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The First Year | Learning from Setbacks

We all have moments in our business journey that are extremely discouraging.  Things happen that make us question our direction and make us wonder if the grass might be greener somewhere else.

Patience and I had one of these moments last week.  I woke up early in the morning on Wednesday to work on a blog post for a recent wedding we shot and our website was gone.  When I tired to go to our website all I could get was a dreaded “Error 404” message that our website could not be found and I was getting it on our login page as well.  It was gone…Business and Photography Advice from Bellingham Photographer Joe and Patience

To say this was only a small setback when I first saw this message and when I got off the phone with our hosting company after being told it couldn’t be put back up without doing several things I had no idea how to do would have been a gross miscalculation.  I was freaking out and not just a little bit.  It was the freaking out and getting a migraine for two days kind of freaking out.  We are in our peak booking season right now and we didn’t have a website to show people our work.  90% of our inquiries come straight from our website and we had no website.  It was a terrible feeling and I had no idea what to do.

Setbacks happen and sometimes they feel huge but if there is one thing I can say about it after just coming out of what felt like a pretty big one it is that setbacks can be used as great learning opportunities.  We went into this website debacle not knowing how to do very much with our website but five days of panic is a lot of time that can be used to learn how to pull yourself out of your bad situation and grow from the setbacks you face.  A week ago I didn’t know how to do a lot of things with our site but I can confidently say that if we ever face this again I will know how to fix it and I will be able to fix it a lot faster than I was able to fix it this last time.

No matter what the situation is, you can view it from a chance to learn and grow standpoint and you can come out of it stronger.  Did you have a family who was unhappy with their session?  You can learn from it and do a better job in the future.  Did wedding photos not turn out the way you hoped they would turn out?  Break down what went wrong, learn from it and come out stronger on the other end.  As business owners we will always face setbacks but if you approach them with an attitude of learning and growing your business will get stronger and stronger.  If we can do it, you can do it.

Thank you so much for reading!  We will be getting back to our regularly scheduled Monday First Year posts now that our website is back to normal.  

Check out the other posts in this series:

Personal Fear

Financial Fear

Marketing Part I

When Were We Ready?

Marketing Part II

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