Day 1277 – The Freelancer’s Bible

So, today, my dad surprised me with this book! I can’t wait to get reading!!

Here’s a quick quote from the 2nd page!
“Freelancing is a fluid work medium that rewards nimbleness and flexibility. When it’s working well, there’s no better feeling.”
Sara Horowitz – The Freelancer’s Bible

I’m sure you’ll hear me talking about this book again!


Day 1271 – Advice On Working With Your Spouse In A Small Business

Yesterday, I alluded to a business Bret is starting…..

He is starting a personal training business!!! It’s a little different than most personal training businesses out there, but it’s really exciting! I’ll let him describe that for you. He’s still working on getting his Twitter/Facebook/Website together, so you’ll have to wait to learn more. BUT! I thought I would give some advice on working with your spouse!

As you know, I’ve worked with Bret as a business partner/consultant/second shooter/etc for the past 3 years. We believe that the husband is the leader in the marriage and household. It has been a big adjustment and large learning curve over the years. I learned that I am VERY independent, stubborn and prideful. These traits served me well as a single woman/business owner, but I really had to grow when I married Bret. I had to learn to say, you know what, I don’t know it all and Bret has some great points.

So advice for women business owners who are transitioning from being a single to being a married:

  1. Pray. Ask God to be glorified in your business and keep you at peace!
    (That second part is SO important!)
  2. Be humble.
  3. Listen to what he has to say about your business. It’s always good to have a fresh set of eyes.
  4. Don’t make changes right away that he suggests. Talk through them, use the knowledge that you have about your business to get on the same page.
  5. See him as a partner.

Now, this next part, I don’t have “seasoned” advice, but I’m still going to take a shot!

Bonus advice for couples who have two different businesses:

  • Your business is NOT going to be exactly the same as your spouses. I am a wedding photographer, Bret is a personal trainer. Our target client is different. We can certainly help each other out, but some aspects will be different.
  • When they’re talking about their business, don’t be thinking about your business. (This was Bret’s advice!)
  • See it as an adventure to take together.

So there you go! That’s where we’re at right now and some advice! It can be a really awesome and fun thing! Today was great, we sat and watched a few hours of videos about marketing/branding/etc. It was a great refresher for me and an awesome start for him. I can’t wait to share how this goes for us.

Do you work with your spouse in a small business? What do you struggle with? What joys do you have?

And what better way to leave you than with a picture of us being joyful in our work!



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Day 1249 – EntreLeadership, A Book I Can’t Wait To Read

A few weeks ago, my brother let me barrow a book, EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey. I was SO encouraged that I wanted a copy of my own. I didn’t think I had the money in my education budget, but then I had a free gift card from taking a survey and was able to pull it off!

It came in the mail today! I’ve already underlined the parts I’d written down so far!

Basically it’s a book on business about a guy who has hit severe rock bottom and taken it back up to a HUGE business. What I love is his principles about business and interactions.

I can’t wait to finish it and start applying the principles.


Day 1234 – Eight Year Anniversary….In Business!!!

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”
Psalm 9:1-2

I could really just share that verse and be done. I am beyond words blessed right now. I never could have made it this far without God’s blessing. So many circumstances that have brought me to this place. So many awesome clients. Such an encouraging husband. So many friends that pushed me. So many jobs that shaped me into the business owner that I am today.

Wow, I am actually out of words. So, since it’s what I do, I’ll share a few pictures of us doing what we do. 🙂

Day 1232 – Pulling Back The Curtain On My Photography Business Goals

I have spent my entire day working on 2013 pricing and planning. It has been a super productive and encouraging day.

I have set my goals for weddings, 10-15+ total. I have set my goals for portraits 5-10+ sessions.

I have set my limitations on work. Bret is in school next fall. He will be student teaching and they say to not have another job. I know teachers who have had jobs and know it’s possible. I’ve thought about not taking on any weddings September through December…but that’s a pretty busy time. I’ve thought about taking on what I can, but using another second shooter…but the bottom line of the business is a husband and wife team who care about the relationship we have with our couples. We want to give time and attention to each couple. So, we are limiting ourselves to one wedding a month in the Fall of 2013….so if that’s when you’re getting married, let us know quick so you can snag us for your wedding!

We will be taking on as many as we can in the spring and summer…so if that’s when you’re getting married, let us know too!

I have set financial goals. I am very hopeful that we will be 100% out of debt within a few months. 🙂

I have set purchasing goals. Be on the lookout for an off camera flash set up, finally. I have felt left behind in that area. And some sweet new lenses. Mmmm.

I have set samples goals. I can’t WAIT to get some new albums. I am very overdue. I don’t even want to think or talk about how old some of my albums are.

It was so exciting to put on paper my business goals. I don’t think I ever realized how important it was until now. I know I had a lot of luck and blessing in the past with my clients and business practices. But I’ll admit, I’ve felt stuck. I haven’t been able to jump to the next level…and as I sit here today, typing up what I want and how I’m going to get it, I feel like that jump to the next level is very soon.

Even if you’re starting out, I challenge you to take a day (or two) to really figure out what your goals are. How much business you want, what training you want, your weaknesses, your strengths, and how you’re going to get it all.

And since we’re talking about my business, I had to show off my babies….even if they’re getting old and can’t do everything the same as they used to, I still love them. 🙂