• Morgan (@ladyilg)

5 Of The Biggest Successes I've Had in Business

Last week I shared the 5 biggest business mistakes I've made in the last 5 years, but there's no way I was going to leave you on a negative note! This week for Friday 5 I'm sharing 5 of the biggest business successes I've had in the last 5 years, and I can't wait for you to read!

1. Did you read this story in point #2 yet? I booked these clients even though I clearly didn't deserve it.

While I made one of the biggest mistakes by completely forgetting the meeting and standing my clients up, they still gave me grace and booked me for their wedding day. This is something I will always remember when it comes to running my business. It goes to show that no matter what, if I am honest and true to my clients, and own up to my mistakes and vow to get better, they will love me and continue to book me.

2. Decided to change my mindset and be confident in what I offer

Most small business owners aren't charging enough...did you know that? The moment I decided to charge what I was worth, and stop comparing myself to other business owners in my area, was the moment my business changed for the better. I don't charge according to what other photographers offer in the area...I truly charge what I'm worth now.

3. Being the first to reach out and make connections

You know what I realized a couple years into my business? The businesses who are making it happen are the ones who step out of their comfort zone and simply ask. I used to think, "maybe one day I'll get so big that other companies will just reach out to me and want to connect", but I quickly realized that if you want something to work for your business, no one else is going to put in the work for you; you have to do it, and it is so rewarding!

4. Making blogging a priority....especially blogging weddings the very next day

One of the best things I could have done for my business (and still continue to do) is blog all my weddings the day after the weddings. This has given me a foot-in with other vendors, my clients and over all creates a better experience for all parties. I am overwhelmed by how this has truly grown my business in the last few years.

5. Stopped comparing myself to others online.

Comparison is the thief of all joy. When I compared myself, I stopped creating what was truly from my heart, and only created what I thought was cool, or would get seen by everyone. I always felt down about my work. I didn't believe in myself. Let me just say something real quick: I am ALLLLL for community over competition, but I also believe it's okay to unfollow others in your industry if you find yourself more often than not consuming their content before you create your own. That doesn't mean you don't support them, it just means you're taking care of your own mental health for the better-meant of your business.

I hope you enjoyed today's Friday 5! What are some of the biggest successes you've had in your business?


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