The average person spends about 13 hours a week reading, deleting, sorting and writing emails. That’s 13 hours you are spending on tasks that have nothing to do with actually taking or processing photos. Allow me to manage your inbox, work calendar, customer phone messages and travel arrangements so that you can devote more time to the tasks that only you can do.
Most photographers I know have several places where they upload their content, sites like Facebook, Instagram, G+, Flickr, Zenfolio, SmugMug, and PhotoShelter. With my help, you can upload your photos to a single location. From there, I can resize, name and tag your photos and then upload them to your other portfolio and social media sites, freeing up your time. I can also register your work with the U.S. Copyright office, another time consuming task that many photographers feel is an important step in protecting their work.
Words may be the rule in the written world, but not for the photographer. Your specialty is taking pictures first, creating written content second. Writing takes time, editing takes time, formatting newsletters and designing eBooks…all take time away from your first love. I can edit your writing, create original content, and even design your email newsletters. Many people can write but only a select few can create art the way you can.
Your website is the hub of your photography business, the portal for all things that make you the small business owner. Keeping a clean, fresh site in front of viewers is an important part of running your photography business. I have a good working knowledge of HTML, as well as understand how to configure most website platforms, such as WordPress and SquareSpace. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is also an important part of getting and keeping your site in front of potential customers. It isn’t necessarily a hard task, but it can be time consuming.
Social media sites like Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and Pinterest are a great place to build your following. Posting images and short updates about what’s going on in the day-to-day of your business doesn’t take much time. It’s the follow up and keeping track of what’s being said to you and about you that can be time consuming. I can help manage the feedback loop on your social media sites.
The quality of customer service can make or break the reputation of a small business owner. Customers like to know that their voice is being heard, but sometimes it’s difficult to get back to customers in a timely manner, especially when you’ve got customer input coming in from all directions. Let me be the first point of contact for your customers. I’ll make sure they receive a timely and professional response and a personal touch that you might otherwise not have time for. You can be assured that your customers will be treated as if they were my own.
There are many ways to generate revenue via the Internet. Whether it is selling directly to a customer through ShootProof, SmugMug, Zenfolio, or using Shopify or WooCommerce embedded in your own site, I am adept at the backend tasks that keep an online storefront running. My history with contract work will be beneficial to you when it comes time to license your images or finalize client contracts.
My skills as an amateur photographer make me an invaluable asset for you when dealing with stock photo accounts. Once you’ve finished an image, I can resize and upload it to your sites, even adding short descriptions and keywords that make it easy for your work to be found. Allow me to help manage your revenue streams so you have more time to create the photos that support your livelihood.
For busy portrait photographers, the hub of your day-to-day is your Customer Relations Management tool (CRM). My current clients use Tave, Pixifi, WooCommerce, and 17hats to keep their professional lives straight. I personally use 17hats myself to keep my daily affairs in order. I understand the foundational elements of these types of tools, so if I didn't list your tool here, you can bet it won't take me long to get up to speed with what you're using!
I’ve tried to think of everything, but I’m sure I’ve left something out. If you need help with something I didn’t think of, just let me know.