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3. When to Ask For Help - Outsourcing

Scale for Success Photography Podcast with Jennie Tewell

Release Date: 10/07/2020

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Scale for Success Photography Podcast with Jennie Tewell

Today's episode talks all about styled shoots for photography. How to create a styled shoot, the benefits of them, and how to execute one successfully.  I share about how to connect with wedding vendors, and how to approach them about doing a styled shoot with you.  I talk about the costs involved with the shoot as well as how t you can use a styled shoot to get into a new market and help attract your ideal client.  Connect with Jennie at the links below http://instagram.com/jentewell

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I created this podcast as a way to serve. I want to be able to help other photographers, and people in business learn the things that I learned the hard way. I have a strong desire to help other photographers learn and grow in their business. I also want to bring in some of the leading experts in the photography world that will share some of the ways that they do business.   First off, I want to put a disclaimer out there, and say, I’m not a naturally gifted public speaker. Actually, public speaking is one of my biggest fears. If you listening in to hear how good of a public speaker I...

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This podcast is for the photographer that wants to take their business to the next level. The person that wants to start bringing in a real income from their business. If you are wanting to go from part-time to full-time, reach 6 figures as a business owner, or even if you are just getting started in business, I'm here to help give you direction.

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This podcast episode will be geared more towards the photographer that has been in business for a few years, but I don’t want the beginner photographers to discount this as something valuable to tuck away for later.

You will need help with your business. I hope you get to the place where you have so much business coming in that you just can’t keep up. That is a good thing. That means you are growing. That means you are in demand. All of those things are great. What isn’t great though is if you stay at that place and try to do everything on your own. You are setting yourself up for failure.

I’m the type of person that doesn’t like to ask for help. I can do it myself. I don’t want someone else to come in and make mistakes. If I ask for help it makes me feel like I’m not capable, and that I’m week. All of those are things the enemy tells us.

You need to ask for help. You can’t do everything on your own. The most important thing you need in your life and your business is power from the Lord. With His strength, we can accomplish much more than we can in our own power.

Today I want to talk all about getting help before it is too late. Getting help before you get burned out... How can you begin to outsource some things so you are not overwhelmed, overworked, and exhausted.

When you begin to get help, it will bring back the joy you have for your business. Is that joy gone? Does photography feel like a job to you? Do you dread editing one more session? Does the thought of sitting down at your desk make you cringe? Can you even find the time to sit and work? Do you feel like you are accomplishing a ton in your business but your home or kids are suffering because of it? If you are saying yes to any of those questions then you need to outsource. I want to talk today about how to begin getting help. What you can outsource, and why you need to do it.

Outsourcing has become one of my favorite things to do. And that is hard to say for someone that doesn’t like to ask for help, but It has given me back the creative freedom in my business. And after you experience what true freedom looks like, you will never go back to the old way of doing business.

I know that a lot of people are hesitant when it comes to outsourcing.

First I want to talk about what your hesitations might be when it comes to outsourcing because I have had the same hesitations as well, I promise.

Number one, nobody can do it exactly like me. This is true, but if your business is in a place where only you can do everything in your business it will never grow. You have to be able to have the ability to train other people to do things as close to you as possible. Somebody once told me that if I could train somebody to do the job 80% as good as I can do it that I need to outsource it.

This really helped me to not seek perfection went outsourcing. That other 20% leaves room for grace and room to grow.

Another reason people say they don’t want to outsource is that they don’t have the money. This was probably my biggest fear when it came to letting go. I was afraid that it would take away from my income. I raised my prices exactly what the amount it would cost me to outsources was, and never looked back. It was such a small amount in the grand scheme of things that my clients didn’t even notice the price increase. And my income wasn’t affected at all. Actually, the opposite happened. My income grew because it gave me more time to focus on the things that help my business to grow.

