Dear friend, if you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a photography entrepreneur– this letter is for you.
VIDEO: Why Become a Photography Entrepreneur?
Below is a 5-minute video on my personal views on why become a photography entrepreneur, and why I chose this life for myself:
My definition of entrepreneurship
First of all, what is an ‘entrepreneur’?
To me, an entrepreneur is a risk-taker. An entrepreneur is someone who pursues their passion and is willing to take risks to realize their dreams.
To become an entrepreneur is to have a vision, and to have the guts, drive, and motivation to accomplish it.
Entrepreneurship as a mindset
I also believe entrepreneurship is a mindset. You can still be an entrepreneur while holding down a 9-5 job. You don’t need to make a full-time living from your passion in photography to call yourself an entrepreneur.
The great thing about being an entrepreneur in photography: you can make extra side-income from your photography on the side, or you can seek to pursue to make a full-time living from your photography.
So the question is, why become a photography entrepreneur?
For myself, here are some reasons I love being a photography entrepreneur:
I like how I can wake up whenever I want, and sleep whenever I want. I like how I can work hard, and also work from wherever I want to work. Sometimes I like to work at home, and other times I prefer working at a coffee shop.
There were a lot of things I enjoyed about my 9-5 job at the office (teamwork, socializing, structure), but I hated that I always had to put in my 40-hour workweeks, and I didn’t have the flexibility of taking time off, traveling when I wanted to, and dictating my own schedule.
The myth of entrepreneurship is that once you pursue your passion for a full-time living, you can always be at the beach. To be frank, being at the beach is boring. It is much more fun to pursue your passion everyday with zest, and to put in those 12-hour days (for fun). Even now, I have a lot more fun as an entrepreneur by doing ACTIVE things– building things, coming up with new ideas, and sharing them
2. Building equity in yourself
The problem of working for someone else: you don’t build “equity”. For example, my mom used to work as a waitress at a sushi restaurant for 10+ years, and she devoted a lot of her effort, labor, and skills to train the staff, improve the ratings of the restaurant, and increased the profits of the restaurant. However one day they decided she was too old, and she wasn’t necessary anymore. She essentially got pushed out of her job, and when she left the job, she had no “equity” or anything to show for all of her labor.
This taught me an important lesson:
You only have so many hours in your life; make them count towards yourself.
That means, invest in yourself. All the labor you create– does that go to the owner/your boss/your company, or does it go into yourself?
For example, every blog post I write, every ebook I make, or every time I do anything as an entrepreneur — I am steadily and slowly building value in myself and the ‘ERIC KIM’ brand.
If you feel frustrated that your efforts and labor is going towards building the empire of someone else (instead of building your own empire), entrepreneurship is for you.
Being self-employed is more fun. I can explore ideas that I find personally interesting, challenging, and fun. I find myself to be a lot more productive in making stuff, creating new things, and innovating when I am having fun.
I also personally hate working in an office-environment or company, where there are ‘office politics’. I prefer being able to be an entrepreneur and focus on myself, rather than trying to throw other people under the bus in order to get a promotion at my job.
Reasons NOT to become a photography entrepreneur
If you want to make a full-time living from your passion in photography, realize that you will never feel ‘secure’. You won’t get a steady paycheck, and you will have more stress/anxiety in your everyday life.
However for me, I prefer having flexibility, freedom, control, and fun in my life. I value these things in my life far more than comfort, security, stability, and money.
Yes you can.
Having a mindset for entrepreneurship isn’t something you’re born with. I think of it like a muscle — it is something that you can train through mental training (Stoicism to not be afraid of failure), and also through taking calculated risks to achieve your personal dreams.
So if you have a crazy idea for your photography, pursue it with all of your heart and soul. Like Steve Jobs once said,
“Stay hungry, stay foolish.”
The Modern Photographer: Tips, Strategies, and Tactics to Thrive as a Visual Artist in the Digital Age
Marketing, Branding, Entrepreneurship Principles For Success
MODERN PHOTOGRAPHER is your new philosophical and practical primer to succeed as a modern photographer in today’s digital world.
How to Monetize Your Photography
- Photography Entrepreneurship 101: INFLUENCE
- Should I Monetize My Passion for Photography?
- 10 Practical Photography Monetization Strategies: Pricing, Google SEO, & Entrepreneurship
- How to Make Money From Street Photography
Why Become a Photography Entrepeneur?
Take control of your own photographic destiny:
THE MODERN PHOTOGRAPHER
- CREATIVE CAPITALISM
- How to Monetize Your Photography
- 5 Practical Photography Career Tips and Advice
- 10x Thinking
- How to Hustle as a Photographer
- How to Become Your Own Master Marketer
- The ‘T’ Technique of Success
- Go Ahead and Sell Out
- What is Your Unique Voice?
- Why You Must Self-Promote Yourself
- What is Your Unique Angle as a Photographer?
