For realz, we are in business because we want to have the freedom to do what we want.
Two seasons ago, I stopped working weekends because I found that I was missing so much. I felt ashamed and exhausted. Listening to my kids say, “Mom isn’t gonna be there” or “Oh, yeah, you have a shoot”, made me feel like a total failure. The last straw was when I missed my oldest daughter’s senior homecoming. SENIOR HOMECOMING!!! What the heck! I will never get that time back. Ever. Can you relate?
So at that moment I decided to not work weekends. PERIOD. I didn’t want to miss the small amount of time I have left with my kids. I now have two kids in college, a senior that is graduating this June, a freshman and 7th grader. We all know how fast time flies by. It’s like we blink and 10 years goes by. I don’t want my kids to remember me missing their game, play or even senior homecoming for that matter.
Here’s the thing, people are already a fan of your work. How can you tell? Because they contacted you in the first place. They saw your style and images and liked, or better yet, LOVED it! We are a business. Like most doctor offices, they don’t make special appointments for those who can only come in on Sunday afternoons. They have a set hours and so should you.
Start by looking at your calendar and cross out Saturday and Sundays (w/a sharpie I may add; that way it’s harder to pencil someone in because that spot is crossed out). If this is not possible because you still work full time, then compromise by scheduling two weekends a month or whatever works for you. The key is to commit to the days you only want to shoot/work. If your potential client asks for a Saturday, simply say “I’m not available but I have xyz [date] and xyz [date] available, would any of those dates work for you?”. Chances are they will take it.
When can you start?
Start now. Well unless of course you already have something scheduled. Honor that appointment. Starting now, only schedule the days you are open and cross out with a sharpie the days you are not. (It’s hard to write something in a box that is already crossed out. Especially if you are OCD like me and don’t want to use white-out because it will make your calendar look ugly.)
If I want to work a Saturday, it’s my choice. You too should be able to choose.
This is your business. Be the CEO of your business. Create the schedule you want.
Over to you. Leave a comment below if you learned something new and/or appreciated this post.
Have a great week!