Day in the Life: Photographer and Creative Business Coach Lindsey O’Sullivan | Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a side hustler photographer and creative business coach? Now’s your chance! In today’s Day in the Life series, Lindsey O’Sullivan shares the ins and outs of working a full-time job and two side hustles, from start to finish. Enjoy!

Lindsey and I connected through a Facebook group and I was super excited to have her on the Day in the Life series because she not only has a full-time job, she has multiple side hustles!

Girl is busy, working her 9-5, keeping up with photography clients, consulting creative business owners, oh AND writing for a travel blog. Whew, I just got tired writing that sentence, ha!

I know many of my readers are working side hustles so I hope this post gives you some inspiration of how to fit it all in (which really means not fitting it all in at all, am I right?!)

Want to be featured in the series? You can check out the guidelines and how to submit here. I’d love to feature you!

Day in the Life: Lindsey O’Sullivan of LindseyO.com

My name is Lindsey and I am a creative business consultant + provider in my time, and a Project Manager during the day, on corporate time. By creative provider, I mean that I provide clients with creative services such as photography, and I also do some styling and modeling for brands. I am highly educated in Business at the graduate and international level, IT solutions, and Photography + Design. I have found purpose in leveraging those strengths to help others turn creative interests and hobbies into profitable journeys. This was my path into being a creative business consultant.

I am a strong advocate for well-rounded lifestyles. I believe our minds are like crystals, multifaceted. We should not be limited to shine in only one area of our lives. My mission is to inspire others to become multifaceted and to find a creative outlet they can turn into a second career path, for a more fulfilling life.

My life is insanely busy. I work full time as a Program Manager, and I provide and consult on the creative end of things in my free time. I’ve been able to make it work, and find it very fulfilling. Take a peek into how…

Day in the Life: Creative Business Consultant Lindsey O

8:30 am – Wake up

I am soooo not a morning person and never have been. I’m pretty fortunate now days to be able to work from home, so I don’t have get up super early and sit in traffic like the old days! I get to wake up at 8:30, I let my dog out, look at my calendar for the day and plan out the rest of the day. I plan my day in hour chunks based on the meetings I have, and things I want to get done

9:00 am – Start my Day Job

I’m a program manager for a large telecom company so for 8 hours a day, my life is in the corporate world. It is a huge struggle to maintain a corporate job and be a business owner because I feel like I am always racing the clock. Being able to work from home saves me because I cut out about 2-3 hours a day in commuting, and I can multi task and get things done during my lunch break.

11:30 am – Lunch

I typically skip breakfast (I hate breakfast foods and I’m a big fan of intermittent fasting) and I’ll eat an early lunch around 11:30 while I’m working. I try to eat pretty healthy so I’ll choose foods high in protein and try to mix in some greens.

12:00  pm – “Lunch Break”

I always eat while I’m working, and then I’ll take a break around lunchtime to do other things, clear my mind, etc. If I have yard work to do, I’ll use this time to do it, but most of the time I use this time to workout. I typically rotate what I do each day, and that looks something like this (but always changes):
Monday – workout legs
Tuesday – workout abs
Wednesday – run intervals
Thursday – workout arms and back
Friday – yard work

Day in the Life: Creative Business Consultant Lindsey O

Day in the Life: Creative Business Consultant Lindsey O

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5:30 pm – Done with work

I’m done with my corporate job and ready to dive into work for my clients and growing my business. I’ll usually take a little break just to clear my head, something like checking social media, walking outside.

6:00 – 8:00  pm – Serve my clients

As a photographer and creative business coach, I am usually working on something for at least one client a day. Whether it’s a photoshoot or a consultation, I schedule these for after work.

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8:00 pm – Dinner

Dinner is my favorite meal and I’ll usually eat a pretty big dinner, and usually pretty late at night. In terms of my diet, this is where most of my calories are (thanks intermittent fasting). It’s usually half and half if I’ll eat at home or go out to dinner. I think it’s good to get out of the house and spend time with people since I work from home so I actually eat out a bit more than most people. I don’t eat fast food, so I will try to get a quality meal at a great restaurant with great company! If I cook, my favorite things to cook are Asian.. So I cook a lot of Thai food, stir fries, and Japanese dishes.

10:00 pm – Busy work on my computer

I typically spend the last 2-3 hours of my day getting stuff done on my computer. I find that I am the most fired up at night, so this is when I’ll get the most work done. I’ll throw on a documentary or show on Netflix and get to work. This could be editing client photos, working on one of my e-guides, updating my website, creating blog posts, and usually is all of the above, lol.

12:30 am – Bed

I am definitely a night owl so being able to wake up at 8:30 every morning is a life saver. It allows me to work until 12:30 every night and still get 8 hours of sleep. I consider this a huge win and it is probably the #1 reason I haven’t put a priority on becoming a full time entrepreneur.. I honestly feel like I can do both!

Final Thoughts

I feel like in summary, I split up my weekdays into about half of the day on my corporate job, and the other half on my own business, with small breaks throughout the day to keep me sane and healthy. Right now, doing it all works for me but I also have been lucky to have a job without a commute, no kids, and not a ton of other distractions in my life.

I think that we are all different, and for me, sitting around watching TV after work sounds miserable because I wouldn’t be doing anything to better my situation or my future. If you’re finding yourself feeling like there is something you would like to work on in your free time, I’d love to talk with you on how to get a passion that you have off the ground! You can learn more about me and check out some of my e-guides including a free social media guide at http://www.LindseyO.com.

Day in the Life: Creative Business Consultant Lindsey O

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