My team and I have been working on a technology that lets you to put links to retailers' pages on the products displayed in your pictures and videos. When you share them, people can see and buy the products you tag -- and you get paid.
This definitely isn't a 9-to-5 job. I'm thinking about the business all time, but I don't see it as work.
My average day looks like this:
6:30 a.m. My two-year-old son will make sure I'm up no matter how late I worked. I spend my morning in my home office on mundane tasks such as testing or setting up meetings. I also interview the next people we may want to hire -- I like to do that first thing while I'm bright and fresh.
9:00 a.m. I expect a call from my investor and discuss how everything is going.
10:00 a.m. There's a school across the street, and I'll take my son over there to play. I've definitely made game changing decisions for my business while my son plays on the soccer field.
1:00 p.m. I log into Skype to talk with my designers over in Europe. They're wrapping up their day jobs and just starting on mine.
6 p.m. We sit down for family dinner.
7 p.m. -- 10:00 p.m. It's back to talking with project managers in the U.S. and overseas. Then it's on to dreaming of what's next.
I haven't experienced not working in the evening for a while. But I think if you're passionate about your work, it's what you want to be doing anyway.
These 5 small businesses all make their products in the U.S. and are committed to keeping things that way.