Steve Jobs espresso cup

Create Your Own Business and Job For Yourself

Dear friend,

I’m quite convinced: one of the keys to “true” happiness in joy in life is to be self-employed; to NOT have a boss– to work for yourself, according to your own schedule; to essentially create your own business and job for yourself. #entrepreneurship

I got this inspiration from Weegee, who made his own job, documenting news reports over the city, and sold his photos to newspapers. He became a “freelance” photographer. This was good for him, because he was able to live his (strange) lifestyle, while making a living!

Now I don’t think the point of being self-employed is to maximize your income. The point is to maximize your free time, to pursue only things which artistically, creatively, or philosophically interest you.

In other words,

It’s better to earn $30,000 a year as a self-employed person and have 100% freedom over your life, than to earn $3 million dollars a year, yet have only 5% freedom in your everyday life.


So I can only speak from my experience as a photography entrepreneur. I’ve made a good living for myself through photography, blogging, teaching, etc.

In today’s brave new world of photography, there are INFINITE possibilities for you to make a living from photography. There are no more traditional paths; all future employment for photographers is going to be unorthodox. For example, you’re going to need to know:

  • How to shoot videos and edit videos
  • How to blog, build websites, and maintain your own website hosting
  • How to brand, market, and sell yourself
  • Teaching, education, and sharing your skills and ideas with others
  • A “barbell” between free products and services, and very expensive products and services.

You can make your own job

Consider, you can make your own job for yourself –create your own category (zero to one, like Peter Thiel). Just because something didn’t exist before, or hasn’t been imagined before– doesn’t mean it can’t exist.

For example in 2010 when I started this blog, the concept of making a living through street photography didn’t exist. I was one of the first to make a living through street photography — by teaching workshops, selling products, etc.

Steve Jobs espresso cup

If your ideal job doesn’t exist; don’t settle #stevejobs. Put on your own “reality distortion field” (Walter Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs) and make this ideal job for yourself!

Settling sucks.

You’re gonna die anyways. Why live a life without risks, chances, and uncertainty? Isn’t life more fun pursuing things which interest you — even though you might fail?


BE BRAZEN,

ERIC


Make a Living from your passion

Never stop innovating: “Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Photography Entrepreneurship“.


Photography Entrepreneurship 101

Life and Productivity Hacks

How to Make a Living from Your Passion

Put a Dent in the Universe.

How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur

entrepreneurship overview eric kim course


The Modern Photographer: Tips, Strategies, and Tactics to Thrive as a Visual Artist in the Digital Age

THE MODERN PHOTOGRAPHER by HAPTICPRESS

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.


Business Mental Models

ERIC KIM x HENRI NECK STRAP
ERIC KIM x HENRI NECK STRAP

How to Monetize Your Photography

EURO CAMERA MONEY by ANNETTE KIM


Why Become a Photography Entrepreneur?

Take control of your own photographic destiny:

  1. Photography Startup Manual
  2. PHOTOGRAPHY ENTREPRENEURSHIP MANUAL
  3. On Risk Taking and Entrepreneurship

THE MODERN PHOTOGRAPHER


Photography Entrepreneurship Articles

Google advance up arrow

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS 101

CAMERA MONEY GBP by ANNETTE KIM


KEYS TO SUCCESS

Table of Contents

Learn how to make a living from your passion:


Photography Business 101

How to Make Money with Photography

CAMERA MONEY USD by ANNETTE KIM
CAMERA MONEY USD by ANNETTE KIM

Photography Marketing 101


SELLOUT ERIC KIM

How to Hustle.

Entrepreneurial Principles

How to be a Full-time Photographer

Photography Blogging

How to Teach Photography

Social Media

How to Save Money

START HERE >

Scroll to Top