So, when I started Hannah Rose Photography, I didn’t have a clue how to run a ‘Business’, and unless you have done a business degree or marketing course or account management scheme, you probably haven’t got a clue about anything. Just like me!
I thought, at first that all I would need would be a website, a logo and business cards and then I would make money from clients and customers through word of mouth or sales. But, the first step was to tell my Mum, which was scary. I thought she would just say, ”Okkkkkkkkk….” Instead she said, your young, you’ve got one opportunity and you should never look back. My Mum also gave me the advice to ask The Princes Trust for help.My first thought, being honest, how could they help me, and secondly, why would they want to help yet another photographer, i’m not an entrepeneur and i’m not doing anything different. So, i enrolled on their Enterprise Scheme and went along in Leeds for 4 days. They taught us the basics of branding, costings, cash flows, marketing and more importantly, the negative aspects of running your own business. Mainly, i learnt to be interrogated, standing up in front of people you don’t know and questioning mentors who have been very successful would have been intimidating if I was still at school. However, i quickly realised that I wasn’t 16 anymore. I have way more confidence, more opinions and more creativity than I first thought. More importantly people listened to me and what I had to say. They also offered me invaluable advice and support. I learnt from young people, from all walks of life, who wanted to break out from the traditional 9-5 and work in a difficult industry of self-employment and competitors.
So if you are wanting to start your own business and you are willing to give up 4 days to see what they have to offer, I would recommend. I now have my website, for Hannah Rose Photography, I have my cash flows (in order most of the time), I have a brand but more so than this, I have support!
If you have just started your new business or you want to share your tips and hints then please get in touch.
I will be following this post with my top ten on what to do when your starting your own photography business.