Maintaining a work-life balance can feel impossible for the millions of women juggling the demands of family and home with the demands of their bosses. Making the kids-and-a-job thing work is hard no matter how many zeroes are tacked on to the end of your salary, but here's 9 rich ladies explaining how they make it work (with way more money than you'll ever have).

1. Jessica Alba

Happy Birthday to my sweet angel Havie baby! Can believe she's already 5!

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Jessica Alba makes changing poops more fun with amusingly patterned Honest Company diapers. But the mom to Haven and Honor told Parents that it's possible for moms who want to start a business to get "overwhelmed trying to do everything at once." She suggests they "lay out what [they] can get done now and what will take longer.​" Another tip for starting your own business? Be a popular actress first.


2. Debra Messing

My favorite sports date #USOPEN #MensFinal #EPICMATCH🔥

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The former star of Will and Grace and mom to Roman, 12, told PopSugar, "Setting boundaries for yourself and knowing your limitations are important. It took me a long time, but now I have a pretty good idea of how many hours I can work on a TV show and still feel like I'm able to be present when I get home." Why can't she just tell us how many hours so we can all set boundaries at our TV jobs?


3. Amy Poehler

Actress Amy Poehler, mother of Archie and Abel, found her work-life bliss in "surfing" her life. She told Huffington Post: "Find your center of balance...Face the waves, try to catch one, ride it and know it will end. But another one will come!​" Try not to drown, ladies!

4. Giuliana Rancic

My buddy and me ❤

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Fashion policewoman Giuliana Rancic, mommy to four-year-old Duke, tries to keep her work and home life completely separate. She told Fashion magazine: "What I do now is that when I'm at work, I'm 100% focused on work. I return all my emails. I don't just sit there and surf the Internet like before. And when I'm home, I would focus 100% on Duke and put the phone away." Still, if Duke wears the same overalls twice, he is busted!

5. Bethenny Frankel


The reality star and founder of Skinnygirl told Business Insider she prioritizes her daughter's schedule over work. "I don't miss her drop-offs and pick-ups, and I don't do work instead of being with her, ever," she said. Get an extremely flexible, somewhat optional job and you're all set, gals!

6. Hilary Duff

Feeling grateful❤️ #1

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Hilary Duff, actress and mom to four-year-old Luca, told Redbook it's OK to feel guilty sometimes. "It's hard to say that you really can have it all," Duff said. "I think you can to a certain degree, but fully loaded, pedal-all-the-way-down is tough. You're missing out on something, either on the career or on the family. When I'm really busy with work, I feel extremely guilty." Don't worry, Hil. Luca will forgive you once he's old enough to appreciate Younger.


7. Maggie ​​Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal, mom of Ramona and Gloria Ray, uses her experiences as a mother to inspire her work as an actress, she told Us Weekly. Okay, so that may not be so relevant to your life, but there's also this: she doesn't strive for perfection, saying "It's not possible to do it perfectly."

8. Julia Louis-Dreyfus

I'm so happy this moment was captured. @veephbo #tbt #wow

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Emmy-winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus—who has two sons, Henry and Charles—told People she recommends "get[ting] up very early" to get things done before your kids wake up. She doesn't say it, but it might also help to have a second majorly successful phase of your career once your kids are older.

9. Ivanka Trump

Snuggle time is the best time. #Latergram

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Ivanka Trump, mom of three and Executive Vice President at the Trump Organization, told Business Insider the real problem is expecting work and life to ever be in balance. "Life is a marathon, not a sprint," she said. "It's about taking a bigger-picture approach." Aw, I almost forgive her for being a Trump.