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Mistakes are Lessons in Disguise

By Strictly Business Blog

“If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not trying”-Wynton Marsalis I had been in business nearly two years when I made a terrible mistake. I don’t remember the nature of the disaster but the lesson I learned remains some 30 some years later. After a couple of days of hand ringing and self-recrimination, I figured that the mistake had cost around $5000. I asked myself if I should continue since I had just lost the amount…

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Strictly Business 3 – this Week in Philadelphia

By Strictly Business Blog

There is still time to sign up for SB3 in Philadelphia. Go HERE to register. This is the only East coast stop for this conference. Don’t miss the event everyone is talking about … “It will be your wake up call on how to be a professional photographer whether its new to you, you’re in a slump or you need a refresher.” – Jim Goldstein “No Matter what experience level or age there was something…

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The Fridge Account: A Personal Budget Perspective

By Strictly Business Blog

Take your yearly discretionary budget (for this exercise, what you would spend on non-reimbursable food, gas, entertainment etc. Personal stuff). Divide by 365 to give you a daily allowance. Post that number on your fridge.  It’s your Fridge Account. At the end of the day, if you have anything left from your allowance, add that remainder to your Fridge Account.  If you spent more than allowed, subtract the difference.  Watch it grow…or shrink. Now you can…

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Do You Overuse Email?

By Strictly Business Blog

Overly frequent e-mail promotions and updates can have an effect opposite of what you have intended. It may only be e-mail, but if you are not sending a new project, or have another relevant update, stick to a once every two, three or four month mailing. You don’t want a simple e-mail to be the thing irritates the client and comes between you and a job.

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