Five Things I learned in My First Year of Being Full Time Photographer

On this date, last year, it was my last day at my part time job.  You can find out all about why I made the decision to leave on this blog post by clicking HERE.

 Today’s post is bit short (not much photos to share), but sweet! I wanted to share my top three points I realized and/or learned this year as it was my first year as being a full time entrepreneur/wedding and portrait photographer.

First off, I am BLOWN away at how FAST this year has been. I feel like it flew because of how busy I have been all year. Before I left my part-time job, I had the fear of not being busy. Well, I had no reason to fear. This has been my busiest year yet and I can see it only getting busier. 🙂

Since today marks the first year since my last day, here are the three main points I wanted to share that I learned:

  1. Be Patient. There were months were I would be booked out so far in advanced and then there were months where I feared no one would come to work with me. Once I hit those months, I just wanted to rush to the next month that I had bookings. This tested my patience, because as I waited, the clients still came. I always had something to do during the slow months, though. This is what kept me busy, even if I did not have weddings or portrait session.
  2. Working Harder Than I Ever Have. I thought of myself as a hard worker, but this year really tested myself. I had to push my limits. This meant some nights I was almost pulling all-nighters. I had to manage my time even better.
  3. There Is No Set Schedule. (This kind of going with #2!) This point was hard for me. Since I didn’t have to “clock-in” somewhere, there were some days where I would take my time getting to work.  I am still working on this, too!!
  4. Savings. Since I did have “slow months”, I had to financially save and prepare myself for the months with out the payments. This was challenge for me, as I would always want to invest in my photo equipment or software when I had that “extra” money for the month(s).
  5. Days Can Get Lonely. Although I feel like I work best alone & focused in my office, I did have some lonely days. To help with this, I would make sure I would go out and go to the gym, take a walk outdoors, and/or make some plans with friends. I am blessed to be in an such an awesome community that I have some friendors (friends that are also vendors!), specifically other photography friends! I love having co-worker dates with them. We get our own business needs done, but we also have time to chat & hang out, as if we were all in an office together. They are my favorite!

Are you a fellow entrepreneur and felt this way, too? What else did you learn your first year of being full time or even this specific year? I would love to hear! 🙂

Thank you so much for not only checking out today’s blog post, but helping me give such an amazing year! Feeling OH-SO-VERY grateful for how well my first year of being full time has gone. From the bottom of my heart, I am truly thankful. Thankful for all my loved ones, the creative community, and most my clients!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!! <3

XOXO,
Shelby Danielle
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