RESOURCES FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
PHOTO AUTHENTIC - A PATH TO PRO
PHOTO BUSINESS QUESTIONS? I CAN HELP YOU
Owner Lincoln Barbour is now offering limited enrollment to a unique online membership to help you start and grow a successful commercial photography business. With Lincoln’s 19 years of experience, he can help guide you with photo business education, career coaching, estimate consulting, and portfolio editing.
HOW MUCH TO CHARGE
Take the First Step Towards Setting your Pricing
In order to know how much you should charge for photography, you have to know how your salary, expenses, and the number of shoots you do in a year all work together. Check out this blog post to see how you set your Baseline Creative Fee based on your Cost of Doing Business (CODB).
PHOTO TIPS FROM A PRO
After almost 20 years as a photographer, Lincoln Barbour has amassed quite a bit of knowledge about what it takes to be a Pro. Here are some great concepts to get you started. Click Here to Read 43 Random Pro Tips Every Photographer Should Know.
PHOTO BUSINESS SOFTWARE TOOLS
This online subscription service is designed to make writing commercial photography estimates fast and easy. Before BlinkBid, we use to handwrite estimates in Word. Even with templates, the work was tedious and fraught with errors.
BlinkBid does a great job of speeding up the time it takes to write an estimate and it does all the math for you. Plus, you can share jobs with your producer or rep.
All our estimates go through BlinkBid. It’s very easy to add line items, usage terms, and payment terms. It’s pretty much the standard for commercial photographers and motion production companies.
Accounting and Invoicing Software
QuickBooks is a great accounting software subscription service. It pulls transactions in right from your bank. You can send invoices and receive payments via credit card or bank transfer. Plus, you can even pay vendors right from the program.
Besides accounting and bill paying, we use QuickBooks for financial reports like Profit & Loss, Cash Flow, and Sales Reports, and Balance Sheets.
There are a lot of options for accounting software, but we’ve found QuickBooks the easiest and most flexible to use.
Use the link below to get 50% off your subscription for 3 months and a $50 gift card
CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and Mailing List Software
This is one of our studio’s favorite tools. It’s good for photographers just as much as any business. It does two very key things: mailing list and customer relationship management or CRM
We use it to send out regular newsletters to our clients and people who joined our mailing list. We also will send special messages to segments of our customers to promote services or specials.
We also use it to manage our sales pipeline. From lead, to estimate, all the way through production and invoicing; all jobs flow through here and we never forget a customer.
There are lots of tools that do mailings and CRM, but this is the only one that does both very well at the same time. It’s a huge time saver.
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