Friends, how many entrepreneurs have them? | atlanta portrait photographer

July 19, 2017  •  1 Comment

Ok, I don't know about you, but I grew up in the 80s. You know the time when the kids wore two Polo shirts at the same time, high top, non-basketball shoes, big hair and leg warmers! Yeah, those times! Jane Fonda and her workout tapes were popular, as were the movies Ghostbusters and Gremlins. Oh the memories I have. Well if you are an 80s baby, then maybe the title of my blog post made you think of the song Friends by Whodini. In case you're wondering, Whodini was a popular rap group back in the day. Here is a sample to either introduce you to them or to remind you of them. 

You may be wondering why I'm even thinking of Whodini and their song. Well, being an entrepreneur can be difficult and lonely. I hear so many entrepreneurs say that their family or friends don't/won't support their business. They don't believe in their dream, but will gladly pay a stranger for their dream. I've heard that they lose friends because of their entrepreneurship. Evidently, their friends secretly didn't want them to succeed or at the very least, do better than they are doing. I've also heard that when friends and family want to support them, they are always looking for a hook-up, which is also known as a discount. I understand that people want to save money where they can, but everybody has bills to pay. E V E R Y B O D Y.

In light of all of this negativity I hear and read, I feel very blessed. My friends and family have always encouraged and supported me in my business. I don't make it a habit of asking my friends to support me, mainly because I feel weird about charging them. Now if they ask me to photograph them or their children, then that's different. They'll ask me for my price list, which I will provide and we'll move forward from there. What I have learned is that not everyone values photography, great or not. So perhaps one of my friends doesn't really want to spend $400 on a wall portrait. That's ok. I understand. What they will do is go to the functions I have or tell others about me and my work. At the very least, they will give me encouraging words. I get that both from my friends and my family. 

As I said before, I am blessed. What I learned a long time ago is that, good friends come in quality, not quantity. If you lost friends over your business, I believe that they really weren't your friends, to begin with. Those types of "friends" are what I like to call acquaintances. I've been fortunate to have the ability to discern who is for me and who is not. If they aren't genuine, then I don't want them in my circle. As for family members not supporting you, I think that's jealousy and insecurity. They see you doing big things and perhaps they aren't. Just a guess. I have 8 siblings and they all root for me and I root for them as well. My parents support me and they tell people about me and what I do. It's all love, appreciation, and respect.

The subject of this post also makes me think about the song by TLC called What About Your Friends. They wrote a song about it. Wanna hear it? Here it goes! If you have any entrepreneurs as friends of family members, please remember to support them. Whether it's actually patronizing their business, referring people or just sending the kind words and vibes, these are all some of the ways you can show them love and that you respect them and what they do.



I can sympathize with this as well. I listened to a pretty interesting talk from Boyce Watkins about not caving when it comes to people asking for discounts. It's hard.
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