Approve the Cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and our Privacy Policy.
OK
Index  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Guest
New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Register to forums    Log in

 
FORUMS Post Processing, Marketing & Presenting Photos The Business of Photography 
Thread started 09 Jan 2013 (Wednesday) 09:54
Search threadPrev/next
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

What are everyones new years resolutions - business wise?

 
GerryDavid
Goldmember
1,802 posts
Gallery: 1 photo
Likes: 27
Joined Mar 2005
     
Jan 09, 2013 09:54 |  #1

Each year I look at what I did the year before and try to come up with things to improve my business. Last year it was to only offer in person picture viewings unless they live to far away to do one. I noticed all my senior representatives that I did the viewing online with didnt order a single thing extra. There was a couple other things but I dont recall what they were.

This year its my goal to have a turn around for 1 week. From the time they place the order from the time I get it in their hands. Unless they pay with a check, then Ill have to hold it for 2 weeks to make sure. :)

Another one is to get a testimonial from every client and to get them to share it on facebook, then Ill add it to my website.

And finally its my goal to finally redesign my main website. Smugmug jacked up the prices so im leaving them, I dont use most of their services so its not a problem. :)

I do realize this is something we should do every 3 months, look at our strengths weaknesses advantages and what ever the 4th one is *swat?* but new years is a good time to do it as well. :D


Canon investor

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)
glumpy
Senior Member
388 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Jul 2010
     
Jan 10, 2013 02:41 |  #2
bannedPermanent ban

I'm doing this now.

First thing was to look at the problems I had last year and put things into place to eliminate them.
I'm drawing up check lists, procedures and workflows to make things as fool proof as I can work out.
When you shoot thousands of pics a week, even .5% of bugger ups is a lot of work and customers you have to appease. I do well with it at the moment but I want to make it as perfect as possible.

Also working on creating Bullchit customer service. If something goes wrong, I want it fixed in a ridiculously short time. In what I'm doing I can literally have 500 stoked clients and I'll get one that whines and carrys on ( usually without foundation) and they undermine everything else. It's crap but it the way it is so have to knock that on the head asap and turn the whingers to converts.

Next thing is new markets. I have Identified one that I'm going after that seems competition free and has plenty of Customer saturation and venues I can set up at.
I'll go in and do a test marketing exercise and then try and screw down 3 year contracts.
There are a LOT of venues in the market I can approach and I conservatively figure each one is worth $50K+ a year. It's big money but an easy procedure with little to go wrong .

I am also looking at the photobooth market only where I offer a live photographer and studio setup at the same price. I do this with corporate and charity events, just going to see how I go marketing it to a different group.

I want to not do any regular photo work myself this year. I'll Hire and train people to do the grunt work for me and I'll work on it not in it. I'll keep myself in reserve so if someone is sick or can't come in that day, I have myself as reserve and backup.
There is otherwise plenty for me to do just running round keeping things going , lining up new work, moving equipment around etc.
My health has not been as good as I had hoped and I did way too much 4th quarter last year and suffered badly for it.
Made a lot of money but geez I paid a heavy price. Not going down that road again. Have to work a lot smarter and a lot less hard or I will kill myself.

Other thing I'm working on right now is converting the studio to an office and printing room. All the work is outside now and I need space to administer it and do the printing we don't / cant do onsite.
I may be hiring someone just to do printing later in the year so I'll set up for that now.

I thought of going back to weddings as I have a fantastic lead but I can't see that being practical. Weekends are too valuable with the other work. I might look at going upper end market so I don't do too many but the ones I do are worth it. See what happens.

One thing I have decided to do this year is take a long weekend off every month. I have recently connected with my father after 30+ years of him being married to a **** that died 12 months ago. Things have been going very well between us but now I'm sad that our time will be limited and I don't have much to make up for a lot of years.
I have decided that I'm going to go for a drive every month up the country and spend a weekend or maybe a couple of days through the week with him.
If I don't make that a priority, Time will slip away and so will he and it will be too late then. Not a mistake I'm going to make.

