Last week (as I surfed around on Facebook) I came across a status update by Promise Tangeman Creative that read, ‘What is one piece of advice you would give to someone that is JUST starting their own small creative business?’. I don’t often include my opinion in online discussions, but the question got me thinking for just a moment.

With the successes and failures of my first year of business behind me, what advice would I give to someone who is just starting out their creative business? The one answer that immediately came to mind was to never doubt your own potential. This very small piece of advice can account for many of my successes thus far. When you’re starting off, the idea of turning a hobby into a fully operating business quickly becomes daunting, and suddenly (as you compare your work to seasoned professionals) its very easy to start doubting your own capabilities. My advice is to push past this. Everyone must to start somewhere, so there’s no reason to get down on your work. Step back and be honest with yourself. If you decide you are capable of great work, and believe with your heart you can do it, then you can. Once you have decided that you have the potential to succeed, never doubt it again, and take on the (many) challenges ahead with this mindset! :)

There you have a tiny bit of motivation for your Monday night. Here is one of my favourite photos I took with my first DSLR camera (Nikon D50) at Hermosa Beach, California.

Written by Hayley Rae