Business Stuff for Photographers
Hello photographer friend! Yes, I offer 1:1 mentoring via videochat or in person (in Denver, or at your location with travel fees). Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-213-6476 (Monday-Friday, 10am to 6pm Mountain time) to chat about mentoring.
Free Consultation (45 minutes)
Let's start with a 45-minute conversation by phone. We'll talk about your biggest pain points, where you are now, what you don't know and do know, and figure out which program package will be best for you. These meetings are the first step to working with me 1-on-1.
Quit Your Day Job Workshop for photographers
In 2012, I walked away from a 6-figure salary to work my boudoir photography business full time, finger in the air. Six months later, I was back in a job, part-time because my escape strategy, well, it didn't work. Let me teach you what I learned from that experience and what I've learned since in building a 6-figure boutique boudoir studio since then. My Quit Your Day Job Workshop for Photographers is structured either as a series of 6 2-hour online meetings or a 2-day in-person meeting at my Denver, Colorado studio. We'll answer the questions:
- Do you really need to quit your day job for good, or do you just need a different day job?
- Do you have the temperament to be an entrepreneur full time?
- How much money do you need to make so it's worth the risk of being self-employed?
- What things do you get from your day job (from benefits to socializing) that you'd need to replace, how much will that cost and how will you do it?
- What changes do you need to make to your business structure, operations, pricing, brand--anything--before you jump ship?
- And more
The workshop includes either the Pricing Audit or Workflow & Process Mapping Workshop content, plus 4 hours of ongoing phone/FB chat/email support after the workshop.
RATE // 1200
Workflow & Process Mapping Workshop
How many hats are you wearing right now, and how successful are you in each of those areas? Let me help you become more efficient in your work through creating visual maps for your overall client process, and then the processes underneath them. Once you see what the steps are, you can find holes in your system, reduce redundant/time-suck tasks and (gasp!) even outsource. I like to create a client workflow map first--from acquisition to archiving--and teach you as I go along. Then, we can build other process maps together, or you can tackle it on your own. This is a 3-hour in-person workshop that will change how you run your business forever.
RATE // 300 for macro process map / 50-100 for micro process maps (after first workshop)
EAT THE ELEPHANT MASTERMIND SESSIONS
You know how sometimes you have an idea for your business, and it sounds good in your head, but the second you try to bring it into the real world you get stuck? That's because you're seeing the whole gigantic elephant ... and the best way to eat the elephant is one bite at a time. Most people I know have a hard time working out the details, timelines, next steps, goals and more of a new endeavor on their own. In a traditional workplace, you can walk over to Mary's cube and get her 2 cents, or grab colleagues for a brainstorming session. As a solopreneur, not so much. My Eat the Elephant Mastermind Sessions are generally 3-hour meetings where we tackle a big project together. You'll leave with a punch list, a time line, an accountability partner with scheduled check ins ... and a whole lot of excitement.
RATE // 300
This workshop is 3-part process to help you understand how much money you need to make to stay in business and pay your electric bill (and all the things), with the result of a full pricing menu for one full service line. This includes a 60-minute start up meeting, a spreadsheet for number-crunching (usually served with a side of tears), a few emails, then a 90-minute meeting to flesh out your final service and product pricing menu.
RATE // 300
A full-scale scrutiny of everything you send to your clients, from recurring emails to newsletters to prep guides. I'll be looking for consistency in tone, word usage, graphic design and more. I'll note silly mistakes like typos and grammar issues. I'll also look for the holes in your client communications tools that may be causing you frustration (and probably cause clients to feel frustrated too). The end product is a report on what's working, what's not working, what's missing, plus a 60-minute online meeting/call to go over the results. I'll also include a list of recommendations for fixes, including tools and resources. The rate varies depending on how many pieces I need to look at. Note: this audit does not include your website.
RATE // starting at 200
How is your website working for you? This audit includes an in-depth review of everything from your written content (or lack thereof), information organization, site structure, user flow, look-and-feel and more. We'll start with a quick call for me to understand your ideal client, your aesthetic, and your mission + message. Once I'm done with the review, we'll spend about 60 minutes going over what I've found in a screenshare call. I'll include recommendations and resources. You'll also get a report via email.
RATE // 250
YOUR CONTRACT, TRANSFORMED
When I show other photographers my Studio Policies, aka my contract, they want it. Why? It's written in plain English, so people actually read it before they sign it. I rarely if ever have issues with clients who "didn't see that in the contract" because they just have to scan to get the gist of things. If you like the idea of my contract, but you want to keep yours intact, hire me to rework yours into common language that clients will read and understand. The rewrite will include analysis for any missing or confusing elements of your current policies, as well as a 30-minute consultation for me to ask/answer questions. Note: I am not an attorney, but a writer and communicator. I highly recommend that you have the new contract vetted by an attorney in your state. (Pssst, you can also buy my contract outright. See below!)
PRICE // 150