A Week In Chicago, IL, On $20 An Hour

9:30 a.m. — I get into the studio, set up my laptop, and pop my lunch in the fridge. I’m a designer in residence at an incubator that essentially acts as an accelerator to launch your fashion business. I pay monthly fees to the program, which is a nonprofit, to cover things like our computer programs, mentors, and workshops. I have to order some fabric samples I’ve had my eye on for a while. I’m only ordering four samples, and the first two are free, but they’re coming from the U.K. so the shipping is $15. It’s painful to pay that much for shipping, but it must be done. I can expense this later down the line with my accountant, so I put it on my business credit card. $17