I had two Economics degrees and no economic/business experience. I almost felt like a fraud. I decided to start the photography business to a.) prove it to myself that I could run a business, b.) put my degrees to use, and c.) pay off the camera.
Advice and Lessons:
Four key questions:
“What skill set do I have that I can market?”
“What am I so passionate about or interested in that I wouldn’t mind pursuing this interest the rest of my life regardless if I got paid?”
“With this skill, what problem can I solve?”
“How can I add value to my customer beyond what others are doing?”
My first solo wedding once I started the business, I charged $2100, which was almost how much I was making in three weeks. If I could make three weeks worth of income in a weekend, I knew something was there.
Lesson: Volunteering introduces you to great people and supports great causes.
Lesson: Seek information and feedback from veterans in your industry.
As I get older, I value and am protective of my sleep. As soon as I feel my productivity slowing, I shut down for the night and go to bed. No Netflix, no Instagram, just bed.
The Golden Rule is really the only rule you need in business, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” Be kind. Delight your customers. Listen with intention.
What could have gone better?
Marketing. Sometimes, your competition will be marketing or branding experts even though their product or service is sub-par. Doesn’t matter. Something they are doing in their marketing resonates with the customer.
Readers: I hope this helped.
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