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How To Build A Business From The Ground Up

October 27, 2021 - Business, Start Up

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Can I make a confession?

When I started my photography business over 15 years ago, I knew nothing *yes, literally nothing.* about how to run a business. Starting seemed daunting, overwhelming, and nearly impossible.

Now, with experience under my belt, I feel confident in saying I know how to build a business from the ground up.

Want to know 3 of the best things I did to become one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world? They may be a little different than you think… Here are the top 3 things I did to build my photography business from the ground up with:

  • no money, 
  • no resources, 
  • no talent, 
  • and no connections.
Build a business from the ground up

1. Networked with other photographers who inspire me.

Meeting others in my industry was one of the best things I did for my photography business. Not only did they inspire my work and keep me on my toes, but we also sent each other referrals if we were unavailable for a shoot. 

If you want to build your referral network, get out and get to know people. *Like, really know them.* 

Make friends, become invested in others, and find ways to help. 

>>The more you put yourself out there, the more chances you have to showcase who you are in a professional capacity.<< 

This means going to mixers/networking events, getting involved with an online forum as an active participant, and/or offering your assistance before expecting anything in return.

2. I created a schedule.

I have strict office hours and this allows me to live the life I want. 

>>I crave freedom and living life without boundaries, so by adhering to a schedule outlining my work, I know where I can skimp and splurge on life’s special moments.<< 

Yes, I take long lunches on occasion and watch midday matinees with my husband, but it’s only because I’ve planned my schedule and know what needs to be done and by when. 

3. I spent time with people smarter than me.

They say you are only as successful as the 5 people closest to you, and man do I have to agree! 

I’ve met brilliant people as I’ve built my business and they’ve given me the most amazing gift: friendship. 

>>Being able to see success unfold for people around me offers a blueprint I can emulate in my life and business.<< 

They paint vibrant pictures with the same brushes I have, so I’m challenged to color the horizon the way I imagine.

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To help make your dreams a reality, too, I’d love to show you a peek at what an average workday looks like for me and how you can schedule your time to be the most efficient as well. Check out my Productivity Planner, complete with a sample from my daily to-do list! This is the exact system I use to manage my time from day to day. It’s a system I swear by and now it can be yours, too. Download it >>HERE!<<

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FREE PRODUCTIVITY PLANNER

Life is about to get a whole lot easier.  

Desperate for change, I created a Productivity Planner to help streamline my workflow and I kissed stress goodbye. 

[With cherry flavored chapstick.]  

FREE INSTAGRAM GUIDE

Oh, friend, it's time to start growing your business on Instagram.
  
Sign up to receive a free Instagram marketing guide, helpful tips, and free stock photos you can use for your business.  

It’s basically an Instanote sent to your inbox to help push you toward your social goals and help grow your following.

FREE STOCK PHOTOS

You're busy, pulled in lots of directions, and trying to run a business. 

In addition to all this, you know you should be posting on social media, so how do you balance it all? 

I'm dedicated to your success, so download five free stock photos to use online...I hope this empowers you to attract dream customers along the way!

I wouldn’t say we were business nerds but my husband just sent me a Slack message asking me to call him.

If you need me, just follow the trail of empty La Croix cans around my house.

"Margaritas make me sound smarter, dance better, sound amazing, and look like Shakira...