As Bryan was working as a photographer, he realized he was spending a lot of time going back and forth from system to system in order to accomplish tasks and repeating the same tasks over and over again. He saw a need for process mapping and an all- inclusive management program. A system that would streamline his business. Sprout Studio was the result of Bryan’s need to solve a problem and streamline his business.
Bryan Caporicci is an award-winning wedding and portrait photographer based out of Fonthill, Canada. In 2014, he was awarded his Masters of Photographic Arts (MPA) designation by the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), making him one of the youngest Canadian photographers to receive this level of achievement.
Bryan is the host of the Business of Photography Podcast with over 2 million downloads. He teaches at workshops across North America, including industry-leading conventions and conferences such as WPPI, Shutterfest, and Canada Photo Convention. Bryan is also the CEO and Founder of Sprout Studio.
Become a Problem Solver
The best solutions often come from being in the trenches. When things aren’t working, we identify the problem and can find a solution. There is no better way to become a problem solver.
It’s important to realize when we are not an expert at something and hire people who are experts to do that task for us. For example, attorneys, accountants, and bookkeepers. Surrounding yourself with a tribe of experts who excel in areas you don’t excel at is key to overall success in entrepreneurship.
Marcus Buckingham in The StandOut Assessment goes through the example of we are taught our whole lives to focus on what we aren’t good at to become better. As entrepreneurs, play to your strengths and do more of, and outsource the things we aren’t good at.
Think about where your time is best spent in your business. Is it worthwhile to do all of the activities you are presently doing?
Having processes in place could mean you can spend more time on your business for creating more revenue, or it could mean having more time to spend on yourself and with your family. Being able to enjoy the fruits of your labor and take better care of yourself is so important.
Start with looking at anything in your business that you do more than once and pass those items through this list of filters.
- Does this need to be done?
- Am I the best person to be doing this?
- Can I automate this to be as hands-free as possible?
- How can I streamline this: templates, scripts, etc.?
- Systemize action items when in a place of clarity.
Have your Process Documented as a Contingency Plan
In The EMyth Revisited, Michael E. Gerber writes about the importance of process documentation for business owners. If you hire someone or in the event, you are not able to be present in your business, you need to have your processes mapped out. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are important for maintaining efficient workflows.
It also helps to have your processes mapped out and have a second set of eyes review them. As Donald Miller says in Building a Story Brand, assuming can make us ignorant. Don’t assume your process is perfect. Someone else may see a better way.
If you want to solve a problem, you have to get creative to find the solution. Tap into available resources and the humans you know who can help you. Your network and community are invaluable.
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