How do you balance a day job and a business on the side?
I’ve not been doing this wedding photography malarky long. I have a few weddings under my belt now but my fledgling business is in its infancy and I’m still learning and developing.
In fact if I ever stop learning, or think I have stopped learning, it’ll probably mean the death of my creativity so I guess the fact that I feel there’s always more to do/learn/find out/try is a good thing on one hand.
On the other hand it’s a lot of pressure. I have a (pretty stressful but fairly well paid) day job too and for the last two weeks I’ve arrived home from work only to spend another few hours working on photography stuff.
If I’m not editing photos I’m looking at other photographers’ work or emailing clients or worrying about how to get more exposure or how to be better or how to attract clients. It’s pretty exhausting.
I guess at some point I’ll have to choose one path and one path only. While I’m walking two paths I can’t ever really give either thing the attention it deserves. My day job is less of a priority now (although I’m still doing everything I should be doing!) because I have found The Thing That I Want To Do and the photography doesn’t always get the attention it deserves because I’m sometimes too knackered from the day job.
I’m unlikely to earn as much from photography as I do from my 9 – 5 but I’ll be a million times happier. I just need to make the leap. I’m not quite ready for it yet – I still need to build my client base and I have a wedding to pay for next year – but I will make the jump at some point. And that thought keeps me going when I feel as exhausted as I do today as I prepare to shoot a wedding and two family portraits this weekend.
I’m not moaning. Please don’t think I’m moaning! Are you in the same boat? How do you balance all of the things that you have going on?