Certain events in the recent past have been brought to my attention that being a young business owner is increasingly difficult and almost like fighting against a current.
I have owned my own business and been bringing it up from the ground since 2009. That was the year I graduated high school, so yes I have been creating this business of mine since the day I graduated, all through college, until the present.
I have been through all kinds of different situations that I have deemed preparation for owning this business and making it my life's work. I have stayed home on nights where all my friends are going out to edit my website and go through my portfolio. I have been ridiculed by both friends and family for staying on the computer for hours and hours perfecting my work. These are frustrating things to contend with when trying to make a successful business.
As a photographer with an office space at home, I have always "worked" from home. After a wedding for example, I will have somewhere between 1,500-2,500 photos to sort through and edit. That is no quick task. Apparently as I have heard it lately, it seems from an outside perspective, when I am editing a wedding all week, in my pj's & slippers, coffee in hand that I am doing "nothing." I guess I could understand how that may look to someone who leaves the house every morning to go to work and comes home at dinner time.
Another factor that makes particularly a self employed photographer look this way is flexibility of schedule. I have flexibility during the week to go visit family and do other things that other 9-5 working individuals do not have. So evidently it has been made to seem that I "do not work" or something of that same idea.
I cannot express how many times a family member I do not see often or an old friend says "Well, you aren't working full time are you?" That question is just a giant slap. I sometimes want to respond with "No I don't just work full time during the day, my work actually follows me home, its right in front of me when I am eating dinner or when I want to relax and watch a movie, I usually end up doing all that work instead, So I work ALL THE TIME not just FULL TIME" However, I don't typically respond like that, for I am not sure how many people would enjoy that response.
So this blog post is not to whine and moan about my work, because I LOVE my work. I enjoy creating memories for others so thoroughly that I wouldn't ever want to do anything else! I cannot wait to have my own family some day because then my career I have ever so diligently worked on will provide me the flexibility I will really need. I absolutely love being a photographer and I enjoy every part of my work from designing my website and business cards, taking photos of a beautiful family, to sending business holiday cards to my clients.
This post was created to let everyone in on the life of a business owner. Or more specifically the life of a young business owner. Take it easy on us, we are what people wish we would be, working hard at a young age. Yet still we get this constant critique, "Are you old enough to be a photographer?" or "Do you even work?" or "How much do you make?" How about something like "Wow how cool for you to own your own business at such a young age" Just give us a little respect. Take a look at my website and Facebook page if you want to know if I am working. I assure you there is enough material on there to convince you!
So from a young professional business owner, I wish you all a wonderful day!
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