The flexibility the average photographer enjoys allows your photography career to be a lifestyle business – one that fits around your schedule and your family.
That’s a big reason why so many photography hobbyists reach a point in their experience where they ponder making money from their craft.
Perhaps you’ve already charged a friend or two a small amount for a photo shoot. Now, you’re wondering if this photography business can sustain relatively regular income without sacrificing the lifestyle and attention to your family you want to maintain.
Or, maybe you already dove head first into the world of professional photography and now you’re wondering how you can manage to bring more balance back into your life while still earning income from it.
How To Add Work-Life Balance To Any Photography Business
You don’t have to compromise money for life balance or life balance for money.
Here are ten actionable tips for adding balance to your life as you continue to launch or grow your photography business:
- Create at least one part of your day when you turn off your devices and let your calls go to voicemail. If you have kids, this is your time to show them that they’ve got 100% of your attention – no compromises.
- Before you end your workday, create your to-do list for the following day. Hitting the pillow knowing that you’ve got everything organized for tomorrow lets your mind rest and drift off to a restful night’s sleep.
- Use a timer to allocate dedicated time toward your business tasks. It’s amazing how focused you can be when you’ve preset 10, 15 or 20 minutes to do something for your business.
- Complete your jobs swiftly. When you ship off edited images or printed products you can focus your total attention to the next project, rather than always feeling like you’ve got too many projects or jobs happening at once.
- Consider outsourcing the editing of your photographs or, perhaps, another task within your workflow. If you find something that can be done elsewhere at a nominal cost, you’ll reap the rewards in time spent with family or on marketing for additional work.
- Create rhythms of things you do every week to make your work function more predictably. For example, balance your finances once a month, write blogs every Monday for two hours, edit photos every Friday, and book client shoots on Tuesdays and Thursdays, etc.
- Ask others in your life for help. You don’t have to do it all yourself.
- If you’re going to do work after the kids go to bed, give yourself one assignment, not ten. Your rest is important to yourself, your business and to your family.
- Become obsessed with planning. Nothing brings a sense of calm and ample time to get things done as a good plan does for all the things you do inside your photography business.
- Understand the vision for your business before you get much deeper into it, so you can ensure you make wise, strategic choices moving forward.