Join a business group
Slight digression from your typical photo centric blog - As a small business owner i.e. one gal photo shop, it can be very "lonely". If I am not shooting I am editing, following up on emails, blog, facebook, etc. All of which I do in my home office. At my core, I am a social person. Being in the midst of a family or event for their portraits is my favorite part of my profession. If I never opened Photoshop again I'd be a happy girl:)!
A while ago I did a series of head shots for a firm in Worcester. Great shoot, great people but little did I know that in that mix was a woman who would literally change how I saw part of my business and myself. After delivering the final version of her teams head shots, Karen sent me an email asking if I'd like to participate in a Women in Business group that she was starting. I had heard of business groups before with mandatory meeting requirements, fees, recruitment efforts, etc. and that didn't interest me. But I liked her from our shoot so I thought "why not?". It was one meeting and if I didn't like it I'd bow out. Well that was over a year ago and I can't believe how the group has grown, bonded and educated each other. The only pressure to attend the once a month meeting is self inflicted - if you can't make it, just let the group know. If you want to recommend a new member from a profession that isn't represented then have them attend a meeting. Should we charge fees? - no let's keep it simple oh and BYOC (coffee):) Really, the business group has given me a sense of fitting in to the business world in the area I live. Not to mention some wonderful new friendships and many, many new clients.
This winter I teamed up with another member of the Business Group - Ashley Gauthier owner of Salon Exquisite for a night of mini makeovers and head shots for any member of our now 15 person business group. It was great fun to socialize with each other, chat about our personal lives and also share my skill set to aid their businesses. Below are a few samples:
So my unsolicited words of advice are: sometimes the most random meeting will turn you towards a wonderful and unexpected new path.
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