- Photography Content Marketing 101
- Why You Must Become Your Own Publisher
- The Art of Cross-Pollination in Photography
Photography Entrepreneurship Articles
- Why You Shouldn’t Trust Your Pictures to Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Flickr
- How to Make Money From Your Photography
- Photography SEO and Blogging: How to Become Number One on Google
- Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Motivation
- Now is the Best Time to Be a Photographer
- What Is The Value of a Picture?
- Your Photographic Labor is Not Free
PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS 101
- Chapter 1. How to Make a Photography Blog
- Chapter 2. How to Price Yourself
- Chapter 3. How to Find Your Market
- Chapter 4. Why Teach Workshops?
- Chapter 5. How to Build Trust
- Chapter 6. How to Market Yourself
- Chapter 7: Why Should Someone Attend Your Workshop?
KEYS TO SUCCESS
- Why You Must Be a “Personality” in Order to Succeed
- THRIVE OR DIE.
- Impatience is a Virtue
- Create Your Own Category
- HOW TO DREAM BIG.
- Will Not or Cannot?
- Why Not?
- How to Think BIG
- How to Stay Ahead of the Curve
- How to Invest in Yourself
- The Two Camera Rule
- MEANINGFUL DIFFERENTIATION
- Advice For College Students
- How to Thrive in Uncertain Times
- CANNIBALIZE YOURSELF.
- DO AND GROW RICH
- Does Fear of Punishment Hold You Back?
- HOW TO GET MORE FOLLOWERS
- How to Innovate
- How to Build Your Own Empire
- YOU ARE ENTITLED TO HARD WORK.
- PICK YOURSELF.
- OWN YOUR PLATFORM
- 10 KEYS TO SUCCESS
Table of Contents
Learn how to make a living from your passion:
- Preface. BRAVE NEW WORLD OF PHOTOGRAPHY
- Chapter 1. How to Create Value
- Chapter 2. ZEN CAPITALISM
- Chapter 3. Scarcity
- Chapter 4. How to Brand Yourself
- Chapter 5. How to Build a True Following
- Chapter 6. The Blueprint to Success in Photography
- Chapter 7. HOW TO BE BOLD
- Chapter 8. How to Sell Out
- Chapter 9. GO AGAINST THE GRAIN
- Chapter 10. EXTREME ABUNDANCE
- Chapter 11. Photography Experience Economy
- Chapter 12. Why You Should Make Money for Your Photography
- Chapter 13. How to Become a Famous Photographer
Photography Business 101
How to Make Money with Photography
- How to Charge More Money in Your Photography
- Why You Should Not Pursue Photography as Career
- Can Photography Make You Rich?
- How I Earn $200,000+ a Year From Photography
- How to earn $10,000 a month as a photographer
- Why you must be an expensive photographer
Photography Marketing 101
- Why Have More Followers?
- Why You Should Do Photography Work For Free
- How I Became an Internet Famous Photographer
- Photography Blogging Ideas
- Why You Should Promote Your Own Name
- How to Build a Following
- How to Stand Out as a Photographer.
- HOW TO GO VIRAL AS A PHOTOGRAPHER.
- How to Master Marketing
- How to Sell Yourself
How to Hustle.
- Entrepreneurial Advice to My 18 Year Old Self
- How to Become Insanely Productive.
- 5 Lessons From Hesiod on Hustling
- It is Better to Beg For Forgiveness Than Ask For Permission
- The Free Way to Become Rich
- JUST DO IT.
- 7 Steps: How to Make a Living From Your Passion
- How to Do What You Love for a Living
- How to Create an MVP (Minimum Viable Product)
- How to Fail Big
- How to Invest in Yourself
- How to Be Bold in Photography and Life
- Mission: Cover Your Rent and Food
- 1,000 True Fans
- The “10x Principle”: The Only Difference Between “Success” and “Failure”
- Make More Value Not Money
- We Live in a Photo Utopia
How to be a Full-time Photographer
- How to Make a Living From Photography
- The 3 Principles of Making Money With Photography
- Advice for Aspiring Full-Time Photographers
- Don’t Go Into Debt For Your Photography
- How to Brand Yourself as a Photographer
- Trust: The Most Important Thing You Need to Succeed as a Photographer
- How to become rich from photography blogging
- How to Make a Living with Blogging
- 50 Blogging Tips For Beginners
- How to Start Your Own Photography Blog
- A Photographer’s Guide to SEO, Blogging, and Social Media
How to Teach Photography
- How to Become a Photography Teacher
- How to Teach a Street Photography Class
- Why I Teach Street Photography Workshops
- Why I Deleted My Instagram
- The Social Media Blackbook for Photographers
- Why Do You Need More Likes or Followers?
- Instagram is Going to Be the Next Facebook
- Don’t Trust “Free” Photography Social Networks
How to Save Money
Unleash your creative potential:
- April 10-11th, 2021: BOSTON / Discover Your Unique Voice in Photography Workshop [Register Intent Here]
- May 1-2nd, 2021: CHICAGO / Street Photography Composition Masterclass [Register Intent Here]
- May 22-22nd, 2021: NEW YORK CITY / STREET PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS by ERIC KIM [Register Intent Here]
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