In the K-A Momtrepreneur’s Corner, we introduce a K-A Mom Facebook Group member running her own small business in Japan. A special discount for KA blog readers is included at the end of the post.
This month, Peter Blake, a freelance photographer based in Tokyo, introduces his photography business which offers a range of services: portraits, events, parties, conferences, and workshops; live music and sports, documentary and editorial work.
1. What have you found to be the biggest challenge being a small business owner? How did you overcome it?
Cashflow is always important, and these days with a whole host of distractions ie the internet!!! it’s important to stay focused. I like to start each day by listing tasks and prioritising them. My wife largely supports me and my kids are 100% behind me, as much as a pair of 8-year old boys can be…most days Rex will come to my office (at home) and ask ‘nan en?’ Even if I didn’t produce any income that day, he’ll still slap me on the back and say ‘gambatte Daddy’
2. What do you enjoy most about being a small business owner?
I guess I have been self employed for most of my adult life. Apart from a spell in the employ of Jessops, and a year working at Royal Mail. It has to be the freedom, which of course is a double edged sword! And the lack of frustration with bosses who frankly have no clue what they were doing! I get to be creative and not just in photography; I’m becoming more craft oriented, and that kind of diversity would not be tolerated in a traditional job.
3. What advice do you have for fellow momtrepreneurs?
Give it a try. What do you have to lose? Start small and grow.
4. Brief Bio: name, country of origin, time and location in Japan, interests outside your business
Peter Blake, not THE Peter Blake, he’s a bit older, rounder, and considerably richer. not to mention more talented. Born in the UK, met my Japanese wife there, got married in Kumamoto in 1998, moved here in 2006 when my kids were almost 2 years old. They are twins, but not even remotely identical. We lived in Kagoshima for a couple of years, teaching English from home, and looking after the Mother-in-law, who unfortunately lost her battle with cancer in 2008. Then moved to Tokyo. Wow! What a difference! We live in a small quiet suburb of Suginami-ku, a short ride west of Shinjuku. When I’m not shooting, I love taking a bicycle ride just about anywhere. Getting lost in Tokyo is a favourite.
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