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More small business talk

I've been trying to be proactive about networking with local photographers, so yesterday I met up with a guy who used to work in the same department I am now. But now he does mostly wedding videography, with some photography on the side. Afterwards he immediately offered me a destination wedding in Atlanta (he gets a lot of video gigs and tries to sell a photography package along, but he takes half the cut).

I refused the destination wedding because I wanted to get to know him more before I fly to Atlanta with him. But I did ask for close by referrals. He apparently does a lot of Indian Pentecostal weddings in Dallas. Yes, there's a giant community of Indian Pentecostals in Dallas.

Yesterday I also received 2 deposits. Which makes me at 4/20 weddings. And I scheduled another client meeting. I've 3 client meetings this week. I did a happy dance, but it was a very tired happy dance

So I like this volume, and I'm happy but it's a bit crazy. I never guessed in December last year when I was getting one or two inquiry a month, that I would be getting an inquiry almost every day, and I would be setting up so many meetings this month. In the personal life front, date nights and out-with-friends nights is getting shuffled around to make client meetings happen.

So I raised my prices again, from 1500 to 1700 for my lowest package. 

I also did a list of all the vacations, workshops, gear purchases, and stuff that I want paid before I jump ship. And it's a freaking long list. SIgh. I can see how small businesses are not profitable in the first year.

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preservationgal
Jan. 14th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
I've heard running one's own business compared to having a kid - it's a 24/7/365 process of worry and maintenence and being pro-active and making private-time sacrifices for the betterment of the business...

Then again, I'm neither a parent nor am I a small business owner, so I shouldn't talk.
dnivie
Jan. 17th, 2011 08:08 am (UTC)
Nice analogy
That's actually an excellent analogy !

Another parallell is that having a kid is 24x7x365 EXHAUSTING work to the point of sleep-deprivation for atleast half a year -- *BUT* that once the kid has grown a little bit, things settle down into a much more normal rhytm, allowing you to again have a life outside of being a parent.

A new business is similar: When starting out, it can consume ever waking minute. But if and when it works well, then after a year or two, things have settled down to the point where you've again got time for, you know, hobbies and stuff.
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