Time is money, correct? When you are in a freelance business this mantra is even more important. Some freelance business is a trial and error – others are mistakes you are still paying back. Most people who get into photography are not usually in it for the money – or at least not at the first time you dedicate yourself in it. Photography is an artistic pursuit and like all art forms, the attraction lies not in its earning potential but in the person’s desire to do something fun, creative and worthwhile. But the great thing about passion like photography is, while it is certain a fun hobby and interesting way to pass the time, it is also a potentially lucrative profession.
Whether you are looking to pass the savings onto your next client or increase your profit here are ways that can ensure you save money and time.
- Spend less money
This is easier said than done. It is a simple and easy way to lower your cost. Step one is to look at what you are currently spending and how it related to how much you are charging and how much your business is doing. Next step is to start tracking your expenses if you are not already doing so. Once you have done the two steps you need to carefully think about each and every business purchase and how it fits into your business budget.
- Share a studio space
If you have a studio space or are looking to move into one, you have to consider sharing. You can share expenses for the studio and have someone to help with maintaining the space. It is a fantastic way to have access to your own space without taking on all of the time and work.
- Streamline your workflow
Establishing a consistent and efficient workflow is essential to maximizing your time. Plan on getting more into detail about workflow here are the quick overview:
- Transfer raw images
- Cull images
- Move culled images over to new folder
- Import culled images
- Edit photos in light room
- Export gallery
- Limit the number of images
Clients would love to have a lot of images, however with too many to choose from it, it can get overwhelming and it can waste a lot of time for you to spend on editing all of those images. In order to keep a reasonable things for you and for your client choose at least between 20-30 images.