Owning your own business is hard and can be isolating at times. You may be constantly seeing clients but as someone who works on her own, it can be hard to feel a connection to people because you do not have co-workers. Most photographers start out running their business completely on their own. Being a one woman (or man!) show can be difficult and exhausting. Not only are you the photographer but you’re the editor, the social media manager, customer service, and the list goes on. You can go hours and even days without leaving your office and seeing a real person.
It usually takes a little bit of a push to get yourself out of this. It’s important to find local friends in your industry that you can lean on and encourage one another. From giving each other feedback, to advice, to just a simple lunch out, it’s so nice to be to connect with people offline! It’s a great way to connect with other professionals and form your own little circle of friends in the industry. Here are a few simple ways to find your community as a business owner.
Networking events are a great way to meet people in the same or similar industry. Trust me, I know it can be awkward to go and put yourself out there. Bring a friend to go with you if you feel really uncomfortable going alone. It’s a great way to have a little bit of support from a familiar face. Find some events that look interesting and go! It’s a great way to get out of your office and socialize with people who know exactly what you are going through!
Education & Workshops
One thing I love about creative services is you can always keep challenging yourself and learning more to improve your skills. From learning new editing styles to photography classes, there are so many different workshops and classes you can take. During these classes, you will not only be learning new skills but meeting people in the same or a similar industry. Be sure to connect with the teacher or workshop host too! You never know what these connections you make will turn into later down the road.
Local Businesses You Love
Being in boudoir, it doesn’t hurt to get to know other wedding vendors! You have a similar target audience and you never know how you both can work or collaborate together. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! Think about the different brands and businesses that you really admire and reach out to them! If you are just starting out, this is a great way to find a mentor that can really help you in your photography journey.
These are just a few simple ways to find local business owners that you can connect with! Working from home and working for yourself can get lonely sometimes, so it’s important to stay socializing with people that are in a similar situation as you. It helps when you are going through tough times because you know they have gone through it too!