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Trial Experiment

I’m thinking of attempting a portrait a day experiment where me and my camera will go to random spots around the Quad Cities and I will do at least one portraiture a day. Feature at least one person. I would want to gain a little info about each random person I meet and blog about them. I’m pretty excited about this experiment but I want to know what you guys think of it first!

What are some things I should have to make this trail experiment legitimate (in the eyes of the public)? I’m already bringing my pro equipment (obviously), business cards, and modeling waivers (special contracts that allow the use of images taken for professional usage). So if a random professional photographer came up to you and asked if you would like your portrait taken with the above stuff, and to be featured in a blog on their website/social media with the answers to some interesting facts about themselves like below, how would you react?

“How would you like people to see you/What would you like to be remembered for? Example: as kind, as a rebel, as a professional, as an athlete, as an artist, etc.”

“What has been/is your favorite part of life?”

“How do you define beauty? What is beautiful to you?”

“If you could do anything with your life without being confined by time, money, etc, what would you do?”

Let me know about your reactions in the comments below or even answer the questions above and attach a portrait of yourself!

Affordable is Subjective.

I am in several Facebook groups that are for online swap sites. Basis is people buy/sell used or like new products. Every so often I see posts for people looking for “Affordable” services. Whether it be lawn care, photography, construction work, auto care, etc, I constantly see them say they want cheap, or “affordable.”

Here’s the thing though…

What you can afford is completely subjective.

For example: With the jobs my husband and I have, we can afford a $70,000 house, Two $20,000 vehicles, and trips overseas. However, because we choose those things to spend our money on, I can not afford to buy the tattoos I want.

Now let’s take a doctor for example: A doctor can afford a $500,000 house, a Maserati, and trips overseas. On top of that they love to travel so much they also bought an RV.

There are also the people who use meager means to fulfill their basic and essential needs like a home, vehicle, etc. However, since they don’t use much of their money on “The basics,” they spend their money on whatever makes them happy.

What do all these people have in common? They’re all the same actually. They buy what they want, and they buy what is important to them.

So you see, “affordable” is based solely upon what is important to you. For some people, that could be their house, others-their cars, or another couple value art.

When you go from service to service, don’t expect all services that are similar in offering to be the same price. Some people value their business differently than others.

There’s also the obvious reasons for price difference, such as different cost of doing business. But perspective of their priorities is a HUGE factor.

THE ORAL CONTRACT | The Nacol Law Firm PC

I recently had a dispute about contracts. This is why I have clients sign contracts. Or all business I take has written proof through payment, email, text, etc. Not only does it protect my business but it also ensures I deliver on my obligations. And I typically can’t remember verbal promises which is why I try not to make them. The gist of this reblog is to show that if you have a written contract, it supersedes any verbal agreements for the same thing.

http://www.nacollawfirmblog.com/business-transactions/the-oral-contract

Things I’ve learned about Business.

1) If you are a sole proprietor, under NO circumstances let ANYONE else try to do your job. I have learned that nothing ever good comes out of trying to delegate tasks in a sole proprietary business. If you’re the only person working that business and you have 0 employees, I guarantee you, things will not work out for you to try and let someone else try to do your job without hiring and training them for it. For instance, if you are supposed to deliver something to a customer, DO NOT give it to someone else to do just because you’re all friends or they’re going that way, or they work together, or whatever the point. The fact of the matter is you need to remain professional at all times and follow through on your business endeavors, remember, these are the people that could be referring you to their friends or cutting you down.

2) Find a niche. Nothing is harder in business than competition. In today’s economy there are very few unique ideas, however, once you find what you’re good at, stick with it. You’ll get more business that way. Being a jack of many trades and an ace of none will run you around until you’re dizzy. Once you find your focal point, it also becomes easier to advertise for.

3) Get off your duff and ADVERTISE! Everything you do, everyday, needs to be an advertisement. Every person you meet, find some way to bring up your business (casually) and attempt to give out your card or in some cases product depending on what your business is. It’s always a good investment to buy clothing, accessories-like bags, car clings, and/or other products which daily show new potential clients or customers your name, logo, or other branding. They can also be conversation pieces if you have your products with you.

4) Do NOT be “in your face” about your business. People don’t like pushy salespeople, especially people they JUST meet; find a way to be suave and clever about it. I will post links in future blogs.

5) Do NOT get lazy. One of the biggest hurdles in being a sole proprietor is time management.

6) Be cautious in who you do business with. Do not get yourself affiliated with people who disrespect you OR your work, it’s terrible for your business and do not underestimate the power of “word of mouth.”

7) Don’t fear failure, embrace it. When you fail at something, LEARN from it, write down what made it fail and TRY again. Try a different approach the next time and avoid the costly errors you made the first.

8) Make lists and stick to them! Do the most important tasks on your list first and don’t forget to update them as needed and cross off things you accomplish as you go.

9) Make business connections, it is very important to meet lots of different people doing different things, you never know who could open up your inner circle or gain you a new client or what you could do for them. Don’t just take, GIVE too.

10) “ABLE”: Always Be Looking Employable. Since you should always be a walking advertisement and networking, you should always be looking like someone should hire you! First Impressions are everything. If you’re going to hand out your card to someone at WalMart, you had better not be in sweats!