5 Things I Wish I Knew When Starting My Business
This week I did a LIVE video over Instagram on the 5 things I wish I knew when starting my business. I wanted to have a place that reviews the topics I touched on during the LIVE. Usually, I use my BLOG to share my client & creative work. However, I will be posting a few personal & business related topics on here as well! SO - if any of you guys have questions for me, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or we can chat over my next Instagram LIVE!
1. OWN MY AGE.
I used to be SUPER insecure about my age. I was always the "baby" in the room. And because of that, I thought of myself as "less than," when in reality, I had the advantage to learn - which, now looking back, was the best place to be! I truly believe that my growth came from being the youngest (& less experienced) out of my community of photographers. In the past year, I have changed my mindset & have accepted & OWNED the fact that I am NOT the best or top industry, but instead, I look back at how far I have come & how much I have accomplished at my "young" age.
2. DON'T FAKE IT.
Something I've taken away from one of my favorite entrepreneurs, is that faking it is not the way to do it. There's the quote "fake it, till you make it" & I believe in that (in some ways, I did that to get to where I am now!). But, I had the notion that I needed to know everything about everything to fit in the "photography world".. when in reality, I definitely did not. So, now I know what I know. I am confident in what I know & have learned throughout my entrepreneur journey. And with the things I don't know as well, I'm honest about it. Cause it's true that..
"being who you are is a lot easier than faking it."
3. READ MORE.
I have had dyslexia for most of my life, so I really avoiding reading at all cost. So up until this year, I had never finished a book. At the beginning of 2017, I wrote down all of my goals for the year & starting a list of books was one of them. From there, I've read about four to six books all based on marketing, business & the physiology behind it! In a way, being an entrepreneur really has no rules - you can do whatever the heck you want with your time! - which is awesome! BUT unlike a 9-5 job, there are no definite "right" or "wrongs." So, I really do try to learn tactics, stories & advice from the most successful entrepreneurs out there.
4. SHARE KNOWLEDGE + GIVE CREDIT.
When I first started photography, I was really stingy on sharing what I knew, sharing the locations I scouted for hours, sharing what equipment I used or how I made my photos look the way they do. I wouldn't give credit to the people that helped me because I wanted to get the praise all to myself. Well, looking back, I definitely burnt some bridges & hinder my growth quite a bit from that. But hey! We learn from mistakes & failures. It's been in the past year that I have changed my mindset about sharing the knowledge I have obtained from my mentors, from the books I read, from the podcasts/blog I listen to & giving credit where it's due.
5. BE PATIENT.
I really love the quote by my guy Gary V - "You win when you fall in love with patience." I used to get really insecure when I'd see my friends & other photographers killing the game, booking weddings, creating insane work. To be honest, I was straight up jealous. But this year, I made it a goal of mine to fall in love with patience. And when I focus on that, I look at other people's success so differently. I can say I am truly happy when I see my friends & other photographers succeed in the industry. Of course, there are times when jealousy kicks in (duh, I'm a human) but over-all, I find when I focus on MY goals & understand the waiting game, I am truly content & even more excited for what I can achieve in the future.