When should you start your own business?
They say there are two perfect times to plant a tree. The first is 25 years ago…so that the seed would now be a full tree and the second best time is today.
But for me, the perfect time for me to start my business was when I realized I couldn’t see myself doing what I was doing at the time for the rest of my life. I had always had plans to go back to Medical School, but with my newborn daughter growing up and the thought of sacrificing all of my time to school, I knew that it just wasn’t in my cards right now. At that moment I was working in an after school program watching kids (which I absolutely LOVED) but I knew this wasn’t a career that I would keep up as it didn’t tap into my full capabilities and there was only so much income you can make in a job working for the school system.
Just as many mothers do, I fell in love with taking pictures of my daughter and of the kids I was watching (which I considered them all to be my kids).
I invested in my first “professional camera” that was a Canon 5D that I bought for $800 off a listing on Craigslist. As soon as I dropped that cash on a camera I knew this camera wasn’t going to just be an expensive hobby but it was an investment.
THIS was the perfect time for me to start my business.
I had time to learn the craft of being a photographer as I worked my after school job with kids and had the perfect test subjects (the kids and my daughter) to practice on.
Soon after I realized I needed more than the skills of taking pictures, but I needed to learn how to make money using this camera and these newfound skills of mine.
Having first started out I was the one on Craigslist looking for the $500 weddings and the $50 family sessions.
In addition to this, I was reading EVERY single book I could get my hands on that had to do with business related anything.
The right moment for me was the moment when I knew I needed more in my life and I knew I had the grit to put in the work, energy and had the right mindset that it wasn’t going to be easy, but it’d be worth it.
If you have a 9 to 5 job or a part time job, you can begin working on the necessary skills needed to get you ready to launch your own business. And to be honest, it was nice having an income (although it was a small one) to help sustain as I figured all the pieces out.
If you have that strong nagging feeling in the pit of your stomach that it’s time for you to make that leap, don’t ignore it. Get started on it. Begin taking the steps so that you can build a clientele so you don’t have to leave your 9 to 5 without some income coming in from your side hustle / new business.
Some throwback images from my studio grand opening in my studio with my now 12 year old Layla doing the ribbon cutting.