on 28-09-2017 12:27 PM
You're doing great! Welcome to the community
Sorry to hear about the redundancies, welcome to the world of start-ups!]
So how can we help? Do tell us more about your business.
on 28-09-2017 01:49 PM
Well at the minute I'm trying to push my little empire to start receiving more portrait shoots for babies and toddlers so have been posting some of my flyers over the last week around my local area to help push my name; as yet I haven't had any enquiries but I'm hoping out of the houses I have posted to at least one is bound to contact me ... I hope!
I'm also looking to work with businesses for commercial and product photography too. I may have one in the pipeline but find out for definite on Monday!
It's just so daunting not having a regular income now when we have a wedding to save for plus your every day bills etc!
I have also been applying for normal jobs and seeing what happens first ... normal job or my photography ... it's all a bit stressful at the moment!
on 28-09-2017 03:20 PM
I want to share few ideas and hope it may help you progress further!
The best way to make awareness of your photography business is to take some flyers and business cards at your local networking events. You need to speak to the right target audience to let them know what you are offering and how different you are to your competitors. If you have a local magazine where you can put your story with your photography and experience. It takes hard work, lots of ways of promoting as we have social media. Maybe, create a Facebook page , Twitter and Instagram.
You have to keep reminding people through flyers, local press, magazines. Join your local networking groups as word of mouth is the best option as a start-up!
I am sure Virgin Pioneers will add more to some of the points that I have made from my personal experience in growing from scratch!
on 28-09-2017 04:00 PM
im covered with all the social media platforms haha
i hace been to one business meet up but I found it incredibly "clicky" a lot of the people there had been going to these events for a long time so weren't interested in any of the new faces... maybe I need to find a different networking group!
on 28-09-2017 04:50 PM
@LRPhotography68 I'm sure there are others who find some networking events difficult, it's not uncommon, not a problem we have here! There may be some other pioneers who can share their own experiences of networking, and maybe offer advice about it.
@Jotty had some great advice there, pleased to see you are happy with your social networking channels. There is so much to think about when marketing a business!
Have you found word-of-mouth recommendations to be helpful?
on 28-09-2017 06:16 PM
Sadly, people don't appear to have spread the love for my services, it's especially hurtful when family members don't.
its just very frustrating.
but if there are any other entrepreneurs from Leicester on here that know of good networking events I'd love to know about them :-)
on 29-09-2017 08:49 AM
I agree with many of the comments about how good networking events can be - but also realise that networking happens in everyday life and you never know where the next opportunity might arise- always have a flyer in your back pocket! If you are after children pictures, have you looked at targetting childrens nurseries/primary schools- they may allow a flyer in the bags- offering a prize or being involved with a 'special day' where you could be the photographer for a special outing for the school for a mention in their newsletter? Christmas coming could a photo be taken with a christmas theme and offered as a gift they purchase. Coud you offer to take a speech on photography for one of their special assemblies and have a flyer in bookbags? look to see if any of the women business meetings in area are looking for external speakers and offer advice on best way to photograph- with internet important for many businesses the visual impact is huge and many could do with advice- and you don't know where that might lead!. We have a lot of cakes going out for cake smashes- might be an area to offer? hope this helps.Good luck.
on 29-09-2017 09:21 AM
yes, that is a good idea! I did approach local nurseries but I was told I couldn't leave my flyers as they had a recommended photographer who did their "nursery" photos. Maybe if I explained it was to offer photographic services for sibling shoots, family shoots etc then maybe they would allow the flyers then? Worth a second shot!
i always have business cards on me as like you say, you never know when you might need them!
what is your business called? I'd be interested to have a look at the cakes you provide for cake smash shoots :-)
on 29-09-2017 09:33 AM
HI, we have bakers across UK hand delivering home made cakes- www.mumsbakecakes.co.uk. Might be worth chatting to senior schools who often have 'focus' days where they ask for assistance from community to take a workshop- media studies is a big subject now- and perhaps offering to take a session could allow them to 'promote' you? Putting up 'educational' videos is definitely a way to create more traction- become the 'the person that wants to help' also available for taking photos!
on 29-09-2017 04:53 PM
We wish you all the best in your new journey! Don't give up because it takes time to build a start-up!
You will go through some roller coaster moments but that is what will drive you to be determined to succeed!