Closing Down STATEMENT
After 6 years in the Creative and Digital industry, I have decided to temporarily withdraw from this industry. I feel deeply disappointed as in New Zealand I have not had the opportunities that I expected professionally, and that has lost me a lot of time and money that I have invested to continue in this industry. For the moment, I will have to set my sights on other countries where I can find the opportunities to build my future and the future of Jhoan Rivas Networks.
It has been really difficult to get ahead since this is one of the most undervalued and oversaturated industries that currently exist, clients don't want to pay what the service is really worth, and they expect great results, the work tools are really expensive compared to other industries such as House Painting, Commercial Cleaning and Private Education that with almost no budget and few skills, they make much more money than a photographer or graphic designer in New Zealand in most cases. Adding that as a former refugee and foreigner I find myself at a great disadvantage in the local market due to cultural and linguistic barriers.
Another important factor is technology. Digital platforms that offer "cheap or free" services have destroyed the industry, since it has made all our effort and work worthless, making people believe that our services should be super cheap, and if they are not, they will look for someone who charges them cheaper.
It is so well one of the most misunderstood and forgotten industries since people think that it is easy to design something, do photography, or any digital service. The truth is that each service is an extremely slow process and requires a lot of skills.
That leads me to a single conclusion, working only with clients with high purchasing power, the problem is that this sector is already dominated by large agencies or companies.
I'll wait to see what the future holds for me, otherwise, I will withdraw from this industry permanently at the end of this year. Jhoan Rivas Networks will continue for the time being, but with a focus on other industries, and thus be able to save my life project.
Jhoan, R (Founder)
Closing down on September 22, 2021