For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it? If you are going to build effectively, you have to have a strategy. Unfortunately, most people just sit around until they are confronted with a choice and then make a decision.

No bank would give you money to build a house or business that has no blueprint or cost estimate. Neither will anyone invest resources into the hands of a person who has no plan. There is much to be said for a life that has a plan. Even if the plan has to be embellished, altered or corrected, still there is a life plan. And remember, there is need for continuous reassessment of your strategy.

Returning to work after a week of reassessment for change and whatever it takes to standout, I was privileged to be in a meeting with Mr Akin Akisanmi, father to my Boss. I guess I now know where some of the creativity ideas of eloPhotos originated from. Few of the lessons learnt, during the hours Daddy spent with us is as listed herein.

About life, I had more understanding that before embarking on any thing in life, I will need God all the way starting with a relationship with Him, studying His Words, and abiding by His principles. In all I do or intend to do, putting God first should be my major priority.

On career, be it hobby or means of livelihood, timing is very important. It is better to get in early and stay much longer if need be. Taking care of oneself is another; the way you dress is the way you will be addressed. The food you eat also tells much about you. Your appearance talks. As much as you look after yourself, look also after your house and family. Your family is your first classroom.

About business, keeping ones product in the mind of the client and following up is paramount. These led us into record keeping which is where most business men and women fail. A proper record of income and expenditure must be well accounted for. It is also important to separate your business from your family.

The business period ended with the following key notes: Before embarking on a business, have a plan, be focus and be aggressive. Be perfect in record-keeping. Your passion alone will not feed you. Do not plan after you have made loses.

To round up the moment, Daddy Akisanmi concluded with a session on marriage counseling, emphasizing on the need to share dreams with ones spouse and how not to marry the wrong person. It was indeed a precious moment with him to hold on to.

It is not enough to begin a thing, proper execution is very important. Only those who endure to the end will be saved, promoted and rewarded. Build your life with purpose. I am glad to be on board eloPhotos flight to success. I remain Awosanmi Emmanuel. #whateverittakes
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Introduction to PHOTOPRENEUR 101: A Lecture by Dangote’s Photographer

Accounting is a subject I have never really liked, probably
because my dad is an accountant and if I had shown interest in it, it would have led to a lot of father-son debate while growing up (if you know what I mean) or I don’t like the fact that it’s not dynamic. With that in mind, you could actually picture how I felt when Mr Seun
called to tell me that his dad would be coming to take us on ‘being accountable’ this week. As fate would have it, it turned out to be a life changing experience.

Bright and early Monday morning, Mr Akin Akisanmi was in our office 30min before his scheduled appointment. And to find out later that he was coming from Ijebu that morning, and still made it on-time for his engagement was not surprising(talk about like father, like son). So, not to come across selfish, I have decided to share some cogent point of the lecture with you this one time before I begin to charge for it anyway.(Stop rolling your eyes)

You are probably wondering what this has got to do with accounting, so before you start to think I am sick in the head, let me set the record straight. No matter what you do, you have to put God first and to put God first, you need to have a relationship with him.

What baffles me about this is that am not sure if most of us actually realize that having a relationship with God is for our own selfish reason. To have a relationship with him means to know God through his words, abide by his principles and be appreciative of whatever God has
done for us. When God is in it, it works better. I think I need to stop here on this point and let your professional Pastors take it from there.

Normally before you start talking money and accountability, you obviously should have a career generating the income but I am not sure what abnormally will look like because I have never tried it thou. As a career person, your number one selling point is (& should be) timeliness.

When you give an appointment, get there ON TIME; it saves you the stress of giving excuses and stands you out as a serious business person. Get to work early (I have never heard of someone, punished for being early) and stay much longer if need be.

As an entrepreneur, you need to take proper care of your business. Never allow the output of some people affect your input. An example; say you design a photobook and send it to the lab for printing. Picking up
the print at later date, you discover they had messed it up. Make them pay for the reprint and not you.

Keep your product in the mind of your client by little gesture of kindness; like calling them on their birthdays, wedding anniversaries or even every two weeks. That way they keep remembering “Lagbaja photography are nice people, they actually called me on my birthday”.

For you to determine that your passion can pay your
bills, you need to keep records. This means separating your business from your person for evaluation sake. At the beginning of a business year, sit-down and write out your spending profile for the whole year. Calculate how many jobs will get you there. Write down the maximum and
minimum value you will charge your clients with respect to the number of jobs. Oh! Not to forget, never go below your minimum price for any job. You know what they say ‘like begets like’.

This is getting boring and my fingers are begging for mercy; those are cues for me to stop writing. However, if you feel you need more, kindly enroll for the master class: WHATEVERITTAKES.

I am Babalola Michael Tayo and I am a photopreneur on the verge of doing WHATEVERITTAKES to stand out. By the way, isn’t the title of this write up a funky one? What do you think?