Now the **** is burning in hell, he's taken a new interest in his Business ( at age 75!) and it's keeping him interested in life and brings people to see him instead of him being lonely. I have been giving him some business help with that and what was seen as stupid, he's now surprised at how well it's worked. I want to keep him busy in a way that's not demanding on him physicaly or otherwise and I'm really enjoying playing in a new market that's fresh and different with new challenges to what I'm used to.

My real goal with that is to build it up so the old fella can get the best price for it when he doesn't want to do it any more and wants to sell it off. The more he gets the more comfortable he can be in his retirement.

Despite all the gloom and doom people go on with, I think there are endless opportunities out there for those that are prepared to do what it takes over just what they want.

I look around me and I see people spending and making fortunes all around at the same time I hear people bleating about the economy etc. It was supposed to be bad last year. If that' was bad, I hope this year is just as bad for me! :lol:


From RDKirk: First, let me check the forum heading...yes, it does say "Business of Photography" and not "Hobby of Photography." Okay. So we're talking about making money, not about hobbies. By "business" I am presuming activities that pay expenses and produce a profit over the long term.

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
abbypanda
Goldmember
1,804 posts
Likes: 5
Joined Nov 2011
     
Jan 10, 2013 02:49 |  #3

I just got a jump start did my taxes for the MMA gyms. This is always great b/c I eliminate expenses from last years "wasted" expenses and make new plans.

Don't have any resolutions per say but by the end of this year we'd like downsize one of our locations to just been at the gym close to our house (less running around).

I'd also like to start my photography business.

glumpy wrote in post #15469440 (external link)
Despite all the gloom and doom people go on with, I think there are endless opportunities out there for those that are prepared to do what it takes over just what they want.

And yes I do agree with this. While I've def noticed it's harder to find staff and keep them, for those willing to work there is work....It might not be a dream job, but there's work out there. We tried hiring folks a lot last year, and none of them wanted to work.... and we were paying real good too. Oh well. One goal of mine is to build up some reliable employees.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
HughTFall
Member
Avatar
30 posts
Joined Sep 2012
Location: RoseOak House, Colwood Lane, Warninglid, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 5UQ
     
Jan 10, 2013 03:06 |  #4

In my case, I would like my business to be more progressive this year and good health for my family.


Experienced Product Photographer (external link)!:cool:

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
glumpy
Senior Member
388 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Jul 2010
     
Jan 10, 2013 04:40 |  #5
bannedPermanent ban

abbypanda wrote in post #15469449 (external link)
We tried hiring folks a lot last year, and none of them wanted to work.... and we were paying real good too. Oh well. One goal of mine is to build up some reliable employees.

Yeah, I see that as being both my biggest hurdle and fear in my grandiose plans for world Photography Domination.

I got Lucky last year, Hired 2 girls out of desperation in honesty and they turned out to be Gems. One is off to makeup or "girly over saturated, no jobs available" school in a month so I have lost her but wouldn't be surprised if she wants to come back later on. It's going to take a loooong time for her to get the same money in that field as I was paying.

The other one I think and hope will stay. She comes across as a fair dinkum Bimbo but has amazed me with her out of the box soloutions to solve problems while thinking on her feet. Seems like the bigger the problem and the more pressure shes under, the better she shines.

I have come to have a lot of respect for that kid even when she makes the odd silly stuff up. :lol:


From RDKirk: First, let me check the forum heading...yes, it does say "Business of Photography" and not "Hobby of Photography." Okay. So we're talking about making money, not about hobbies. By "business" I am presuming activities that pay expenses and produce a profit over the long term.

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
GerryDavid
THREAD ­ STARTER
Goldmember
1,802 posts
Gallery: 1 photo
Likes: 27
Joined Mar 2005
     
Jan 10, 2013 11:16 |  #6

glumpy wrote in post #15469440 (external link)
Also working on creating Bullchit customer service. If something goes wrong, I want it fixed in a ridiculously short time. In what I'm doing I can literally have 500 stoked clients and I'll get one that whines and carrys on ( usually without foundation) and they undermine everything else. It's crap but it the way it is so have to knock that on the head asap and turn the whingers to converts.

