Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in photography but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Marta Raptis, a branding, portrait, and product photographer based in Mississauga, ON, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I'm a photographer specializing in personal branding, portraits, and product photography. I provide professional yet FUN images for creatives and entrepreneurs that elevate their brand and connect with their audience! I love working with entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Tell us about yourself
I've always been the creative type, and photography has fascinated me since I was a child. It took me a while to finally turn it from a hobby to a business, but I'm glad that I did it. What motivates me is the freedom to do my own thing every day. I love that no project is ever the same, and I get to be creative with every single photo shoot. Seeing my clients smile after they see their photos and tell me how much they love them makes my heart sing.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I am really proud of all my client testimonials and 5-star Google reviews! Client satisfaction is really important to me, so I go out of my way to make sure all my clients are happy. That's why receiving glowing reviews makes me feel really accomplished.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Staying on track when things get tough. With every business, there are always ups and downs, and sometimes the downs can make one feel lonely. That's why it's important to be part of a community of folks that understand you and can relate to your struggles.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Do plenty of research before getting started, and make sure you're well-prepared for everything that's part of being a business owner.
- Create boundaries for yourself so you don't burn out. Take breaks and time off on weekends to unplug from your business and give your mind a chance to rest.
- Keep learning! Even if you think you know it all, there will always be someone out there with a fresh perspective on things, so always be open to learning from others.
Where can people find you and your business?
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