Following the Light
by Maria Ramil
Maria Ramil, Photographer
I always loved photography as a hobby but didn't plan to make it my job until last year, when redundancies started to happen at my work place.
The uncertainty made me review my priorities in life, and soon afterwards I decided to resign rather than carry on waiting for events to decide for me
Business in the early days can be slow. There's a steep learning curve about customer service, marketing, networking etc... However, the learning experience also brings you into contact with lots of amazing people.
I've learned a lot from contacts made in networking groups, free business seminars and other resources in person or internet.
I've realized success isn't going to happen overnight (things always take longer than anticipated). However, now I've made my decision I feel positive that things will work out in the end. If you really want to change jobs, do it.
It may be difficult, but it is always better than staying in a job that makes you unhappy. Taking the initiative for any changes puts you in a better frame of mind to deal with the consequences.
I've been self-employed for 8 months and despite any difficulties I feel more positive than when I started
I motivate myself by focusing on my long term goal: I look forward to providing something of value to future generations. That will be my legacy to the world.