Bullchit, I like that. :)

glumpy wrote in post #15469440 (external link)
One thing I have decided to do this year is take a long weekend off every month. I have recently connected with my father after 30+ years of him being married to a **** that died 12 months ago. Things have been going very well between us but now I'm sad that our time will be limited and I don't have much to make up for a lot of years.
I have decided that I'm going to go for a drive every month up the country and spend a weekend or maybe a couple of days through the week with him.
If I don't make that a priority, Time will slip away and so will he and it will be too late then. Not a mistake I'm going to make.

I'm glad to hear that you are talking to your dad again! Family is to important to let things stand in the way of being close.

What kind of work does he do?

Eventually I will probably have to hire staff, but its not something I am looking forward to. Besides the added business complications and added expenses of paying their social security, etc, it sounds hard to find reliable staff. I know of one restaurant near by that claims they are closing because they cant find staff that will do their job and/or stick around.


Canon investor

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
delhi
Goldmember
Avatar
2,483 posts
Joined Feb 2005
Location: 3rd Rock from the Sun
     
Jan 10, 2013 15:32 |  #7

Hire a kick ass associate photographer that would shoot for free. :)


Vancouver Portrait Photographer (external link)
No toys. Just tools. (external link) :lol:

5d3/1dx AF Guidebook | What AF Points to use for my 5d3/1dx?! (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
GerryDavid
THREAD ­ STARTER
Goldmember
1,802 posts
Gallery: 1 photo
Likes: 27
Joined Mar 2005
     
Jan 10, 2013 17:54 |  #8

todays hired photographer is tomorrows direct competition. :) When I hire someone I think it should be someone with zero interest in photography :D


Canon investor

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
FerozeK
Senior Member
Avatar
250 posts
Likes: 8
Joined Apr 2012
Location: JHB, South Africa
     
Jan 11, 2013 15:24 |  #9

Every year I try and send the worst 10% of my client base to my rivals.....




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
glumpy
Senior Member
388 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Jul 2010
     
Jan 11, 2013 20:56 |  #10
bannedPermanent ban

GerryDavid wrote in post #15472312 (external link)
todays hired photographer is tomorrows direct competition. :) When I hire someone I think it should be someone with zero interest in photography :D

And where would you find such a person these days?

Seems to me everyone with a phone let alone a camera thinks they are a photographer and has talent. :lol:


From RDKirk: First, let me check the forum heading...yes, it does say "Business of Photography" and not "Hobby of Photography." Okay. So we're talking about making money, not about hobbies. By "business" I am presuming activities that pay expenses and produce a profit over the long term.

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

1,223 views & 0 likes for this thread
What are everyones new years resolutions - business wise?
FORUMS Post Processing, Marketing & Presenting Photos The Business of Photography 
AAA
x 1600
y 1600

Jump to forum...   •  Rules   •  Index   •  New posts   •  RTAT   •  'Best of'   •  Gallery   •  Gear   •  Reviews   •  Member list   •  Polls   •  Image rules   •  Search   •  Password reset

Not a member yet?
Register to forums
Registered members may log in to forums and access all the features: full search, image upload, follow forums, own gear list and ratings, likes, more forums, private messaging, thread follow, notifications, own gallery, all settings, view hosted photos, own reviews, see more and do more... and all is free. Don't be a stranger - register now and start posting!


COOKIES DISCLAIMER: This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and to our privacy policy.
Privacy policy and cookie usage info.


POWERED BY AMASS forum software 2.1forum software
version 2.1 /
code and design
by Pekka Saarinen ©
for photography-on-the.net

Latest registered member is Kassket
1203 guests, 307 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 15144, that happened on Nov 22, 2018

Photography-on-the.net Digital Photography Forums is the website for photographers and all who love great photos, camera and post processing techniques, gear talk, discussion and sharing. Professionals, hobbyists, newbies and those who don't even own a camera -- all are welcome regardless of skill, favourite brand, gear, gender or age. Registering and usage is free.