Our kids are going [To school/preschool] 7:30am-4:30pm and that’s not a disaster either. People are upset because you have the possibility to make your own schedule. No one would have questioned that if you were working longer hours, but within healthcare or education.
You are probably right when you say that people get upset when I choose to work more even though I “could” leave earlier because I’m my own boss. That is true. If the companies were to continue in the same size as now, I could leave the office at 3pm and make it up by working after the kid’s bedtime. The challenge is when you decide to grow your business. In this case it’s about expanding ALL the companies Löwengrip Invest are partners with. If you want a different result than before, you have to put in an extra gear. That means more hours at work for me, as well as hiring more people.
I can’t have a 70-80 million SEK annual turnover (LCC, Flattered, and Löwengrip Invest combined), and be at the office 9am-3:30pm. That’s impossible when I’ one of the key people in two of the companies. That’s why I’ve decided to try being at the office 8 am-5 pm. I know a lot of people in my position that leave the office at midnight every night. Being able to work 8-5 and then a few hours after the kid’s bedtime, is a dream situation for me. I do all the administrative work at night so I can spend my days being present for my colleagues and go on meetings.
Our organisation is strong. If it wasn’t, I could never leave work at 5pm and travel four times per year and still keep our good results. I have it great if you’re considering our size and quick expansion. I have nothing to complain about. This is only possible thanks to Odd. That’s teamwork. However, long term my goal is to be at the office at 7am and pick up the kid’s at 4pm 1-2 days per week.
Your goal is to be styled every morning! Who does that, or WHO wants that? Not even the richest people! I’ve followed you for many years and I believed that you developed, keeping good discussions, and had a great future ahead of you. But now, and after your latest live videos you’re starting to go off the rails!
At the end of the day it’s all about saving time. I get more time with the kids in the mornings. When I’m at the office it takes 30 minutes for a makeup artist to style me, including the hair. During that time I can go through today’s agenda with my assistant, something that I always do every morning regardless. It’s about being efficient. I have interviews, client meetings, and other work for LCC almost every day that requires me to look “nice”, because I’m the company’s face out. I can’t show up to a client with messy hair when I’m talking about our styling products. However, the time it takes me to style my hair in the morning is significantly longer that if a professional does it. For me it takes about 20 minutes, and for a makeup artist it takes 5. If I can have a meeting at the same time it’s even more efficient!