Living Creatively | 5 Tips for running a Creative Business.

Part two of my series on working from home/ living creatively. I filmed a quick video about my top 5 things you need to be prepared for, or rather the things I have learnt along the way. I talk about being a Photographer, but really you can apply these to any business.

I am not pretending I have it all together, I am not pretending I am an expert, or that I know how things should go. But I do have experience of going it along, of being that person who does not fit into the traditional 9-5 and yes, I have also been that person who struggled with the self confidence required to begin. So just do it already.

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Living Creatively | 5 Tips for running a Creative Business.

Easy Shoot Day Makeup

If I had ¬†my own way, I would just roll out of ¬†bed, plug in an intravenous drip of coffee and head onset without brushing my hair. Really. Well, maybe I would have a shower and put some clothes on but the reality is I feel better when I make even a tiny bit of effort. When I worked for someone else I had a routine, a set pattern for preparing myself for the work day. Just because I spend a lot of time outdoors/at home in PJ’s¬†editing does not mean that I feel I can let myself get away with not getting ready. You never know when I might meet a potential Photography client, for example. Note- a LOT of my clients come from strangers I meet when out and about.

This is the first video in my “Working from home” series. I want to cover things like my getting ready routine, right through to how I use lists to accomplish my goals and manage my time. If this sort of thing is interesting to you then please let me know. I am filming on my phone at the moment so please excuse shitty quality and lighting. I am still new at this video thing but hopefully will be able to get a decent point and shoot soon!

Easy Shoot Day Makeup

What have you been up to?

I have been doing a lot of client work this month. When I am not shooting Fashion or Weddings, the reality is that I could so often be shooting things I am less interested in. When I tell people I have been working with “A company” they envisage custody-style white backdrops and corporate- blazer wearing poses to be added to an impersonal website. And yeah, that’s fine. It’s just that I believe that behind every great company are great people and that ultimately, people like to deal with people.

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I have been working with a few (very different) companies recently. In addition to providing promo images, I also got to shoot the guys from the Daredevil Project in the run up to the launch of their new paired photo-messaging app Duel.  The team from Jane Clayton & Company is another example- (yes they have a company dog!). For me, the objective is always to capture the realities of a working environment (which provides its own challenges- limited light and distracting background elements!). The result is this documentary-style, placing people at the heart of the business, where they belong. I absolutely love the variety of this type of work. I get to meet some great people who usually provide tea and cake and it is a great challenge to be a fly-on-the-wall for the day!

If you have a business and are after something a bit different to communicate who you are and what you do- get in touch abi.bansal@gmail.com.

What have you been up to?