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Just Pick Up the Phone!

By Strictly Business Blog

I love e-mail – it’s efficient, it’s fast, it’s effective.  It’s great for just about everything, except when it’s not. Dealing with a conflict?  Pick up the phone. Chances are that e-mail’s going to make a bad situation worse.  People can’t hear tone and most people (myself included) are scanning through a lot of mail so they just aren’t reading all that carefully.  Any time I see a conflict start (or am about to start…

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Cold-calling Doesn’t Have to Leave You Cold

By Strictly Business Blog

You’re starting out.  That means you probably have more time than money, and fewer clients than you’d like.  (This can happen to established pros, as well, but that’s another post…). What to do to pass the time?  Got internet? Got phone?  Got voice? Like a good photo shoot, do some prep.  Once you know what kind of client are you looking for, go find them (see: “Got internet?” above).  And there’s lots of ways to…

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But, I Don’t Know How to Price It

By Strictly Business Blog

Over the years, I’ve developed a collective resource for image license pricing advice.  Here’s a list of some of my favorites, from the theoretical to the pragmatic.  Take them as a seed start for investigations on pricing, and also with a grain of salt.  When pricing complicated assignments and licenses, I often refer to multiple sources at once. Negotiating Stock Photo Prices by Jim Pickerell and Cheryl Pickerell DiFrank An all-time favorite of mine for…

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On Your Mark, Get Set, GO!

By Strictly Business Blog

Let me make one thing clear – I am a big advocate of pricing by the shot or project.  With one or two exceptions (event photography comes to mind), charging by the hour just punishes you for gaining skills and investing in better equipment. It also encourages the client to try to pack as much work into the time allotment as possible, leaving you pressured to perform fast rather than perform well. BUT, in order…

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Attention Members Coming to PPE this Week

By Strictly Business Blog

Help ASMP – New Promotion for FAP and Membership Stop by “The ASMP Studio” in Room #2D01 of the Javits Center to take part in a new ASMP promotion. Friday, Oct. 29th 10 AM to 4 PM A special thank you to Shawn Henry and Tom Kelly for donating their photography and audio services for this project. Annual Meeting Friday, Oct. 29th Seminar Room 1E11 – Lower Level – Javits Center 6:30 pm – 8:00…

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Perception of Nickels and Dimes

By Strictly Business Blog

I hate my cell phone bill.  They nickel and dime me to death.   The bill is about $40 more than the plan I purchased.   They add all kinds of things to the bill and I don’t like it.   If I had my way, I would have wanted them to give me a price that my phone will cost per month and that’s it.   All taxes, fees and charges in one sum.   The problem is that…

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