Wow…How fast a year has gone!! Today marks exactly ONE year since I took the jump into persuing photography full-time, and what an incredible year it’s been! I’m beyond blessed to do what I love and make a living doing it. This past year has presented me with so many amazing opporunities, and freedom that I never had working as an engineer full time. I’ve been able to put an emense amount of energy into my business, and it’s been a thrill to watch it grow! I truly have the most amazing couples who believe in what I do!
This past year has given me the time I need to discover myself. Discover my strenghts, what makes me tick, what motivates me, and what challenges me to better myself. It’s been a year of traveling, learning, teaching, leading, and meeting so many new friends! The bar is set high for this upcoming year, and I couldn’t be more excited for what’s in store! I’m working on so many projects for my business it’s ridulously fun (and busy), and I can’t wait to share them with you!
So with all that’s been said I want to share with you some things I’ve learned during this past year. Things I believe can help you no matter where you’re at with your business.
Find your “Why”
Two weeks after finishing my career as an engineer I attened Zach and Jody’s Photography Business workshop. Before we got into talking about setting goals, branding, marketing, etc. we began with asking ourselves, “Why am I doing this”. It’s a question not many of us ask ourselves when we set out to do something. But as I found out the “why” is what drives our business and helps us to define our values within our business.
One of the most important things I ever did for my business was set goals. I set goals that were realistic, measurable, and achievable. I had goals I set to hit for the year, the month, and for the week. They ranged from how many weddings I wanted to book to how many books I was going to read for the year. I’m proud to say that in just under two weeks I’ll get to cross another goal off my list by participating in my very first Showit Live!
By far the biggest challenge I faced was managing my time. When you go from working a 9-5 job to having virtually all the time in the world you would think it’d be easier to manage your time. WRONG! It really takes self-discipline to hammer out the work you need to do. Once where your 9-5 days were filled with work with a boss looking over your shoulder…your 9-5 hours of self-employment are now filled with distractions (aka Netflix and Social Media). After a while I learned to make lists of things I needed to get done and worked on crossing each one off one by one. I tried multitasking… which worked terribly for me! Instead I made sure to focus on what I needed to get done until I was able to cross is off my list.
A HUGE time saver!! When you’re running a full-time photography business you have so many tasks like editing, e-mails, handling finances, marketing, album design…the list goes on and on! All these tasks can take time which adds up! Not to mention they add no real value to your business, so why spend more time if any on them!? When you create systems for your business you can reduce the time it takes you to complete these tasks and give yourself back the time you need for more important things.