila company by accident.
Maybe you don’t, but Clooney did. He says he and his friend were drinking so much tequila that they realized they should just make their own. And eventually they were making and drinking so many bottles that they had to get licensed.

How much were they drinking?
About 1,000 bottles a year.

@#!?
Like I said, they really like tequila. That’s why they invented one that you could “drink all day without getting a hangover.”


So, water?
No! Although they do sort of market it exactly like that.

I don’t get what the big deal is here. Some rich guys opened a business, so what?
No, you don’t get it. It’s not about money. As Randy Gerber, Clooney’s co-founder, said, this tequila is about friendship and accessibility. They wanted to make a tequila that was affordable for everyone and “not be exclusive.”

Wow, that’s beautiful. So what’s next for Casamigos? Charity work? Opening the business up to community investment?
Oh no, they just sold it for $1 billion!

Like you do.
Like you do.

By the way, if you’re a podcast addict and into media and communications, “On the Media” is a perfect way to spend a little ear time. Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield are my heroes. Check out the site at: http://www.wnyc.org/shows/otm/

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Listen to Freelance Nation – Arlington Entrepreneurs’s New Podcast!

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We’re on the Air!

Announcing – Freelance Nation, Arlington Entrepreneurs’s new podcast!

Freelance Nation will be talking about all things self-employed, from business development ideas, marketing and more, all from a freelance perspective. We’ll also be talking about health and wellness for freelancers, along with work-life balance and all other issues that confront people who work from home. We’ll be tossing in a bit of philosophy, art and politics along the way.

Listen to our first podcast, an interview with productivity expert Marina Darlow, who will be the featured speaker at our upcoming Networking Seminar (don’t miss it!).

You can subscribe to Freelance Nation on iTunes, or listen to/download it right from our website!

Subscribe to Freelance Nation on iTunes.