It is insane that the last post of this short series was published exactly one year ago on my 29th birthday, and so many things happened ever since... my relationship status changed, I moved countries twice, I booked record numbers of clients in the history of my business while I had to press a hard reset on EVERYTHING. And this is the main reason why you needed to wait for this last, but one of the most exciting episodes of this series.
Thank you for being patient, I promise, after reading this post, you will take great advice with you today!
As a creative soul, you possibly have the secret dream of running your own business one day or maybe you are already building your own success. The start can be confusing and the complexity of being the one and only person who is responsible for the growth of the entire business definitely sounds overwhelming.
When we have are under the colourful and protective umbrella of a hobby, we only see the joy of creation, the progress, the newly added skills, the positive feedback from others, the recognition of our idols and of course we admire others' who book clients, write books, launch their own educational course and we feel like: how amazing it would be if we would be on a similar level of business management already, jump over a few chapters and land the jobs straight from our dreams and be famous overnight. Have you ever wondered if there is a PDF, article, or newsletter freebie somewhere on the internet that answers you all the HOWs?
Did you ever have any of these feelings?
What if I would ask successful creatives to highlight the most important factors and tools that had the biggest impact on their creative business and workflow?
Today is your lucky day! I've teamed up with the creators you admire the most, to ask them about these things and I will also share my perspective on this topic.
If you missed the first two episodes of this superb post series, I highly recommend you to check them out, you can learn a lot from my professional friends! We are giving you 70+ tips about Food Photography and Food Styling.
Today I celebrate my 30th Birthday and instead of this cake,
and I am currently having a nice midsummer-inspired cocktail in my hand by the sea,
so let me raise the glass to my contributor friends...
I would like to say thank you to or all creator friends who participated in this series, it is definitely a record amongst collaborations in the industry with more than 70 participants. I really appreciate knowing you, learning from you continuously, getting inspired by your amazing work and exceptional ideas and creative solutions.
THANK YOU ALL LOVELIES!
And now back to the super exciting topic of this post! Let’s see the answers of many talented creatives about the most important things that had the biggest impact on their creative businesses!
Working with a CPA. When I first started I did my taxes on my own which was a ton of work and there’s a lot about tax code that I don’t know so I was missing out on deductions. A good CPA saves time and will save you money in deductions.
I bought the ‘Upwork Play book’ e-book from Frenchly Photography, which has revolutionised the way I present job proposals to clients.
Building a routine has been a key factor in my life not only business; routines are built with practice and are quite helpful on creating structure and organization. Also exercise, I was an athlete my entire life and even though I no longer race I still exercise and it helps to refresh ones mind every day, be that yoga, pilates, running or kickboxing every body and brain are different we just need to discover what works for each one of us.
It is a website & app called Studio Ninja. It's a business tool that helps me a lot. I am not good at organising things and this is what the app does for me. I get the enquiries through this app, I have the contracts and questionnaires and T's&C's clients can accept and it keeps tracking my invoices, etc. A really handy tool that many of us would need. I spend significantly less time on admin stuff than I did before.
To be open to learning something new and go beyond still photograph. Motion in photos is becoming more and more in demand be it cinemagraph, stop motion, gif and even food videos. Being able to do other facets of photography created some opportunities for my business.
The most useful tool that has helped me with my business has been social media. In particular, Instagram as it has provided me with the majority of my business. As for habit or skill, I find patience and hard work both come very handy when in the food styling business.
One piece of gear that had a great impact is the Canon 24/70 lens. It is the perfect lens for both food photography and landscapes. I like to style my photographs using antique-looking backdrops and a lot of antique props. I feel antiques give dimensions to a photograph and make it more interesting and relatable.