Career Tips for Photographers

Career Tips for Photographers

You are not an employee; you do not have a boss!

The customer is not always king. Disrespect for yourself or your co-workers is not something you should accept.

Some customers believe they will buy you for the time they are working together as an “employee” who also appears at weekly meetings and to whom you can outsource anything.

But what is even worse – some self-employed people need years to understand that they are not “freelancers” and should not behave like that.

If you see yourself as a “freelancer” who is booked for a project period and who then submits to the customer’s schedule, logically we’re not talking about schedules such as wedding dates or reports that have to take place exactly then.

I mean the team meetings, for example that your customer organizes for his employees and then invites you to listen forever, although that is not relevant for you, then you shouldn’t be surprised if you soon feel like an employee, only without the advantages of being employed. Because that’s exactly what you do then!

I would have preferred to have understood much more clearly much earlier that I see myself as an entrepreneur and also have to carry it out to prevent that.

Your company, your rules!

You should understand it clearly that you and your team be protected from people who don’t know how to treat other people with respect. The team not only has permission, but also the obligation to break off “customer contact” in a friendly but clear manner if there is disrespect.

Like so many other things, respect is more important to us than sales. As a sole proprietor, you should always keep this in mind.

Speaking of price

Offering cheap doesn’t help anyone, but it harms you. Especially when you start out there is a great temptation to offer as cheap as possible.

I understand that. You might think ” better a cheap job than none “.

In addition, one also questions whether one can already ask so much when one is just beginning, etc.

In the worst case, you have not even considered calculating your own fee. Then by the way, please go back to your desk quickly, you shouldn’t even start without a proper calculation and a clear view of your pricing. You also don’t jump out of a plane without a parachute. I hope

After years of self-employment, I can only say one thing to you – if you offer cheap, you won’t help anyone, but you will harm yourself!

Your customer will not benefit even if they think so at first sight. Because if you offer cheap, then you have stress.

Maybe not right away with your first customer. Maybe not with the second or third either.

But if you offer too cheap several times, you will feel it. You will slowly realize that all of this cannot end and you will be a little under time pressure.

You will realize that you need twice and three times as many assignments as you have right now to survive this. Then you will get pressure and stress.

What do you think that does to the quality of your work?

I’ll tell you – you will definitely not be able to deliver the best possible work that would be possible in the long run.

But that’s exactly what you should be doing. Every day. Deliver your best possible.

Your customer benefits from this – after all, he gets the best work that money can buy from you.

And you benefit from this – your portfolio will be supplemented by another piece of good work = another step towards growth.

If you make your price a matter of negotiation and take part in the price discount (which, by the way, exists in every industry, not just in photography) we will ruin your pleasure in work in the long run, you will only complain about your “stupid customers” the quality of your work will decrease, so in turn the quality of your customers etc. A downward spiral that is difficult to get out of.

Even if you find 1000 arguments why you have to offer cheap, “because the others do that too” – believe me, the opposite is the case. Ending in the price war will actually mean your end sooner or later. You MUST stay out of this price war, the sooner the better.


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