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Knowledge is Power in a Negotiation

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Part of preparing for any negotiation is preparing yourself. Knowing the market, both geographic and specialty, in which you’ll be competing is critically important. A very handy tool right on your desktop is your computer. Mine is always on, always connected to the Internet, and I use it when a new client calls for a quote. As soon as the person identifies the company he or she works for, I can “Google” the company’s name, click on the…

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What can you do today, in this business climate, to get work now?

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Nothing. I know that sounds harsh, but anything you could do that might possibly bring in business now will, in the long run, hurt your business. Things like lowering your price, offering unlimited rights for the price of a year of web use, or shooting (heaven forbid!) on spec, might possibly get someone in your door today, but when the market turns for the better, you will be known as the place to go to…

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What about paperwork?

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Today we hear what our photographers have to say about paperwork. (8 min, 10 sec) Proper paperwork, from estimates to invoices, is critical to your business success. We have samples on ASMP.org that can get you started, but first listen to what these guys have to say …

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BUILDING YOUR OWN TEAM – The Accountant

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It is that tax time again. I just met my accountant for our semi annual cup of coffee to drop off my paperwork and financial records for him to use in preparing my taxes. I can’t tell you how much of a relief it is to know that I have someone on my team. Being a photographer is a business, and although it is important to be creative with the photographs we produce, it’s not…

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TAKE A HIKE, HIT THE ROAD, GET WET!

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Feeling creatively stuck? Faced with a problem you just can’t solve? Instead of hunkering down and focusing all your energies on finding the right solution, try getting away from it – mentally and physically. Experts tell us that people do their best thinking when they’re walking, driving or taking a shower. As a green alternative, biking offers fast-paced scenery changes to stimulate your creativity. And if exercise doesn’t do it for you, meditation might. For…

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