This post was made in collaboration with Chase Freedom Unlimited. All opinions are my own.
I wanted to wrap up my series of goals for the year with some tips on how to achieve some of the goals you may have set for yourself. We all have goals for both our personal life and our business. However, when you are in an industry like mine, both the personal and business goals intersect a lot. In addition to the work I do for other people with my photography studio, much of the income I get for the year is from making content surrounding my life, my family, and myself.
Set Realistic Goals
Sometimes it is nice to set a crazy goal like “make a million dollars in the next 5 years” to motivate yourself. However, if you start approaching that 5th year and you only have $500 in the bank it can make you feel like you will never reach your goals. I like to set shorter term goals that I really feel like I can achieve based on the skills, time, and resources I have. Maybe for every 1 crazy goal you have, set 4 smaller goals you can reach on your way to that big goal. So that way, even if you don’t reach that big goal, you can at least say you achieved the others.
Make That Big Purchase
A lot of people are hesitant to make the big leap into doing something they want because it involves upfront money that they may not have. I always suggest to my friends something like the Chase Freedom Unlimited card because it has a low introductory 15-month APR so you can buy something big… like a computer or a camera or whatever it is you need (doesn’t have to be just one big ticket item) and pay it off over the course of 15 months without paying interest! It’s how I bought most of my stuff when I was starting out and I sometimes still do that! And on top of the interest-free period you still get 1.5% cash back with your Chase Freedom Unlimited cash back credit card on every purchase, so it feels nice when you see that cash back come in!
Don’t be too hard on yourself if you have to alter your timeline or even your actual goal. If you start going down the path following one goal and realize it’s not right; don’t feel like you have to stick to it! Allow yourself the ability to be flexible and achieve what you truly want.
Ask for Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. From friends, family, online communities, whatever! Even if it comes to money! If you’re really in a pinch, it’s okay to ask friend or family to help. They could even help you in the form of free labor or education. Can’t quite figure out how to use off-camera lighting? Trying to improve your street photography? Maybe ask a photographer friend or someone online. Don’t be embarrassed if you don’t know something!
Hopefully this was a bit helpful for you! You might as well get started today! If you sign up for the Chase Freedom Unlimited card you get $200 cash back if you spend $500 in the first THREE months. So, you know, free money! Give your goals a try! And good luck!