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Setting Personal Boundaries as a Photographer

Setting boundaries in your business is one of the hardest parts of being an entrepreneur. It’s really easy to let your work take over and consume your personal life if you aren’t careful. Here are my top 5 tips for setting personal boundaries, not only so you don’t drown in work…but also so you can enjoy the FREEDOM being in business for yourself is supposed to bring.

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1. Set Your Working Hours

Whether it’s 8-5, 9-2, or anything in between – set clear work hours and stick to them. Let your clients and vendors know that these are the hours you will be available for communication and schedule your email responses to go out during this time frame. 

Personally, I don’t edit at night or respond to anything important. I may open an email and read it but then I mark it unread and think about my response before typing anything the next day. My night hours are for my own personal leisure. 

2. Hire Help

Instead of spending hours working on parts of your business that you aren’t proficient in, outsource! You might also hire some help whenever you are overwhelmed with your workload to help you get back on track. 

There are plenty of ways you can outsource in your business:

  • You can hire a Virtual Assistant to handle your social media, blogs, emails, and other general tasks.
  • You can hire someone to set up your CRM to automate your client workflow and invoicing. 
  • You can hire an assistant to help with editing or packaging and shipping your products.

3. Automate It!

Anything in your business that can be automated should be! This includes things like your onboarding process – sending the contract, initial invoice, and any other documents. You can also automate your sales process (see this post to learn more about Sales Automations). 

4. Make Time for Family

If you have trouble turning off work then it’s time to prioritize putting your “off” time in writing just as you would a work obligation or appointment.

Aside from important celebrations, set aside some weekly or daily time to unplug from work and sit down with your loved ones. Turn off your notifications, put your devices in another room, and just enjoy one another. 

To help you stick with this, put it on your calendar and block it off so that you can’t schedule any calls or other work-related tasks during that block of time. 

5. Communication is Key

Communicate with crystal clarity what your clients can expect from you as far as delivery timelines on products or email responses. Of course, your clients are going to want to know when they can expect their beautiful photos, so let them know upfront what your turnaround time is to save yourself from the endless messages asking about it! 

And don’t forget to set up a vacation response if you plan to step away for more than a few days.

Make 2022 the year you commit to your personal boundaries! 

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