Photomojo turned 6 in May, and it has been a phenomenal journey so far. The life of an entrepreneur is one that is filled with unpredictability. You can never be sure of whats around the next corner. Its exciting and scary at the same time.
This year, i spent my birthday in Goa. I wish i could say I was sitting by the beach all day sipping whiskey and taking a long overdue break, but that was not the case.
i was in beautiful Goa on a project for a US based client. And since I was working, my family couldn’t join me. And you would think, me spending my birthday alone in Goa was bad enough, but it gets worse. My wife and I have our birthdays within a few days of each other. So not only was I away from home on my birthday, I was away from home on my wife’s birthday too. It was a first for me on both counts.
Being an entrepreneur, contrary to what a lot of people think, I don’t get a chance to take a lot of holidays. You are always on the job, even when you are not actually working. I spend most of my non-working hours constantly thinking “what next?” or “what more can i do?”
There is a relative amount of incubation from the outside world when it is a one man show. But eventually as you travel down the entrepreneurial road and taste success, you are bound to have others join you and form a team. While this gives you more hands, there is an added weight on your shoulders because you now have others depending on your success. Should you fail, you end up failing them.
So while i was alone in Goa, the reality of my job (after 6 years) sunk in like never before. Being a professional photographer, you end up having to work during all the festivals and holidays, when you would otherwise be spending time with your family. Holidays are when everyone makes plans for some event or the other, and what do they need? A photographer.
Over the past 6 months, at least 15 days a month used to be spent on travel. Making time to be with the family is one of the most challenging things you will face being an entrepreneur. Get used to being the last person to arrive at a family event, or the first to leave – if not both. But funnily enough, on the job, I have to be the first one to reach and one of the last to leave. Ironic isn’t it?
So if any of you are considering taking the entrepreneurial route in the area of photography, these are some of the sacrifices you need to be willing to make.
Not everything works in your favor and not everything goes according to your plan. Be willing and quick to adapt to the scenarios that present themselves.
Build an effective team, delegate and take a calculated decision where to draw the line.
My line is simple – I never miss my daughters’ birthdays or school days or my anniversary.
May 19th 2016 was Photomojo’s 6th anniversary, and we are now a production house managing over 15 corporates, too many weddings to count.
I am excited to see whats around the next corner.