About three months ago, I decided to get into photography (I share that story here). It has been one of the best and most exciting decisions that I’ve made in a while. I’ve learned so much while studying the craft! The life lessons have also been plentiful.
However, I now understand why people say that you should keep your dreams and goals to yourself. As soon as you make your goals public, you invite others and their opinions into the situation. The next thing you know, you’re getting unsolicited advice from everybody.
Some of the advice is really good, and keeps me motivated. Other advice, I have learned to ignore.
Either way, I’ve learned a few things in the short time that I’ve been in photography. I’ve decided to share them with you. I guess I’m giving you unsolicited advice as well, lol. Here are the four life lessons I’ve learned:
- People who have not one business will give you business advice. Don’t listen to them. Instead find one or a few people who have done what you’re trying to do and study them. Ask them questions. And take in as much from them as possible.
- The “experts” will find ways to belittle what you’re doing because you’re new. Don’t listen to them either. Keep moving forward. Keep educating yourself. And don’t let anyone try to discount your work.
- There will be a few people that will try to take advantage of you and the services you offer. Be aware. Stand firm on your prices and offerings. And if they don’t like it, that’s okay. That means that you’re not the photographer for them. Also. do great work!
- Success is never reached overnight. It takes work! Consistent work! I thought that once I announced my photography business, I would get a flood of clients immediately. NOT! But, I know that as I continue to work and build up my portfolio, the clients will come.
What are some great words of advice that you received when you first started your business? Share them below!
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