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On top of that, I knew I didn't like working for others, but I didn't know how to get out of it. (During my time at Ohio State, classes about entrepreneurship weren't as common as they are today.)
In the fall of 2011, I bought a DSLR camera, thinking I'd never make $600 to justify the purchase. By the fall of 2016, I became a self-employed photographer.
What happened in those 5 years was unplanned, inconceivable, and incredibly life-changing.
So what if I made a 5-year plan and worse off, what if I followed it? What if it had to do with staying in the insurance industry? What if it meant I'd still be working for someone else? What if it didn't help me be happier? What if it made me think I shouldn't follow a dream?
I hate "what ifs." So I didn't make a 5-year plan. I didn't ask "what if." I just did it. But I can say, with great certainty, that if I had a 5-year plan and followed it, I wouldn't be as happy as I am today.
So how could a 5-year plan be dangerous? It could be dangerous if you're underestimating your own abilities.
What about you? Do you have a 5-year plan? Is it helping you or hurting you?
ONE POINT OF CONTACT
When working with multiple people from one organization, ask that they provide you with one person as your point of contact. If multiple people contact you separately about the same project, request that everything comes together on the same email chain.
If you're on the other side (working with several collaborators) and you all have the same contact for a project, be sure to communicate within your group, and then ask one person within your group to be the main point of contact to share information from all of you at once.
It is so hard to get information from clients in several different ways - email, texting, LinkedIn, Facebook messaging, Instagram direct messages, etc. etc. etc. When you reach out to someone, stick with that method of communication (unless you prefer or they request another way).
What is that goal? Be detailed yet concise. Making sure emails share important details of a project is helpful to all parties involved - it confirms that everyone is on the same page. The most difficult emails to receive are ones that are lengthy and tell a story that would be better-communicated in person or on the phone. Emails are wonderful references for the details among colleagues, but some communication can be kept concise via a phone conversation and a follow-up email.
"I feel hurt because you don't value this at all."
This is likely something we all feel at some point (not just self-employed people). As we communicate with others, let's consider what we are asking for and how it might affect them. The more we show others that we truly value them (verbally, financially, emotionally, etc.), the more we are likely to continue positive relationships.
How do you show others you value them? Comment below!
Today I'm talking about ways to get better photos from your smartphone!
Sample selfies, as promised!
I hope this was helpful!
Happy Friday :)
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