So, you have small children and want to advance your home-based business?
Maybe you’re an accountant, photographer, consultant… Well you’re in for a rough ride, I won’t lie. Is it worth it? Ah, let me put it this way… There are many times over the years I’ve wanted to just give up. But over time, each instance I was better at what I do than before. I’m not where I want to be but I’m well beyond where I was when I started. (And we all have to start somewhere)
As for the title
Why the periods? Why the separation? (Working @home w/kids) BECAUSE mentally it’s incredibly hard to keep work and home separated even without children but WITH that added variable… Just breathe in deep and focus.
I’m happily married (10 years this June!) with 2 small children 1 year old girl and 4 year old boy at the time of this post. When we had just our son, it wasn’t too bad. We had various streams of income, and a much smaller workload for my multimedia projects (photo and/or video). I even stayed pretty active on my Xbox in my downtime (I’m a huge Mass Effect fan, since you were wondering. It’s pretty much the best game series ever made. Seriously, Google it.)
SO! in typical work-from home fashion… this blog post has been disrupted and cut terribly short.
- I’ll tell you more about work-life with Kid #1
- how work changed with Kid #2
- Overcoming obstacles & distractions
- My current situation
See You SOON!
The saying “you’re only as good as your last product” is true in so many ways whether you’re a Photographer, designer, or Congressperson. (insert laugh here: ______ ) As a creative and as a business owner it makes good business sense to stay on your audience’s mind. Let’s talk about that.
First off has it really been more than a Month since my last post here? Oh, for shame. The biggest reason that surprises me is, I’m a ball of info and opinion… I’ve always got something to say about SOMETHING! Sorry folks. I won’t leave you starving that long again!
So there are 7 days in a week. If you’re smart and dedicated, you probably spend a number of hours each week maintaining and/or improving your photography business. I spend about 30hrs a week and at minimum 2 hours a day… whatever you do, be consistent. (unlike my recent posts) Our world is so visual now, and people are so overwhelmed with data that you’ve got to somehow differentiate your work from your competitors. You can’t just post arbitrarily… Google and Facebook are looking for good, consistent content that sparks interaction. You should be able to do this every week.
Let’s stick with social media… You scroll down your feed and see picture, boring story, picture, cat video. As a photographer, sure, you want to share photos but share something OTHER people will want to re-share and/or talk about. Within 7 days you should be able to dedicate enough time to share something that sparks engagement. 7 days is a long time. PLENTY of time. I’m not going to dig too deep here. The day I came back to re-approach this post, one of my favorite podcasts was talking about this very thing -and did it quite well. I learned some things from this episode and I hope you do too! The link follows: