STOP TAKING LIFE SO PERSONAL
Sometimes, I have to remind myself that everything isn’t going to always go as planned and not everyone is going to support me or what I do. It’s up to me to make my dreams come true no matter how much support I get or don’t get from friends and family. It might be ideal to have people reposting and promoting your work but it’s not going to always happen. For the majority of us, success doesn’t happen overnight and a lot more effort is going to be required to get to where we want to be. I know I’m not the only one, so here’s a friendly reality check/ reminder from one dreamer to another; the next time you decide to do something and don’t get the results or support you were expecting, remember these…
NOT ALL YOUR FRIENDS CAN BE BUSINESS PARTNERS
In fact, most of your friends aren’t suitable to be involved with your business.
When you finally get the courage to pursue something you love as more than just a hobby, you get attached to it like a baby. You want to learn constantly about what it is you love doing and you want to grow as much as possible. I have a weakness for seeing the entrepreneur in almost everyone, especially my friends but, what I’m learning is that not everyone is going to be as excited and motivated as I am or even be as driven. Trying to mix business with certain friendships has actually resulted in me losing some really great friends. I can admit it sucks, but I don’t dwell on it much, I just take it now as a lesson and keep in mind for future decisions that entrepreneurship isn’t easy and it’s not going to be for everyone. You can’t do business with someone who is still treating their passion as a hobby.
BEGINNER DOESN’T MEAN “I WORK FOR FREE”
Just starting out as a freelancer can be intimidating because for some reason people think that you’re new to the game, therefore you shouldn’t get paid as much or paid at all in. This has been a challenge for me in the past and I think it’s important to add in this post because being told that you aren’t worth what you think you are can be discouraging.
Of course (using myself for example) I’m not charging four and six hundred dollars to shoot people but I have taken the time to do research and to figure out my rates in what I genuinely think I deserve to be paid. Research is key so when someone questions you on your pricing you can run it down to them.
- The equipment I use
- The time it takes to shoot
- How far I have to travel
- How many people in the session
- How many outfits are being used in the shoot
These are all very important things to take into consideration; so when you decide your ready to start charging for your services, make sure you know why you’re charging what you do.
IT IS NO ONE’S JOB TO PUT YOU ON
I ’ve finally come to the understanding that not everyone is going to be interested or care about my business especially not in the way that I do. I think that once you accept that, you’ll be so much more satisfied with yourself and progress. At the end of the day, your business is yours and it’s 100% (unless you actually hired someone) your responsibility to make yourself successful and to see the numbers you want to see. Stop waiting for a “golden ticket” and get out there and make shxt happen on your own.
This entrepreneur lifestyle isn’t easy and I want you to know that you are not alone. If you haven’t started yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? START!
Believe in yourself and don’t let anyone belittle you or the work you do.
I would like to open the comments section up for you to share 1 link to your latest work for me and everyone else to check out. I hope this post lit a fire under your butt to get you motivated and confident in the greatness you have to offer.