Things No One Tells You About Running A Business
When you first starting running a business, you are excited and ready to take on anything! You are taking on this new adventure and are learning so many things about yourself in the process. There are a lot of things that you may not know, and that’s okay! As you keep taking on clients you will learn more and more about running a business. Here are a few things that I wish I knew when I started my boudoir business.
No 9-5 Hours
The best part about working for yourself is you get to choose when you work. The only downside is that you usually end up working a lot more than 40 hours a week. Because your business probably feels like your baby, you will end up working on it way more than you would normally work at an office job. There is nothing wrong with putting in the extra work to make sure that your company grows! Be sure to take some time for yourself. Even though you might love working all the time, it’s important to take some time to step back each week. Resting and enjoying life will make you want to work that much harder when you get back into the office. The worst thing you can do is burn yourself out and try to keep it going. It will make completing tasks that much harder.
The Client May Not Always Be Right
In most customer service fields, there is a saying that the customer is always right. Sometimes, they are not but you must keep them happy! One way to grow your business is to always do right by the client. Even if you disagree with them, try to put your best foot forward and do the right thing. Stand up for yourself but try your best to keep them happy as much as you can. This will ensure that they leave happy and hopefully tell their friends and family about you!
In the world of social media, it’s really easy to compare yourself to others online. You may be following a lot of other photographers - which is totally fine! But, make sure you are not constantly looking at their feeding and wishing that you were doing what they were doing. It can throw you off track with your goals and put you in a bad frame of mind. Remember to stay in your lane and focus on your brand!
You Can’t Do It All
Running a business takes a lot of work! At first, you will be doing anything and everything that comes your way. Not only are you the photographer but you are the editor, the customer service team, the manager, the financial planner, etc. Once you can financially afford it, it’s okay to hire help. Whether that is someone to help run your books or edit your photos for you, it’s important to take some time back to focus on what you love.
Creating your own brand and being able to work for yourself is an amazing opportunity but it comes with a lot of hard and struggle. These are just a few things that I have learned along the way. You will have good days and bad days but just make sure your good days are worth all the bad days.