Productivity Tips for Photographers Who Work from HomeJuly 26, 2017
The decision to go freelance as a photographer is becoming more and more common among those pursuing this medium.
While being self-employed has many advantages (like setting your own hours and being able to work from the couch in your pajamas), it also comes with its own set of unique challenges.
The biggest hurdle freelance photographers face? How to manage their time effectively.
If you too are struggling with this common issue, don’t fret. Today we’re going to share the best productivity tips for photographers who work from home. Hooray!
Create a Dedicated, Distraction-Free Workspace
While we did mention that being able to work from the couch was one of the perks freelance photographers can enjoy, it’s really not a wise thing to do. Why, you ask? Because how tempting would it be to switch on the television, when instead you’re meant to be answering emails or editing sets of images?
If you’re lucky enough to have a dedicated office space in your home, then take advantage of it. Alternatively, you can set-up a desk in a spare corner of one of your rooms. As long as this space becomes a work-only zone, you’ll instantly find it easier to feel motivated.
What’s more, you also need to ensure this space is free of any distractions, such as video games, televisions, or sweet treats. Basically, anything that might tempt you to stop working and focus your attention on being non-productive.
For those of you working at home, you’ll probably be in-charge of your own schedule too, dictating when you work, what tasks you do, etc.
That’s why it’s super important to remain organized at all times. After all, you don’t have a boss peering over your shoulder all day long to have a stern word with you if your tasks aren’t completed on time.
Fill your home office or workspace with a week-at-a-glance planner, monthly calendar, to-do lists, and anything else that will keep you on top of your freelance workload.
If you’re more of a tech-head and would prefer to keep your tasks, meetings, and deadlines in some form of digital calendar or planner, go right ahead! The trick is doing what works best for you.
Next, make sure every important detail, task, job, etc. is recorded in its rightful place. Make a habit of filling-in your week-at-a-glance planner every Sunday evening or Monday morning and place your monthly calendar in an area you look at every day (such as in front of your desk).
Set Business Hours
It’s easy (and very tempting) for work-at-home photographers to sleep in, take long lunch breaks, and complete work into the early hours of the morning. In fact, many of us have fallen into this trap at the very beginning, before realizing that it’s actually counter-productive.
Instead, set regular business hours (such as 9 to 5, for example) and stick to them. Don’t forget to set aside half an hour each day for a lunch break too.
Here comes the tricky bit though: promise yourself you won’t do business-related activities outside of those hours (unless it’s something absolutely urgent or a photo shoot that requires you to work earlier / later).
That means no replying to emails after these hours (again, unless they’re super urgent, but in most cases, they won’t be!).
While some might not feel comfortable with this method, it’s certainly recommended to those photographers who thrive with a set routine and have larger responsibilities outside of work (like children to take care of etc.). Plus, it’ll help with productivity in the long-run because you can no longer put-off tasks and tell yourself you’ll do them ‘later tonight’. Clever!
Keep Your Equipment and Tools Nearby
When you have everything you need accessible to you within your workspace, it boosts productivity because you won’t have to take time out of your work by walking away to look for certain things.
Make sure all of the photography tools and equipment you’ll be using on a daily basis are located nearby, and don’t forget the office necessities which are easy to overlook at first: pens, notebooks, highlighters, printing paper, printer, laptop, required cables, ruler, etc.
Display a Moodboard of Your Goals
It’s easy to be productive day after day when you’re staring at visual reminders of your goals. The easiest way to do this is to create a little collage of images and quotes that represent what you’re working towards.
For example, it might be a particular holiday, a luxurious new car, or even your dream camera /lens model. It could be a concept (like happiness), or even photos of your loved ones who you enjoy making proud.
The sky is the limit with this one and it’s really up to you what you want to place here. Just remember that it’s meant to continually motivate you to work hard for your dreams. Keep that in mind and you can’t go wrong!
There you have it – our best productivity tips for photographers who work from home! Will you be making the switch to being a freelance photographer anytime soon? Best of luck to you if you are!