We are 13 days into 2016, that’s 13 out of 365 days GONE! I suddenly had this uneasy feeling in my stomach. Those who run their own business will understand this anxious moment. Tracing back what I have done and comparing this to our master our plan, it greats a sense of ease those negative feelings now turn into practical solutions.
Though it is exhilarating at first to run your own business especially when you start to see some returns. Reflecting back the first year was fun. Never mind the countless hours, the aches, never mind just about everything to be honest…
The challenge usually come around second half of 2nd year to 3rd year… that’s when you feel that you are doing too many things and not sure where you are going, looking back on your photography images, you feel that you have reached the end of your imagination as far as creativity goes. Most choose at this stage out source and go and learn from someone else… energize themselves and redo the same thing.
At around 5 years, you will start to notice the struggle to grow. You know that you need grow your business but your not sure how to, both in business and artistic vision. For many, the burn out tends to set in both mentally and physically. Some may pursue a different direction… for many they simply don’t see the end of the tunnel.
Lets hope that by this stage you would have made enough profit that allow you to move into the direction that you choose in your life while take care of your family.
The reality of it is, though we work so hard by putting endless hours, you realize that at the end of every year, there is not much left and you start to think why you are doing all these? Remember those big dreams of yours of changing the world?
Some start cutting back on cost, move operation home, co-exist your life and your business. But this too has its own challenge which I am going to explore that in the next blog…
The truth is, with proper guidance from the right mentor I could have saved years of years of finding out everything for myself the hard way. I have learnt lighting from mentors who practically let me “see” light better in a couple of months than what I have done in many years. Learning business from the right coach let me see the intricacy and find clarity of the direction that Tomato Photo is heading. Gosh… I wish I had done that 8 years ago, but you don’t know what you don’t know… its scary!
I learnt it the hard way like everyone else, going through the same processes and feeling the same and that’s why since late last year, I have kicked off the business talk to share my success stories. Its my way of giving back to the community. I hope some of the participants learn how things are can done and take action to change it
Here is some recent feedback from one of my business talks:
Will do more in the future, but please get in touch if you like to join in for the next one when I plan it.