I think the other big reason people don’t outsource is that they don’t know how to begin. There are so many options out there. It’s hard to know what will be the best bet for your business. There are virtual assistants, there are large companies that you can outsource to, and then there are private editors and private assistants. I have done a little bit of each. Right now, I personally am super happy with my private editors. My mom works for me. She does a lot of my client communication, and she also culls for my blog posts. And then I have a full-time assistant that does culling, editing, and album design. She only works for me, so she doesn’t work for a lot of photographers. I trained her, and it has been an amazing fit. I brought Julie on in my busiest season when I was desperate for help. I didn’t think I had the time to train someone new, but looking back I didn’t have the time to not train some. She has been a Godsend. I also just hired a VA to do some work for me.

I have used large companies in the past when it comes to editing, and I was pleased with them. I just personally prefer to work with the same person, and I really like that my editor does more than just editing. She is definitely more than just an editor but more of my personal assistant... But I know that can be a huge help. Photographers Edit is my personal favorite big box company for editing though. And it’s a great option if you don’t know someone that you could personally train.

If you are stressed out in your business it is probably time to begin outsourcing.

If you feel like you are working around the clock, it’s time to outsource. If you don’t have time to be the visionary for your business, you need to let go of some things.

You need to be the vision for your business. You are the only person that will have the desire to see your business grow as you do. Most of you I’m assuming has a personal brand. You are your brand. You have to be the voice of your brand. You need time to create, evolve, develop, educate, and expand.

If you are working behind the scenes on all of the day-to-day tasks it is hard to think ahead for the future of your business.

There is nobody like you. Value yourself. You are custom made. You are so blessed to be you.

Balancing your workload is tough. More Success doesn’t automatically create more balance. Learning balance early in your business will create more success, and More success will create more opportunities

Don't want to start until you know it'll be PERFECT

Don't wait - there are far more people out there doing things "pretty well" than there are people doing things "perfectly". You'd be better off doing things "pretty well" instead of waiting for “perfect”.

I’m not saying don’t strive for perfection, but don’t get so hung up on thinking everything has to be perfect before you can outsource. You have to wait until you begin making this much, or until you find the perfect person to work for you, or it just falls in your lap.

The first step to success is commitment. Commit to making it happen. Write now put a date on your calendar of when you are going to let go of the first thing in your business. And this doesn’t have to be editing. It can be anything.

For the longest time, I outsourced my blogging because the writing was super difficult for me. That’s one thing I’m not outsourcing at the moment because after making myself do it for a whole year, I have gotten much more comfortable at it, and I don’t hate it nearly as bad.

I personally think the easiest thing to let go of first is culling. Culling is something that you can train most anybody. You can hire someone at an hourly rate, and train them to know what you are looking for. I personally don’t enjoy culling at all. I hate it actually. I have no desire to sift through thousands of photos. I just don’t enjoy it. So for me, it is easy to let go of it. You might enjoy culling though. And if you do, find something that you don’t enjoy and start there.

I think the first thing you outsource needs to be something you don’t enjoy or something that just takes up too much of your time. As you grow you can begin outsourcing even more and more. I also don’t think outsourcing has to all be work-related. For example, I have someone that comes and cleans my house once every two weeks. Does that mean I don’t know how to clean, or I don’t have the time?

No, I can clean, and I an even make the time to clean because having a clean home is a priority to me. I don’t enjoy cleaning though. I enjoy the result of cleaning but not the actual process. But I also know that it is something that someone else can easily do, and it frees me up to spend more time working on something I enjoy and something that will grow my business. This is a no-brainer for me now, and honestly, it’s by far the biggest stress reliever ever for me. I’m trying to convince myself to move my cleaner to a weekly rotation.

What is something that you can let go of right now?

Repeat after me… I can not do everything. I’m not a failure if I get some things off my plate.

You will be a better person and a better business owner when you realize this. Stop limiting your growth and your potential thinking that you have to have control over every part of your business.

I went into business for freedom. Doing everything yourself does it make you stronger as a business owner.