Going Pro Photographer from a corporate gig is not as easy as many think it is.
Here is part one of things that you should think about before making the switch.
- Turn a 9 – 5 job into a 5 – 9 job
- Do not underestimate the power of a good budgeting system. If you are not good at delayed gratification, this will be harder than it seems.
- Learn to love Mac and Cheese and Ramen
- If you don’t use it weekly, you don’t need to own it
- You will hate your boss… you will work when you are sick, and never be late
- If you are not working harder than you did at your corporate gig, you are failing
- Dress for the day. PJ’s and slippers will not put you into a work frame of mind
- Make sure you have a calendar and stick with it. There are far too many distractions to deal with otherwise
- Forget TV
- Save for rainy days… they happen
- Spend time with your family and be there when you say you are. Important to not work when you are with family time
- Shoot something every day… or every other day at least.
- Don’t measure your self or your work against others, just don’t.
- Watch closely for resistance… it can show up in the damnedest of disguises
- Don’t hide in your office… get out and meet people – especially other entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Being prepared is the best way to make anything work out.