My hope with this blog is to create a community of like minded people. Business owners, creatives, or those who dream of owning their own business one day. A place to share ideas, successes, failures, resources, and mix it with a decent dosage of swearing since running a business can be fucking frustrating. So, you might be asking yourself, 'who the fuck is this girl and what the fuck does she know?'
I'm can't say that I know anything revolutionary. I'm not a business major and I'm not the most successful person in my field by any means but then you also have to consider what success means to you. I don't have all the money to buy a million dollar mansion and go on vacation all the time but success to me is getting to travel often, exploring near and far. Having the time and flexibility to be spontaneous in my life. Having time to spend with my loved ones and doing something that I am passionate about while helping other discover and follow their own passions.
Over the last decade, I have built up my photography business and four years ago, I made the switch from a blood sucking day job to full-time freelancer! In that time I have taken business course, read a billion articles, met with mentors. I have had lots of successes such as receiving $9,000 in free grant money, completing a successful Kickstarter, self-publishing a book, and securing a free loaner car from a major car company so I could travel the country. With those successes have also come many tears from stress, the fear of failing, and plenty of self doubt. That is the ups and downs of running a business.
So, no, I don't know everything but I have developed a lot of random knowledge about running a business. Knowledge that I want to share with others to help them follow their dreams. And hopefully, it isn't a one sided thing. I want to learn from you, too. Because, together we can all be stronger.
So, now that you know why this is here, lets get to some useful information. Here is how I got $9,000 in free money for my business.