5 Tips For Starting Your Own Business

Are you sick of slaving from 9-5 with little to show for it? So many men and women are looking towards other methods to kickstart their career and most importantly, become their own boss.

Whether you’re thinking about quitting your job and starting your own personal venture, there’s a little bit more you should know before taking this huge leap of faith.

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Tip #1: Don’t quit your day job

Anyone will know that starting a new project requires two key things: time and money. And while quitting your full-time job leaves you with an unlimited amount of time, where is the money coming from? Work on weekends, weeknights, and every other second you have to make this dream come true. As for your full-time job – don’t give in your two weeks notice just yet.

Tip #2: Make connections

Attend any type of function and meet people who can make your dream a reality. This is the best way to get your foot in the door, and will leave you with a number of options before you go. Start off slow, and join a few forums which are of interest to your project. Pretty soon you will find yourself attending functions and regular get-togethers which can help you land a deal someday.

Tip #3: Create a voice

Online! Nothing is more important than being seen online, so create a number of different social media profiles and don’t forget to invite your friends. Once you are happy with the tone of voice, it is then much easier to create a niche market where people can access your services.

Tip #4: Take all the help you can get

Whether this is from family, friends, or even some helpful volunteers, nothing is more important than a helping hand. Also, be willing to give back some of your services in return. You might know a friend who is an avid graphic designer or SEO specialist, and can help you with the initial stages of your website.

Tip #5: Collaborate

There’s a quote somewhere which states ‘A mind which is open, never shuts.’ This applies perfectly to being open to the ideas (and sometimes unwelcome criticism from others). Although it might sometimes feel out of line, try to keep an unbiased outlook criticisms, since they can ultimately help your business thrive.

Do you have any beginners tips for starting your own business?

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Career In Cinematography (Cont’d)

On Location

Moody says working on film sets is a lot of fun although working through the night is common, particularly on low budget films where money for locations is scarce. “If your location is a business, for example, you have to film when they’re not open. You get the hours [to film] whenever you can. For The Drunken Bath we were filming all night for a couple of nights but it was good fun. Max (Maxine Williams, the film’s director) would go out and get us all ice cream and we’d be eating ice cream at 4am.”Networking

Like most aspects of the film industry, networking is everything. “It’s the biggest part, apart from talent,” Moody says. “I’ve worked on corporate productions, ads and short films. I got the work mainly through contacts or invitations. It’s all been by word of mouth.” Nevertheless, continuity of work is a common problem in the industry. “You get bombarded by opportunities all at once then it slacks off. It comes in waves. But at a high level you can jump from one job to the next, especially in advertising or documentaries.”

So how do you get ahead in the field? Networking is the key. Moody says her next step is to use her contacts to find an ‘attachment’, an industry professional who you “follow around like a sheep for a period of time on a shoot”. Caroline, who plans to travel to England this year, says her dream is to get an attachment with a British cinematographer. “Some of their work is beautiful,” she says.

How to get a foot in the door

A university degree in film and television is a great way to get started in a career behind the scenes but it is by no means the only way. Cinematographer Suzanne Barker entered the industry later in life after setting up a video production company with her husband in Townsville. “I worked on boats as a hostess and deckhand while my husband and I built the company up,” she says. “When we first got going we lived on our boat. We had wires and cables and cameras everywhere? That’s how we got our company name, Mainsail Productions, because we started out on the boat.”

Barker is self-taught and believes that getting ahead in the industry is a matter of self-confidence. “I just got out there and did it without any formal training, but since I’ve been in Brisbane I’ve done a few short courses at QPIX on lighting. I’ll go to anything like that to further my knowledge.”

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