How She Grew a Sustainable Business

How She Grew a Sustainable Business

Ashley Harrison always had a dream to start her own photography business, but she was too chicken to pursue it. But, she knew she would regret it if she never even tried. So, when Ashley’s husband went back to school full-time, she decided it was now or never. When Ashley finally first started her business, she quickly realized that the way she was operating was not profitable. Not even a little bit. She had invested so much time, effort, and money into her growth, equipment, and props. Ashley knew that she would have to have an extraordinary amount of clients to be able to come close to having a sustainable business. She could quickly see her dreams fading away. ASHLEY, YOU INVESTED IN WHAT YOU FELT YOU NEEDED, BUT YOU DID NOT INVEST IN YOUR ACTUAL BUSINESS. SO, WHAT DID YOU DO ABOUT IT? I felt stuck. I wanted to contribute to my family’s income, but I also wanted to be able to stay home with my 5 children (soon to be 6 children). I knew I could not operate a low cost – high volume business AND give my family the time and attention that they deserve. I tried adding the option of purchasing prints, but had very poor success on my own. I was about 10 months into operating my business when I came across Profitography. I knew I needed help properly setting up a sustainable business, and I was excited to have someone guide me through it! A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS – THAT’S WHAT WE ALL WANT AND HOPE FOR! WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE THING YOU...
How She Found Her Business Support System

How She Found Her Business Support System

Jennie Bishop fell in love with birth photography and everything about babies when she was her best friend’s birth coach back in 2000. So, she signed up to attend the Hallmark Institute of Photography to hone her Photography skills. In 2009, after the birth of her son, she was looking for a career that would be rewarding, as well as flexible enough for her to raise a family. Jennie started her Photography business and loves capturing special moments in a family’s life. But, for many years her photography business was more of a hobby while she worked a stressful job in marketing. Once her youngest was a year old, Jennie knew it was time for her to take this photography business seriously, and she NEEDED to make money, and she WANTED a quality business support system. JENNIE, YOU WERE FEELING STUCK. WE THINK WE HAVE ALL BEEN THERE. WHAT DID YOU DO NEXT? Anna reached out to me when she saw a Facebook ad that she had seen of mine for a holiday mini sessions (she lives in the next town over), and she asked me to join The Snap Society Community. I took ONE webinar that Jamie did on IPS, and I was hooked! I knew that Jamie and Anna were people who were going to help me to get my business where it needs to be, and I signed up for Profitography right after that webinar. WE THINK YOU DEFINITELY MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE! WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE THING YOU LEARNED THROUGH PROFITOGRAPHY? Profitography has literally been life changing for me. I wake up every day...
How She Made More Time for Family and Business

How She Made More Time for Family and Business

Kristina Rose loves to do anything new and exciting. When she quit her office job to stay at home with her kids, she knew that her next great adventure would be starting her own Photography business. Kristina had always loved photography, and she need the income with the flexibility of being able to care for her children. She soon had so many clients and was working so many hours – and missing kids’ games, staying up late and getting up early to edit. There were back-to-back sessions every weekend, and horrible pains in her wrist to her shoulder from shooting so much. Kristina knew something had to change, because she needed more time for family and business. WHEN WE THINK OF A PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS, WE THINK OF MAKING OUR OWN HOURS. BUT, WHEN THE BUSINESS BECOMES OVERWHELMING, WE GET SO TIRED AND START TO LOSE OUR FERVOR. SO, KRISTINA, WHAT DID YOU DO? I was not happy at all with how my business was going. I wanted to go back to my office job, because trying to be a mom and working an insane amount of hours, was just not fun. And, when I actually sat down to figure out what I was really making, it was NOT worth what I was giving up. I could have made more money working a minimum wage job. So, when I cam across Profitography, I knew I had to take the course – to save my sanity! OH, SANITY – WE ALL STRIVE FOR IT! WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE THING YOU LEARNED THROUGH PROFITOGRAPHY? It’s hard for me to choose just one thing...
How She Learned to Provide EPIC Client Experiences

