Ride Your Money Wave

Ep. 35 - What 10 Years of Owning a Business Has Taught Me

August 14, 2018

Ten years ago, I was stressed out and felt like a zombie.  I was teaching full-time, pursuing my Master's degree, and working as a Teaching Assistant to get my Master's paid for.  I remember clicking "send" from my parent's computer one spring day and sending in my last paper.  I sat, stunned, unsure of what to do with myself after this schedule dictated my life for two years.  I literally cried, staring at the screen.  I felt completely lost.  I spent the summer trying to do things that I used to love, things to make me happy.  I remembered how much I loved photography, so as a gift to myself for graduating graduate school, I bought a pricey camera (Nikon d200 with 18-200 VR lens for $2600!)  Now, I needed to pay for it.  I decided I would start a photography business.  Ten years later (and 5 camera bodies later), that business has brought me on a journey I could never have imagined.  Today marks the 10 year anniversary of starting that business.  I decided to sit down and share some of my insights into what business has taught me, how to become successful, and what I hope to accomplish these next ten years.