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Wednesday Website of the Week DIYPhotography.NET

My website of the week is a great site for photographers and diyers. Its DIYPhotography.net.

I love this website its great for doing projects and enhancing your photography skills. I recommend this website to anyone looking to do some projects like create your own backdrops, light rings, sliders, and backdrop stands.

Check it out please.

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Lateness CPT Time

I really wanted to touch on this topic. Its very important for business owners and clients/customers to understand lateness is not ok. I know black people have the reputation of always being late hence the phrase, “CPT” (Color People Time). However, thats just not going to fly anymore. Time is the most precious gift we have on this earth and for you to waste someone else is dead wrong. Your client is vital for your business success so making them feel important and treating them with respect is so important.

Working as many events as I have I seen it all. From late Djs, Bakers, Musician, Ceremony officials, Wedding party members, Videographer, Caters and Guest of honor. Treat the event as your own and try to arrive on early. Its ok to be early or on time. I never got where being late is cool and acceptable. I know you want to arrive fashinonalby late but that doesn’t apply to vendors.

I been a event photographer for over 9 years so I pride myself on being on time. You know the old phrase, “If your on time your late and if your early your on time.”  From initial consultation to the event date I want to make sure I arrive early. I don’t like to take that chance and end up running late for someones special date.  Things happen like flat tires, accidents, traffic jams, etc just giving yourself more time to get to your destination goes a long way.

 

Tips for Business Owners

  • Charge fees for late or missed appointments.
  • Prepare for your client event in advance if possible don’t wait for the last minute.
  • Get directions to your destination, look for alternate routes.
  • Communicate with your client(s) about arrival times.
  • Invest in some sort of roadside service for those dead batteries, flat tires, etc…
  • Create alarms and timers on your phone.
  • Make it a priority to arrive on time.

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Discounts and Hookups NO NO NO!!!!

When your black and you own your business at some point you’re going to have to deal with the “Can I get hookup and or discount” customer or client.  For those who don’t know what that is or have experienced that yet. Its a client or customer that thinks they are entitled to a discounted rate of service or price due to a personal relationship. Below are some of the most common reason why they feel that way.

  • Family
  • Co-Workers
  • Friends or Friend of the family
  • Classmates
  • Attend the same church
  • Same Race (Black)

The list can go on and on but i will stop here for right now. I will explain how to deal with each one over the next 30 days. Today we are dealing with how to handle family.

First one is family, when dealing with family and business i always tell people you have to be firm and direct. Maintaining your level of professionalism is very important when dealing with family. Treat them like they aren’t family (which can be a great thing).  When you’re around family you will find your self more comfortable and relax which can be a problem when discussing business matters. Below are two tips with dealing with family.

  • Be firm and direct about your prices and services. Don’t ever fill intimidated or let someone make you fell bad because you won’t provide a discount.
  • Explain to them, even though you’re family you are trying to run and maintain a successful business.  Its nothing personal just business.  If they pull the “other races don’t charge family full price.”  Your response should be, “other races family members don’t have a problem with paying full price to support family member and their dreams.”

I will tackle the rest of the relationships over the next 30 days. Hope you enjoy the blog so far. Thanks Lia for the kick I needed to get started.

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