One of this year's goals is to start my own photography business. I spent a good deal of January doing "research." I read books, blogs, took an on-line course all in the guise of starting a business. In reality, it was busy work. It was for me to say I started preparing to start a business without committing to anything.
Well, I realized that Feb. 1st came around and in reality, I have done nothing to get this thing going. Sure, I got some great sites to use for various phases of my business. Sure, I got some tips on my camera skills from the on-line class. Sure, I know some more about the business end than I did. The problem was, I HADN'T DONE ANYTHING. So, last night I plunged ahead. I contracted with a graphic designed to design a logo for me. She will do a logo, letterhead, business card and envelope with me obtaining the rights to the images. It may seem like a little thing, but I had to SPEND money to do that. It was my first REAL step to starting my business. I'm not just TALKING about it, I'm DOING something about it.
So, I received a questionnaire in my email this morning asking me about my businesses and preferences. In the next 3-6 business days I should see some rough drafts. Then I get to pick the one I like, tailor it a tad if need be, and I will have my very own, brand-spanking new logo. Big scary step, but one that had to be done.
Shortly there will be a logo. Shortly, I will have business cards and letterhead and envelopes. Wow. I'm really doing this. I'm really starting my own business. Wow.