I love what I do.
I get to photograph people all the time, and show them their worth through that. I get to connect with so many local business owners, and collaborate in different ways. Here's the thing, I don't get to do that but a small fraction of the time. I also have to sit at a desk, for 40 hours a week. Don't get me wrong, there's perks with that, but how in the world do I continue to work on my own business when I am not able to put forth the time to do just that?
Quick backstory about me; I’m 19 years old, and I started my photography business 2 years ago. Since then, I’ve went from 3 clients a year to about 20, finished high school, started college, changed degrees, worked retail jobs, changed degrees again, went to a foreign country to teach a photography workshop, changed degrees another time, got a full time job, and quit college. I promise I’m not even that much of a indecisive person, but hey this is my time for life change I guess! I have never seen myself as someone working a corporate job, but once I quit college, I knew that it would be my next step for a bit. So, I’ve been in “the corporate world” for about half a year now, and business is still going strong.
Y’all, I wanted to cry when I started my full time job. I had so many emotions. All of the sudden I’m in this really cool new part of my life, but oh my I was so stressed about not being able to take care of my own company! My heart was being tugged in so many different directions because I felt like I was working backwards as all my other friends in the small business world were quitting their 9-5 to go full time with their company, and then there was me. After about 2 months of work and realizing I hadn’t done anything for my own business, I knew I wanted to get back into it and really make sure I wouldn’t drift off again. I bought a planner, thought of every detail, and really just tried my hardest to work on it all on top of my day job. It required so many Saturday mornings sitting at a desk just to focus, really late nights, minimal sleep and maximum coffee, but once I got the hang of it, I realized I could make it happen.
I’m not saying it was the best decision, or the healthiest, but sometimes you just have to make it all work. This post isn’t about the golden steps to take to get it all to work for you, but I want to tell you something.
It. Is. Possible.
I mean it! You are going to do awesome things, both in your own business, and whatever day job you’re probably reading this at. Take some time during your lunch break to de-stress and think about small actions you can take. Maybe it’s something like outsourcing part of your business or even just creating canned email responses. Those small things can take you leaps and bounds!