Being an entrepreneur is mad crazy work. It isn't glamorous, easy or less work; it is actually the opposite of that. Yes, I get to travel, yes, I get to meet different people, little did everyone know, that's the easy part. It actually IS the easiest part. As this may sound amazing, it is not all fun and games. There's also the dark side of being an entrepreneur, working non stop in front of the computer screen. Managing clients, marketing, customer service, accounting and overall business management. Customers doesn't just find you, you'll also have to find them and get yourself out there to be known. This can also be hard at times, especially for my introvert side. I'd like to consider myself as Ambivert. Yes, there's such thing and I have my moments. ;)
I am fortunate enough to have had referrals, word of mouth and social networking, but that's just not enough for business growth. It takes a lot of pushing, trying and even trying harder again and again. I spend most of my time in front of my computer editing images, updating my website, website optimization and SEO. I'm telling you, it's a lot of work. No work, no growth. Entrepreneurs cannot afford to loose a lead or an opportunity that we cannot miss. We are working 24/7, pretty much. As it may still sound amazing, it is, but not as much as you may think. Entrepreneurs doesn't have the luxury of clocking in and out, we don't have paid vacations, holidays, paid sick days, and we definitely do not have the privilege to have an off time or health care insurance. Yes, it's a choice, but we are driven people. We would love to have those luxuries from our own small business, but it takes a lot of work and growth. Our brain is working non stop, finding ideas on how to get better at what we do and succeed. Mostly grow. Being a photographer especially, there are A LOT of us, I pretty much have to stand out from the rest, what makes me special from the other ones, I hope that they love my work and that my personality will stand out more from the other potential photographers.
How about balance, I try, trust me. Happy medium doesn't come easy when you are a fairly new established small business. Especially, when you are running your company as an actual business and not as a hobby. We've got bills to pay and mouth to feed, we think $$$ signs! Lol. I am trying to find my happy medium, I may or may not find it, but I tell you, I am going to succeed and do it my way, what works for myself, my family and my business. I've come this far and worked so hard to where I am at today, I love photography, it's my passion, and I absolutely enjoy doing it. I don't think I could ever stop doing what I love. My facial expression can explain how I feel being an entrepreneur sometimes, I love this photo that was taken in Laguna Beach Headshot, too much fun! Sometimes I feel like I'm failing or falling and that's okay. Totally okay, but I learn from it and get back up even better. It's like a roller coaster ride, it's never steady. At least for now. My business is going on 5 years and hopefully many more to come! XO 💕