Work Life Balance! Something so easy to understand, yet so hard to actually achieve? Let me guess. You started your photography business thinking that you’d click your shutter a few times, edit some photographs, deliver them to the client, and make bank like Scrooge McDuck? Well, alright, maybe you didn’t think it was that easy but it was close to that right? If you’re reading this you’ve probably already discovered that running a business is hard as hell. Sacrifices get made and while they get easier and easier, it certainly doesn’t feel good to neglect things you previously didn’t. It’s especially more difficult when those things are your friends, pets, family, or even yourself.
While I won’t be able to completely eliminate those struggles, I can certainly help. Here are 5 actionable tips to reclaim your sanity and reclaim some of your life so you can spend more time with the truly important people.
4. Take notes, keep track of everything.
We asked our community for their own work balance hacks. Here’s what they said.
“Honestly. it starts with knowing your business so that you can go in and not overbook/overwork yourself. Then set aside at least one day a week where you focus on home life.”
“I use the app “clear” as a checklist so I don’t forget anything. I can make multiple lists and reprioritize tasks on the list so nothing falls through the cracks.”
“I think it’s important to be able to say “no” to clients sometimes. There will be occasions where a client may not be the correct fit for you and in the end, it will end up causing you more work and emotional stress if you agree to the session despite your hesitations. If you’re feeling overwhelmed know that it’s okay to scale back and become more selective about what you take on. Your business will actually succeed more in the long run if you do less work with better quality.”
“Keep a timeline, Write. It. Down! Do the things in the order that they have to be done in. If it takes 16 days for a canvas or prints to be delivered make sure to order it 20 days before you need it. Nothing beats prior planning when it comes to delivering on time.”
“Outsource anything that isn’t something unique only you can do. Automate anything repeatable!”
“Time with my family is super important to me! Aside from shooting (which generally takes place in the evening), I have set office hours. When I clock out, I leave work behind so that I can be more fully engaged as a wife and mother. Knowing that I have specific hours devoted to work helps me manage my time better and provide consistent service to my clients.”