In business, learning often happens by experience. Upon reflecting on being in business for three years, three key lessons stuck out to me. I believe that these realizations of the power of passion projects, the importance of working with people you like, and the fact that our time has value are lessons worth sharing with other aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners.
Passion projects have completely defined my career path. And it was 100% intentional. The best choice I’ve made in business is investing in myself - by allowing myself time to develop these projects and financially supporting them when needed. More often than not, creatives are hired based on the work they have already completed. It is essential to proactively put the work you enjoy out into the world so that you can get paid to do that same work. I’ll admit that I work for “free” on these projects. But there is a key distinction to be made about this free work and the other free work that many creatives find draining. I’m working for free for myself. Working for free for myself does not burn me out and instead inspires me to keep working harder on all the opportunities in front of me. Passion projects give me something fun and exciting to work on between other projects and keep me in the creative flow of work. My best advice for starting and determining a passion project? Imagine your dream project and do it!
I’ve learned countless other lessons in business over these past three years, far too many to write about in a single blog post. I am excited to see what the next three years in business teach me.
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