This one goes out to all of my friends who are working from home. Whether you’ve been working remotely because of the “you-know-what” or because you were finally able to ditch your 9-5. Whatever your situation is, working from home isn’t as easy as it seems on the surface. I’ve been working from home as a full-time intimate wedding & elopement photographer – and educator – for years at this point. Yet I still hear, “It must be so nice working from home.” And while that’s true (I freaking love it), it’s not without challenges. Sound familiar? In the 4+ years I’ve been doing the dang thing, I’ve learned so much valuable information. I’m so excited to be sharing 7 work from home tips for entrepreneurs. Let’s dive in!

TIP # 1 – Get Ready for the Day

Look, it can be so easy to roll out of bed first thing in the morning, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and plop down on the couch to start your workday. But trust me… this isn’t the most efficient, effective way to be using your time. 

When you work from home, it feels like there’s almost no point in getting ready for the day, right!? Who wants to work in jeans all day when you could be in your pajamas? But believe it or not, by wearing your pajamas all day, your brain is in “relaxation mode”. Your brain is literally thinking it’s time to snuggle up on your couch or even take an afternoon nap back in bed. 

I urge you to get dressed in the morning! I’m not saying you need wear slacks and a blouse, but at least put on some different sweatpants or leggings than you wore to bed. Brush your hair and your teeth, and you’re ready for a successful start to your day! 

TIP # 2 – Establish a Workspace

Fun fact: my husband and I live in a 1-bedroom apartment; I don’t have an office! I do have a desk, though. Which trust me, my friend, it’s a game changer! Just like getting out of your pajamas, it’s so important to work at a space dedicated just to your work. Even if you only have a counter; pull up a stool and dive in. 

Being in a dedicated space not only keeps me from getting distracted from turning the TV on, it establishes a natural divide from work and “play”. 

TIP # 3 – Put Your Phone in a Different Room

I am the first to admit that I am an aimless scroller. It’s way too easy to just open your phone out of habit and scroll through Instagram or TikTok. My biggest tip to avoid this perpetual distraction?

Put your phone in a different room! Even if you work from your phone, there are plenty of tasks that you can do on your computer in lieu of your phone. I’m also guilty of thinking “oh well this is for work!” even if I’m catching up on my friends’ latest IG Stories. So turn your volume up so you don’t miss a phone call, and put your phone away. 

TIP # 4 – Set Aside Designated “Deep” Workdays

Whether it’s once a week or once a month, set aside some time where you’re able to really dig deep into your work. For example: maybe the first Tuesday of every month, you write all of the captions for your Instagram posts. Not only will you be at peace knowing that task is done, but you will have uninterrupted time to complete that task! 

Pro-Tip – Close all of your tabs on your computer while completing each “deep” task. Don’t take any meetings on these days. This is your chance to do “all” the things!

TIP # 5 – Take Breaks

No matter how much work is at hand, set a timer as a reminder to get up. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat down in the morning and before I know it… my husband is home… 7 hours later 😅  Since we got our puppy, Moss, I’ve gotten so much better at taking breaks – even if just to take him on a little walk or potty. Whether you have a pet or not, set a timer on your phone (that’s in another room) for 45 minutes. For those 45 minutes, focus on your task at hand and work as hard as you can. In the back of your mind, you’ll know that a break is just on the horizon.

TIP # 6 – Set Office Hours

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but I could shout it from the rooftops. Just because you work from home, doesn’t mean you need to be accessible 24/7!! You do not. Make your office hours known to your clients; put them in your email signature. Just as your clients will respect your office hours, you should to! This helps establish a health work-life balance which is a must when working as an entrepreneur especially!

TIP # 7 – Create a To-Do List

Whether you’re more of a pen & paper person or a digital person, put it allllll down. My mind is constantly moving – from work ideas to personal tasks. I’m a huge fan of doing a brain dump whenever I feel like I have 1,000 things on my mind. As soon as a thought pops into my mind, I put it on my list knowing that I will go back to it when I have time. 

There we have it, friends; 7 work from home tips for entrepreneurs. I’d love to hear if you have any additional tips that have shifted your productivity while working from home. Shoot me a DM over on Instagram (@morganelizabethphotos). 

