When I started my photography business, I spent countless nights up till 2 am trying to get everything done. I was trying to learn everything I could about photography, manage the clients that I have, and work like a dog to continually find new clients. It quickly became un-fun. If I wanted to keep working as my own boss, I had to learn to delegate some of my tasks so I could still enjoy my business. At one point, I was redoing my website and I found a very cool website company where I could design almost everything on the site with a drag and drop system! At first I was so excited because I could build it to look however I wanted it to and I wanted my website to be uber cool. After many hours of trying to learn the software and coming up with a website design, I gave up! I learned that I was no good at designing websites. I thought I was, but no… I wasn’t. I also learned that building a website, even with simple tools, takes a whole lot of time. And this time was being taken from my number one priority, my family and also my business and talents. No bueno.
Then I met Into The Darkroom.
While I thought it was super cool to design your own site, Into The Darkroom already had super cool website templates predesigned! And unlike myself, they were really good at designing websites!
I purchased a template and uploaded my images into the galleries. It did take a little time to do this, but once it was done, I didn’t have to worry about it later. I was back spending the time I needed to with my family and with my business and I was a happy camper!
More recently, I needed to update the look and feel of my website again and it was so great to go see that Into The Darkroom had some amazing modern designs again! I have been thrilled with what they offer! It didn’t take much to update the site and get myself a more modern and updated look to reset my brand!
This experience was one of many that has taught me the value of delegation! As small business owners, if you try to do it all, your family and personal time will pay the price. It’s not worth it.
I thought I would share some of the things I’ve picked up on along the way from friends, family and inspiration that have helped me keep calm inside a sometimes crazy storm of entrepreneurship!
Delegating to professionals:
These are some of the obvious that can be game changers for you -
Housekeeper, lawn maintenance, outsource your editing, dry cleaners, accounting, etc.
Here are some not so obvious ways you can delegate tasks in your office and your home - these are very random, but all are very helpful!!
1 - Buy paper plates - I don’t use them everyday, but I always have them available for when I’m in a crunch for time.
2 - Find and intern - call the local colleges. Interns love getting the experience for their resumes, they can blog for you, do your newsletter, manage your money and more.
3 - Learn to speed edit - take the time to learn about presets, actions, batch actions and scripts.
4 - Let your kids and family help - whether it’s packaging prints, placing orders for you, or helping with meals and laundry, they will learn responsibility that will help them in college.
5 - Use Blog Stomp to quickly prep all of your images for a blog post - this is amazing!!
6 - Cook with a crock pot - throw it in before work and it’s ready when your hungry!
7 - Buy precooked meat - There are so many delicious and healthy meats that are now precooked, saving you the time of defrosting, prepping, and cooking. I made this my rule the baby number 6 came along, and it has made a huge difference in our afternoon and evening schedules!
8 - Use Trello - This is an amazing simple app to organize all of your tasks, activities, etc.
9 - Turn off Social Media and the Internet - Delegate specific times that you will hop on and check your SM accounts during the day so that it doesn’t take all your time!
What have you found to help you get it all done? Click on comments and share your tips, I’d love to hear them!