It was the beginning of my chronic illness journey, and I kept unexpectedly having to take time off. All of a sudden every gallery I sent out was late. I would ignore my inbox for days - sometimes even weeks - because I didn’t want to apologize to yet another client for dropping the ball. And I wasn’t taking care of myself in the slightest because I was living at my computer for 16+ hours a day, skipping meals, and only taking time off to rest when my body forced me to.
This is exactly where I was at in my business just five years ago.
...felt like you’re just not cut out to be a wedding photographer. Maybe you've tried implementing systems before and it ended up creating more work for you, instead of taking some off your plate.
After trying out so many different systems in my own business, I almost gave up for those same reasons.
These systems weren’t working for me because I was just doing what everyone else was doing. As someone with a chronic illness, I have unique needs that I need to respect and set boundaries around in order for me, my business, and my systems to work their best.
So, I tuned out all the noise. I used the basic foundations to building systems, and I found ways to simplify and streamline every aspect of my business behind-the-scenes…
… And that’s when everything changed.
I stopped missing deadlines, and I started getting rave reviews from clients again, delivering photos that I couldn’t be more proud of. But what was most surprising to me was that I was able to bring in more money while working significantly less.
Five years ago, I was convinced my time as a photographer had come to an end. And now? I’m working a four-day workweek while running two different businesses!