WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN SOMERSET
Documentary Wedding Photography
REFLECTING ON THINGS I'VE LEARNT FROM STARTING MY OWN BUSINESS AS WE ENTER 2020!
Last June I did a blog post, see here, on what I’ve learnt within my Business and about turning 25 and my Business turning 2!
I thought what better time to update this than a January blog post?!
So here are my 3, (updated) Top Things That I’ve Learnt from Starting my own business…
When I first started, I thought I’d need hard work/to know what I was doing, and whilst this is true, there’s so much more to it than that. A Business owner needs to be accountable, patient, to have a support system and to have an energy management system in place, etc, etc, etc.
Maintaining the Balance – I definitely put in longer hours than I used to, but they feel different, they feel like they are my hours and each hour I put in, I can see and feel the benefit from! It is a little bit of a paradox that people become Self-Employed to improve their work/life balance and end up working harder than they ever have done – but as Mark Twain said “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” It’s important to know when to draw the line but I’ve found enforcing weekends (out of Wedding Season, of course), trying to separate phone time in the evenings, and making a plan for rough “daily working hours”, has allowed me to enjoy the beauty of Self-Employment and its flexibility.
Word of Mouth – I have been so amazed at what a happy and positive client recommending you can do for your business.
Support – It’s so important to stay organised as, at times, running your own Business can be a bit of a juggling act. But I’ve definitely learnt that there are tools and people to help with this. It’s also important to remember that if you’re missing the level of sociability from your old office job to now working from home, (which can feel isolating especially when you may have questions you feel no one else can answer!), that there’s so much help out there; Podcasts, YouTube channels, Supportive Facebook Groups – you name it, they’ll be a group relevant to you and your industry to offer the support and guidance you may be lacking.
It’s scary to start a Business, but it’s oh so worth it and it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made, I reckon if you ask any Freelancer, they’ll tell you the same too!
These photos were taken on a beautiful walk in Mendip & Cheddar Gorge. Cheddar Gorge is a limestone Gorge within the Mendip Hills, in Somerset, England. Exploring these beautiful places gave me a wonderful headspace to re-evaluate the coming year and I’m honestly so excited for it!
I can’t wait to further my skills, start a journal, enjoy more quality time with the family and of course, to keep running Megan McAdam Photography! I feel like I am going into this year stronger than ever before and I can’t wait for what’s to come!