Tips for Personal and Creative Well Being
we've come to the end of the class and the last thing I wanted to talk to you about was so tips for personal well being. This is really important. This is a very physically and mentally demanding job. And although sometimes people think you're just taking photos again, it's not that you're just taking photos, you're also a president of your own business, you're the advertising of your own business, you're the accountant of your own business, you're the bookkeeper of your own business. It was the same thing. You're really every single part of your own business. If you're doing this on your own and you have to figure out a way to maintain a balance between work life, stress relief, play creativity because if you don't, you will burn yourself out. And I think when I first started doing this and I was working with a partner and some other folks, you start to just want to be working all the time. Because honestly, there is always something that can be done when you're running your own busin...
ess. And when you're dealing with art and photography, there's always something that you could be taking a photo of. Sometimes creativity comes real quick and inspiration hits you fast and you want to get out there and take photos sometimes, you know, you might be up late and you're like, you know, I could really work on my website, I should look at my accounting tonight, I should create a new invoice, I should look at a new logo, I should back up this data, I should try editing this, there's literally a plethora of things to do when you're going into a business like this. So, a good practice is to start to set boundaries for you. I'm talking about an hourly boundary and potentially a daily bound when talking about an hourly boundary. Try to sometimes treat this if you're going full time, Treat it like a full time job only work from 9-5. If you're just starting business, you don't have any other job and you're like, say, you're coming out of school or you're making a transition or your partner is the breadwinner, and you're doing nothing. But photography only treat it from 9 to for now. Work from 9 to 12, have a lunch, come back at one, work from 1 to 5, and then stop because otherwise, you will drive yourself mad if you go into the night and work every night work at random hours, some people can do that, but in general, I would try to set a little bit of boundaries. Work during work hours rest during when everyone else is resting. Thing about being a freelancer, a business owner is that you can work whenever, and you can take random days off. So thinking about daily days, if you work monday through sunday, you're gonna burn out eventually. It's just gonna be too much. You're gonna be constant looking at stuff, constantly calculating, constantly talking people constantly on your computer straining your eyes and you want to take some time for yourself. You want to take some time to keep your creative mind, you know, watch movies, listen to music, stay informed. Um you wanna take some time for your family because this can really take away from a lot of your life. And the whole idea is that you're building a career and a job for yourself that you love to do, but you can also step away and still love your life. You don't want it to overtake everything. Now, if you figured that balance out where you can balance more work than not work great, but at a certain point, it is definitely a job and it will take over a lot of your time creating boundaries as far as friendships and photography, doing things for free, not doing things for free is something also you need to start to consider, don't do things for free all the time. Don't do discounted things for free all the time. Don't lower your prices. Don't underestimate how creative you are. You have literally spent the last few hours taking this class, you spent money developing your equipment, you spent time practicing, you've built your invoices, you've done paperwork to set up your business, you've built your portfolio, you've edited photos, you've waited for things to download. You really want to at this point, know what you're worth, know that when someone's paying you money, they are investing in your investment. You have invested all this time and energy and money into being a photographer and you're worth it and you know it and you can do it, I promise you, so don't feel bad about charging people money. That is your job, That is what you're here to do, and that is what you're here to learn. And the sooner you can figure that out, the sooner and faster you'll start to make money. Because I'm telling you right now, photographers are always asked to shoot something for free, do this for free, do that for free because they think you're just holding it up and taking a photo. But really there's a lot of investment that goes into the decisions that you're making, not only as a photographer, but you are now an entrepreneur, you've started your own business and you invest the time and energy into creating a business in entity. So you're worth it and you need to make sure that you keep that in mind