Traci French taught kindergarten through fourth grade for 10 years, and while she loved the kids, she wasn’t as fond of the work. When readers of her blog started asking to purchase the photos she posted, she realized that she could make a living doing what she loved best. French is now a full-time mom and a full-time photographer. She sells her work online and to companies like Urban Outfitters.
MainStreet: What is the most challenging aspect of running your own business?
French: Time management. I have the toughest time with that. I have nobody to answer to, so many times I put everyday life in front of working on my photography. Although, it can also go the other way. Many times I feel like I should really be giving my family my full attention, but then get caught up in my photography or blog.
What is most rewarding?
Oddly, the same thing. I love the fact that I don't answer to anyone and can spend the day tooling outside with my son if I want to.
What have you learned?
I wish I went for it earlier. I wish I had spent my 20s trying to come up with a career path that I would absolutely love, rather than something just to get by.
What tips would you give people looking to turn a hobby into a business?
As hokey as it sounds, put good things out there and they will come back to you over and over again. I have been amazed by how kind and giving people can be and how good it feels to admire the work of others. Also, commenting on other people's blogs is a fantastic way to introduce yourself and what you do.
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