It may be a trait that I picked up from my mother and it’s a trait that helped me throughout high school and college. Being organized. You can’t run a business, let alone keep the house in order if you’re not organized in some way or another. And not everyone has the same methods. Example, take my husband, his “definition” of organized is having everything in one pile, such as that pile of papers building at the corner of my bedroom… In some weird way, it’s organized to him. He can navigate and find whatever he needs. I, on the other hand, need to have folders, post-its, and labels involved. But there is no wrong or right way to do it, it’s whatever works for you. Granted, I clench my teeth when I see his paperwork just sitting there; and heaven forbid if I touch it! Regardless, it works for him.
I am no business guru, I am learning along the way. Trying to make photography into a business has been a challenge for me. I don’t know where to start or where to go? But I know the first steps are to organize my thoughts, write it down, and execute them. Starting with the simplest to the hardest. Looking for workshops in my area and trying to network with other photographers are my first steps. Thankfully Nicole, a talented Philadelphia photographer, told me about a photography group called, Photo Betties. Thanks to her small tip, it’s a big step closer to my goals.
If your in the beginning stages like me, don’t give up. Look around and try to reach out to your local photographers. Even if it’s not to second shoot with them, ask if they know someone who might need help or a photography network near by. It doesn’t hurt to ask; nothing ventured, nothing gained.