I don’t talk much about our full time jobs on this blog. We both work for a big corporation and I like to keep those details under wrap so nothing comes back and bites me in the bum! However, today I wanted to talk about juggling both a full time job and a business at the same time. It’s definitely not easy but we’ve made it manageable over the past few years.
When we first started with the idea of opening a business on the side 3 years ago, I don’t think we realized just how much went into it. We just kind of dove into it full steam ahead and suddenly found ourselves staying up until 1am on a regular basis working on the business and then waking up at 7am to head to work. Looking back, we were tired but it was well worth it! If we hadn’t done that in the beginning, we wouldn’t have such a smooth system in place as we do now. We have every step of everything we do documented and check mark each task we complete along the way. Sounds tedious I know, but it really helps us get everything done and never miss a beat!
I can honestly say, the main reason of why this is working for us now is because wedding photography doesn’t feel like work to us. We both absolutely love it. That being said, we make a lot of sacrifices to keep up with all of it. During the summer, we don’t have much time to enjoy BBQ’s every weekend or sitting on the beach drinking Pina Coladas on a regular basis. Most of the time, we come home from work and get right back to work. We miss a lot of parties with friends and family and don’t take enough time to do things for ourselves. But we’re working on that! Just recently, Pat and I have talked about limiting the number of meetings we take a week so we can have more time for us. I’ve stopped working out and I need to get myself some “me” time to do that a few days a week. I definitely need to make that a priority.
People ask me all the time if I ever want to do the business full time. My heart says yes absolutely! I enjoy doing it so much and it has really made me better as a person. My wallet and bills… that I have to work on! I don’t think most people know the costs to running a business unless they run a business. The cost of equipment alone… ugh! I don’t even want to think about! The first 2 years, everything we made went right back into the business. Now, that’s starting to turn around but I’ve decided just to keep doing what we’re doing. If I were go to full time in the future, I’d be ecstatic! If not, I will still be soooo proud of what we’ve accomplished! We’ve come a long way and I’m excited to see what happens in another 3 years from now.