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I have owned my photography business since 2013, however, it recently has kicked off the ground this past year (2016). Mostly because I have been able to put my time and effort into it more than I was in the past. Let me just say that owning your own business is very hard, especially when you’re working a regular job. I have come up with 5 tips to owning your own business that I have learned along the way.
- Love what you do: It’s taken me a long time to realize what I love to do.. and that’s creating beautiful images for my clients and also for myself. I have toyed with the idea of other careers but in the end what I want to do is own a successful business. After figuring this out – that’s when I was able to put more effort into what I love the most, being creative. So make sure before you start your business it’s something you love and are willing to invest all of your time and effort into.
- Don’t get discouraged: It will take some time before you become well known – I am no where near where I want to be owning my business, but I won’t let that stop me. You have to keep moving! You will not make a profit your first year that you’ve started your business and will probably spend more money lifting it off the ground than making money but that’s okay. If you continue working through it you will make enough that what you have spent to begin the business will be nothing in the end.
- Stay positive: Along with not getting discouraged; stay positive. It’s a new experience and you will fail at times, use it as motivation to continue! It’s a learning experience so use those failures to strengthen your business.
- Don’t stop: I have realized that I will not always have clients coming to me for photographs (especially in the winter time) but that doesn’t stop me from taking my camera out and snapping pictures of my best friend & I. You want to continue even if you’re not getting business at the moment. Practice makes perfect!
- You are your worst critic: Something that I currently struggle with is when I take the photos for my clients – I find things I dislike about the photograph. It’s something that I have to learn not to do. So instead of thinking negative, find 2 or 3 things that you LOVE about your work.
I hope that these tips I have come up with inspire you to continue with your dreams! I would love to hear what others dreams & goals are in life – leave a comment below!
The picture on top is from my first ever newborn shoot and the one on the bottom is a most recent one. This is to show that with practice you will improve your skills. Don’t give up!