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Strictly Business Blog

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Reaching Out

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Do you have any questions about business practices, techniques or fees? Try reaching out to other photographers within your specialty. If you feel uneasy about contacting your local competition then contact someone in another region. ASMP members find that communicating with others is a great benefit and it’s valuable to your growth!

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Network

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Network with your peers and others.    For example: If you are interested in getting into video production, get to know creatives who are already involved – sound mixers, camera operators, editors, writers etc.  Go to trade events and meet ups like Final Cut Pro meet ups to network with editors or trade shows where sound mixers and camera operators gather.  Your business grows and so do you. Video is a collaborative effort – surround…

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Museum Portfolio Reviews

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You can drop off your portfolio for review at a museum. Just call to find out what their policy is, and be aware that they may keep your portfolio for up to 6 months or more. You should also know that in most instances a junior staff member will be reviewing your portfolio.

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Pricing Help

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You can find out how other photographers priced and negotiated real jobs. Take a look at some on ASMP’s web site in the paperwork share section. Go to ASMP.org  under Business Resources/ Tutorials and forms/ licensing and paperwork share. Or, go directly by clicking here.

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5 Recession-Proof Sales Strategies

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1) Ask for Referrals – Let your clients know you’re looking to grow your business or take it to the next level.  Even if they don’t have names for you immediately, planting the seed will pay off in the long run.  If they do give you names, there’s no better way to break the ice with a new prospect than having a common friend.  See Blake Discher’s recent post for more referral ideas. 2) Know…

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