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Hi babe, I’m Morgan! I am an intimate wedding & elopement photographer and educator based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I serve the adventurous and laid-back couples who are wanting to have a fun, memorable experience. Many of my clients have turned into my best friends; I absolutely love my job! I thought it would be a great time to introduce myself and have you meet the blogger behind Morgan Elizabeth Photography.

Top questions I get asked as a wedding photographer:

  1. How did I get started? 
  2. How did I know this was the job for me? 
  3. When did I know it was time to go full-time? 

I’m here to answer all that and more!

Background

About four years ago, I was working at a local college as an admissions counselor (and really enjoyed my job!). As time went on, I began to feel like what I was doing as an admissions counsel wasn’t fueling me, and was suffocating my creativity. The cliché of “there has to be something else out there for me” became the epitome of how I was feeling. But I didn’t know where to start.

I began to pray about it, wholeheartedly. I asked the Lord to open doors for me and make clear what my next steps in life should be.

For as long as I can remember, I have had a love for photography. I was that girl in middle school and beyond that would always carry a camera. It was constantly attached to my hip. There was a feeling that kept nagging me to pick up my camera again. If I wasn’t able to be creative in my job, at least I could be creative with photography as a hobby.

So, I picked up my crop sensor Canon T2i and started photographing anything I could!

My journey as a photographer

I reached out to my friends and family to practice! By no means was I a professional at the time; In fact, I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know how to use manual, how to pose my “clients” or models, how to edit, what it meant to have an editing “style”, and I definitely did not have a website. In the meantime, as I continued to practice, I quickly remembered how much I loved being behind the camera.

Flash forward 6 months or so — Bradyn (my boyfriend at the time & now hubs!) and I were hiking in Arizona with his sister when all of a sudden, I blurted “I’m gonna quit my job on Friday.” I shocked myself. This was a bit out of character and truly was not planned. Looking back, and even at the time, that was mind-blowing for me to say something like that. In fact, I felt like I was an imposter to the field, but my passion was stronger than my doubt.

Was I “ready” to go full-time? Absolutely not. Was I experienced enough? Probably not. But I truly felt like this decision was 1,000% the Lord because I was covered in peace. Even though I was scared, I knew this was the direction for me. So, I put in my 2-week’s notice at my job and began the journey.

The best piece of advice I received

One of the best pieces of advice I received was from my sister. She told me to “work my ass off for six months” and “give it all you got.” So, that’s what I did.

Six months is manageable – I knew that I could do six months. When thinking of the rest of your life, it is intimidating. At first, I started questioning if I could be my own boss, have an inconsistent income, and be successful without having a traditional “team”. I clung to my sister’s advice and worked as hard as I possibly could.

The craziest part? I called myself a wedding photographer, before I ever photographed a wedding – wild, right? Here’s the deal… It’s all about having confidence. I created a business Instagram and posted everything I photographed. I practiced, failed, practiced some more, and failed again. But, I never quit.

After one month of marketing myself on Instagram, a gal reached out to me and asked me to photograph her wedding (you better believe I was doing the biggest happy dance as I received that DM!). Did I have experience photographing a wedding? No, but she trusted me as a person and I knew I had the skills to serve her well. I photographed the wedding without an ounce of nerves, intimidation, or fear. That peace and confidence was all from the Lord. I immediately fell in love with wedding photography.

As we start to transition to 2022, I am so proud of myself to be able to say that I’ve been fully booked for the past 4 years. 

My encouragement to you

I love my job. I have been able to grow and scale a lot in my business as a photographer. My biggest encouragement to someone (maybe you) if they are wanting to become a photographer, is to START. Because, there is never going to be a perfect time. Similarly to my journey, I urge you to give yourself the space, grace, and creative freedom to start, fail, and start again.

I heard a quote by Marie Forleo once that said “Start before you’re ready. If you wait until you feel ready to do anything meaningful, you will be waiting for the rest of your life.” Let that sink in.

Pursue your passion, my friend. You absolutely won’t regret it. You got this!

Of course, if you have any questions about my journey, let me know below! Or, find me on Instagram @morganelizabethphotos – I would love to be friends!

