We had the good fortune of connecting with Jen Boyle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jen, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
My balance has changed so much from the inception of my business to now. I began this business with what I had seen growing up: I learned so many valuable lessons about delegation and defining a work / life balance from my parents. After I found my first client, I didn’t realize just how much valuable time people are losing to work or mundane to-do lists and how many little things on the home front seemed to slip through the cracks. I started working, maybe a little too hard, on both myself and my business, learning time management tricks, tools of the trade, and being exceptionally attentive to detail – especially with organizing a whole household. I saw this need for more time in other’s lives and realized that while I was the answer, I also can’t do it alone. After establishing my client base and my business’ trajectory, I made it my goal to keep growing, keep hiring vendors, and keep bringing on awesome team members. Only now I’m realizing we’ve been so busy and so focused on the details of making every family happy, I might have lost sight of my bigger picture.
The groceries, the travel logistics, the shopping, and organizing, all of these details for our clients are beyond important. But I realized other people could benefit and learn this system of success. I’m finally taking a step back, putting more balance into my work / life dynamic and reassessing my vision. At the end of the day I know I’m refining a very specific skill set that very few people may have access to. So now, I want to focus my efforts towards helping others. I can’t do that with my existing structure and goal set, because now it all feels too small. I want to share this with the world!
With this next chapter of my life, I wanted to focus on sharing this knowledge base with others and enabling individuals to start their own businesses and better manage their own work / life balance. I understand the value of my own personal time, so I want to focus on giving others the chance to have more value in their time. I’ve refined my nearly decade of experience, life lessons, and plans for growth into a program I think will really add so much value in the lives of others. Soon, I’m going to be releasing a book, a tailored training class, and so much more! It will be the complete starter guide to developing, launching, and succeeding in their own business as a Lifestyle Manager. I want to give everyone the chance to be the master of their own work / life balance and live their dreams.
What should our readers know about your business?
A “Lifestyle Management” is the unknown necessity of the modern world. My team and I live every day to give our clients back MORE. MORE time, more freedom, MORE comfort, MORE success. We are the concierge, personal assistant, accounting, travel planning, and everything in between one-stop-shop. We do that service in day-to-day ways, like managing calendars and household staff, expense analysis and bill pay, overseeing household logistics, and performing assorted other related requirements, but we also support our clients in much bigger ways. My team has been known to pull off lavish parties with less than three days’ notice and plan decadent travel excursions most people have never even heard of. From day one, I decided to not structure myself like any other lifestyle company out there. I did tons of research on companies like mine in NY, LA, and overseas, but I never felt they offered enough value, because nobody was offering one-on-one, boots on the ground, real work in the home and with the clients directly.
Because of my clients, I thought about time differently. I knew that more time and maximizing my time would be most valuable to me, to a business owner, to an athlete, to anyone driven by success, so I really focused on that. My whole objective is to set up systems inside their home and focus on the goals of their desired lifestyle to make things run smoother and save them time. I was going to be proactive and take charge instead of asking them for a list. I knew from running my own business that most of my clientele would be the people who woke up, maybe worked out, went straight to the office, sat through meeting after meeting, then either had a dinner meeting or more prep work, jumped straight to bed, only to have to fly out the next day for a business trip. Or if you’re like my professional athlete clients, it was game, sleep, wake up, therapy, practice, therapy again, sleep. With these things in mind, I could discern plenty of areas of need, and quickly be the solutions. For example, if I knew a client has zero time to perform all the shopping, decisions, prep work, and cook time required to eat well – I hired a chef. I found every leaking sink and broken door and called the handyman. I did the laundry, took the dry cleaning, set up structure and organization to make mornings and travel simpler, and hired staff as needed – I did it all. I gave my clients the functionality and peace of mind they’d been needing in their homes for so long. By now, I can just walk into a new client’s home on our first visit together and can tell them where they needed help before they even gave me their list. When you are hired for a job like this, people expect you to know what they want, and I knew that.
But as anyone knows, running a business is never easy. It has been a long road of sacrifices, sleepless nights, stressing over employees or clients or vendors, and the world judging you constantly on top of it all. I have to reflect back to why I wanted to start my business in the first place to help myself stay focused and shake out the negativity. I love people. I love making people happy. I love taking care of them. I wanted to add value in their lives that most people didn’t know they could ever have, and most of the other offerings in my field didn’t even know how to add. I’ve been blessed to watch my business grow and now I want to give others the chance to change lives and learn and grow and better themselves in new ways.
After all these years of wanting to change the world, I also want to change the game. Through writing a book, developing courses, and cultivating new materials specifically tailored for anyone who wants to be a Lifestyle Manager, I want to make a path for others to build new skills and grow. I’m creating space not just for the success of others, but for this industry of service to evolve. I have never felt such love and happiness in knowing I am doing the right thing for other people. I want the world to know: you don’t have to go with life on your own, you can ask for help. More often than not, people are good and want to help you become better. If you come from love in everything you do, you cannot go wrong.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The nice thing about Denver is that it is so compact. You can walk almost anywhere or take a 10 min uber ride to Highlands and Cherry Creek. So close with all the sports, that I have had several days of going to the Broncos game, then walking to the Nuggets game. I love that about Denver! The food scene is pretty unique as well!
So if I had a friend come into town for a weekend, there are almost too many options in Denver to pick from! I absolutely love our city! My weekend would be action packed for the win. I would have them stay at the 4 Seasons, and be sure they have a glass of wine at the Edge bar when they arrive. Then we would check out Barcelona Wine Bar and hit a Nuggets game that evening. The next day we would go on a hike in Boulder and a walk through Pearl Street, and go to Top Golf on the way back to the city. If we weren’t tired after that, we’ll dress snazzy and go to 54 thirty rooftop for a drink, then end the night at Le Bilboquet in Cherry Creek. Sunday, we could visit Snooze or Sassafras for Brunch and take a walk on Larimer Square, then check out the amazing graffiti art in the Rino area. Love love love the art scene in Rino.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There have been so many people that have helped me along the way. I’m so grateful for my parents, showing me amazing values like time management, leadership, and how to handle money. Grateful for the good teachers and the bad teachers in school. They taught me how I wanted to treat people. Grateful for understanding the importance of volunteering at a young age, and community involvement is a big part of what I do to this day. Grateful for every client, every business owner, every leader along the way that believed in me, gave me pointers, gave me books to read, and introduced me to other business owners. Every experience has changed and molded my life to where I am now. Life is as good or as bad as you make it.
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