The thought of becoming a Mum gave me anxiety. I didn’t feel like a maternal woman, I loved work, I enjoyed my freedom. I wanted Dave to myself, I didn’t want to “ruin” my body and I required 10 hours of sleep a night… but most of all I was worried that having a baby would impact my business in a negative way.
However, then Ruby was born and I fell in love. And one of the by-products of wanting to spend as much time with her as possible was valuing my time in a new way. As much as I loved being with my clients every job was time away from my family.
I began to operate less out of ‘love for photographing’ and more from a business mindset. This was a first for me as I’d always told myself the narrative that I ‘wasn’t business-minded’ because I hadn’t had exposure to business-savvy people growing up. This limiting believe is one of the many roadblocks I’ve had to overcome to move forward in my business and if you’ve never done work around mindset I encourage you to do so!
DOING THE NUMBERS
I was suddenly much more interested in doing the numbers. It was a bit of a shock to realise I’d been working for free or for minimum wage for a long time. I got very real about how much I wanted to earn and knew what my minimum hourly rate was to justify leaving the house. I began to value my craft, my experience and what I was creating for people. I began to be unapologetic about my prices and the value I was giving my clients.
I realised I couldn’t do it all on my own and began to outsource the things that I didn’t enjoy or someone else could do. The reality of this is great, but it does take a bit of facilitation to find the right person. If you want to find out more about how and why I outsource click here.
My end goal will always be to have a business that I love, that works in with my family life. I hope this post has connected with you or inspired you in some way!