Xx, Morgan

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Hello sweet friends! I’m Morgan — an intimate wedding, adventurous couples, and elopement photographer (and educator!) based out of Minneapolis, MN. I am a coffee-drinking, happy-dancing, Jesus-loving gal with an extreme love of meeting new people. I don’t have an introverted bone in my body and I eat pizza rolls like it’s my job.

Being a full-time wedding photographer has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember.

A Little Background

My passion for photography started a loooooong time ago. In middle school, I walked around with my crop-sensor Canon T2i camera attached to my hip. NOW? I travel the globe, doing what I love with the people I love most.

It’s been the most epic adventure and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

When I FIRST started pursing this passion, I was caught in a vicious cycle — I want to pursue photography, but I don’t have a business name. What the heck do I call myself? Oh, and do I need to upgrade my gear? Equipment is expensive. I don’t have money to invest into my gear. I guess I’ll wait.

Can you relate?

Knowing how to jump into photography, especially full-time, is TOUGH and can cause you to have many questions and doubts. You may be staring at that camera of yours wondering where to start.

You may be thinking:

  • What do these settings mean?
  • I want to photograph ___(fill in the blank),___ but how do I get there?
  • How do I market myself?
  • How do I build a portfolio with little experience?
  • Do I need a website? Do I create that myself?
  • l want to upgrade my camera and lenses, but that all costs money. Where should I start?

I FEEL YOU and we have ALL been there.

By implementing 5 steps, I was able to quit my 9-5 job within 6 months and pursue my passion full-time.

You ready? LET’S GO.

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5 Tips to Leave Your 9-5 Behind

shoot. shoot. shoot.

Get out and shoot anything and everything. It is so important to be comfortable and confident with your gear. Practice shooting in different lighting, experiment with your camera settings, shoot in different environments, research photography basics, etc.

Then, grab some models (friends and family are a great place to start!) and have them pose for you. Get comfortable posing, directing, giving cues, guiding and shooting!

Offer free or discounted sessions to build your portfolio.

Next step? Start building your portfolio! Once you have photographed your parents, siblings, friends, and roommates… It’s easy to feel like all model options are exhausted.

To start building a more diverse portfolio, consider offering free or discounted sessions! I started with social media. I put a “model call” on Instagram and asked if anyone was interested in doing a free session. Your models then get free photos and you gain experience and photos for your portfolio — it’s a win, win!

Free or discounted sessions are meant to help YOU build your portfolio, gain experience, and should only last for a short season. As you continue investing in yourself and gaining knowledge/experience, value yourself and start charging (even if it’s only a small amount!) in the beginning.

Market yourself.

You have been practicing with your camera and offering free/discounted shoots and now have a bit of a portfolio to show off. Now? It’s time to promote the heck out of your content.

I started with Instagram and that worked really well for me! The moment I started posting photography content, I switched my account from a personal to a business account.

Show up and show others what you’re learning! It will be fun to bring others along on this journey with you. Invite them in.

BE CREATIVE.

Stand out and be yourself. I wish I could scream this one from the mountain tops! Don’t try to fit a mold and be like other photographers you follow or are inspired by.

Find what makes you, YOU. Try new things and dream big. Listen to what sets your soul on fire and pursue your passion full-heartedly.

Celebrate the little victories.

You have been working your tail off and are making great progress — CELEBRATE IT.

You book your first paid session? GO GET ‘EM, TIGER. You’re second shooting your first wedding? HECK YES, BABE.

Share each victory. Tag your clients, post sneak peeks, receive reviews and post those dang reviews. Tell people how GREAT YOU ARE and why you’re worth investing in. Share how far you have come. Share what you’re learning! Brag about YOU.

Finally…

Stop waiting for the “perfect” time to get started. Get out there, start shooting, and work your booty off. There will never be a perfect time to jump-in. Your time is NOW!

These 5 steps helped me start from zero and allowed me to gain enough experience to jump full-time in under 6 months.

You are strong, talented, bold, and confident. You are made to do great things. NOW, go pick up that camera of yours, and go crush it!!

Xx,

Morgan

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