Editor’s Note: Military Spouse Entrepreneur Spotlight is a monthly Q&A designed to celebrate the successes and acknowledge the challenges of a military spouse entrepreneur.
In the past, we have highlighted Rosemary O’Brien of Pocket Parks Publishing, Kristine Schellhaas of USMC Life, Vista Bartholomew of VistaPix Media, Jessica Roberts of Aim High Writing College Consulting and Julie Riggin of Julie Kay Design Studio. This month, NextGen MilSpouse features Lauren Nygard of Lauren Nygard Photography.
Military Branch Affiliation: USMC
Years as a Military Spouse: 6
Business Name: Lauren Nygard Photography
Year Established: 2009
Tell us about your business: Lauren Nygard Photography is a boutique photo studio offering portrait sessions as well as wedding coverage.
What’s your biggest lesson learned as an entrepreneur so far?
I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is all about patience! I thought I was patient before, but, with my business, there have been times when I’ve waited for things: waiting for potential clients to get back to me, waiting for past clients to hire me again, waiting for clients to arrive for their photo session, and more. Managing the wait time is important so that I don’t get frustrated by it.
On managing work and life – is it all about blending or all about balancing? Why?
I think managing work and life is more about balance rather than blending.
I prefer to turn “on” and “off” the work switch rather than trying to maintain my working self along with my personal self at the same time. It helps me to focus at the task at hand – whether that’s editing a recent session, answering emails, spending time with my husband, or simply relaxing at the beach – rather than constantly trying to multitask.
Tell us the one thing that makes your dual-working military family successful?
Communication is key! Clay and I are continuously communicating about our various commitments to make sure we each know where we’ll be at any given time. It’s been a bummer when duty sneaks up when I don’t realize it, so staying on top of each other’s schedules has helped.
Choose one: Coffee, wine, water or soda:
Tell us one piece of tech you couldn’t live without:
My iPhone! (Though I do love being out in the wild with no service – a break is good every so often!)
WhatsApp, used to communicate with my husband when he’s deployed!
Must-have song on your productivity playlist:
I love listening to audiobooks when I’m working, so I don’t really have a song to share!
Leave us with some wise words…
Make the most of the time you have! It’s easy to get sucked into social media for hours on end, but being productive is so much more rewarding – whether that’s for your business or in your personal life!