How She Learned to Provide EPIC Client Experiences

Wendy Vincent first became interested in Photography in High School. She started her business 4 years ago because she wanted to stay home with her kids during the day. Wendy wanted a way to contribute to the family income, and she loved Photography, so she thought that starting a Photography business would be so easy! And, when she first started her business, it was really easy to get clients through word-of-mouth referrals. But, she soon realized that it was because she did not have much competition with her bottom floor prices. Wendy had plenty of clients, but was running herself ragged. She wanted to provide great client experiences, but she knew she would have to change up her business plan, and she wanted to contribute a real salary to her family. WENDY, WE TOTALLY GET IT! YOU WANTED TO CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR FAMILY, BUT JUST DID NOT KNOW HOW TO MAKE A PROFIT. SO, WHAT CHANGES DID YOU MAKE ONCE YOU MOVED TO MAKE THAT PROFIT? I wanted to make a career out of this business. A few years into the business, my husband and I moved from a very small town to a large city. I knew that I need to make a change in the way I was doing my business, or I wouldn’t have the motivation to keep going with it in my new area. I couldn’t keep spending hours doing marketing, branding, shooting, editing, printing, and everything that comes with running a business – and make pennies! I knew I needed to somehow make more money per session, and I decided since I was going to begin...
How She Made Her Hobby Into A Profitable Business

How She Made Her Hobby Into A Profitable Business

Jenn Floyd never thought she could make a living with Photography, though she always had a love for it. But, when she married her husband, he helped her see that Photography was not just a hobby, it was a gift that Jenn possessed. Jenn decided to make a go of it, and while working a full-time job, she took on paying Photography clients on the side. After a few years of this, Jenn decided that she wanted to do Photography full-time, but her business skills were lacking. IT IS DEFINITELY A BIT SCARY TO TAKE THAT LEAP FROM SHOOTING ON THE SIDE, TO TURNING THAT INTO A FULL-TIME BUSINESS! WHAT DID YOU DO TO GAIN MORE BUSINESS SKILLS? I had absolutely no idea how to move forward with my business plan. Then, I saw the ad for Profitography come across on Facebook. I was very anxious about spending the money on this course, mainly because it meant investing in myself, and as a long time single mother, that just was not something I was comfortable doing. My husband, however, had a different perspective; one of pride and encouragement. He did not hesitate in the decision to sign me up, to allow me to acquire the tools necessary to take my love from a hobby to a profitable business. It quickly proved to be one of the best investments we ever made. OH, TO HAVE SUCH A SUPPORTIVE SPOUSE! WHAT AN ENCOURAGEMENT THAT MUST HAVE BEEN FOR YOU. WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE THING YOU LEARNED THROUGH PROFITOGRAPHY? I am worth it. I have learned so many important things, but when anyone...
How She Made Higher Average Sales

How She Made Higher Average Sales

Shannon Ryan loves Photography. When she had her first son, she knew she no longer wanted to work in retail management. The job drove her crazy and the hours were just not flexible enough for her to make enough time for her growing family. When she put her love for Photography and the want she had to stay home with her son, she decided to begin her journey into becoming a professional Photographer. She took the leap and never regretted it. PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS REALLY CALLS TO MOMS WHO WANT TO STAY HOME WITH THEIR KIDS, BUT NEED TO BRING IN SOME EXTRA INCOME. THE PROBLEM IS, NOT TOO MANY OF US KNOW EXACTLY HOW TO GO ABOUT RUNNING OUR OWN BUSINESSES. SHANNON, WHEN DID YOU START FEELING STUCK IN YOUR JOURNEY? I realized that I needed to make more money. My husband had recently had a huge cut in his income, and our house was headed towards foreclosure, and we were on government assistance. It was scary. I knew I needed to change what I was doing in my business. HOW TO MAKE MORE MONEY, IS WHAT MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS STRUGGLE WITH. WHEN YOU DECIDED TO TAKE PROFITOGRAPHY, WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE THING YOU LEARNED? I learned how to price my products and my time. I knew what I wanted to make, and I learned how to price accordingly. I was taught how to make my collections so that my clients would find them valuable enough to purchase. WHEN WE KNOW WHAT WE NEED TO MAKE, IT IS EASIER TO CHARGE WHAT WE ARE WORTH. SHARE WITH US YOUR...