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Balancing the Grind with Alexis Grant, Founder of They Got Acquired

Alexis Grant is the founder of They Got Acquired, a media company that shares stories of companies that sell for $100,000 to $50 million, revealing insights that lead to life-changing exits.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

I’m the founder & CEO of They Got Acquired, a media company that features acquisitions of online businesses and the founders behind them. 

Previously, I was EVP of Content at The Penny Hoarder, a personal finance media brand, where I worked alongside the founder as the third employee to scale the company’s content operations. I also founded The Write Life, an online community for writers I sold in 2021.

I began my career as a reporter at the Houston Chronicle and U.S. News & World Report, before growing a boutique content marketing agency, which was acquired by The Penny Hoarder in 2015. I live with my husband and two young kids in Harpers Ferry, WV.

2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

I usually work from 9am to 3pm four or five days a week, then add some extra hours here and there in evenings or on weekdays whenever I can fit it in.

I focus on audience building and product building in the mornings, and take calls two or three days a week in the afternoons. While I like to have as much focused work time as possible, I’ve found “networking” calls to be important during this early stage in terms of connecting with brand partners, contractors and entrepreneurs who want to sell their business.

3) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

It means my work goes around my life rather than the other way around, and I take a lot of vacation time (“a lot” by American standards, anyway). 

I pick up my kids from school at 3pm three days a week, and often take hours out of my workday to hike or work out. Since my work is flexible, I pick up hours here or there, whenever it makes sense around family time.

Depending on the time of year, I like to get up early and work for an hour before my kids get up.

4) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?

I like getting up early to get an hour of work in before my family is up, but I often find myself falling out of that habit, so I have to constantly work at it. The hardest part is getting to bed at an early hour; if I want to get up at 5:30, I need to be in bed by 9ish.

5) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

Check out ours, of course! Here’s our newsletter and our podcast.

My favorite newsletter is Simon Owens’, about media.

6) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?

I love Sarah Peck’s take on this stuff. She runs a community called Startup Parent. Their mastermind for working moms has been transformative for me over the last few years.

7) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

It’s always a work in progress. Whenever I think I have something nailed, part of life changes, and I have to figure things out again! The older I get, the more I realize it’s about that journey, not the destination.

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