It’s only been a couple months now since I started my official business! I feel like it’s been a good 6 months!! It has been such a learning experience so far. I have been figuring out ways to be completely paperless, especially with contracts and invoicing. This world has been advancing and I wanna be a tech savvy business owner. For one it will be good for saving money to utilize emails instead of paper and ink. Also I’m looking into ways to allow credit/debit cards. Here is my research that I have done so far, but if you (the reader) have a good idea I may just throw in a discount for you on your next session with me. *wink wink* I also found a good way for clients to pay for their sessions. Utilizing the invoice option that I send to my clients they can pay for their session or prints via PayPal! That way clients can pay at their own convenience.
Things I’ve learned so far have been time consuming. Just learning what all needs to happen before you can actually say that you have a business. Also doing the research into what sites to use to run your business. Knowing me I’m all about saving money. Finding out ways and things to use to lower cost. Of course, having a site that will help out in every section of a business is ok in my book not to skip out on.
The site I use for everything for other than my website is called Pixifi. It was recommended to me by a local photographer. I started the trial and found out how amazingly great it is! So when my two month trial was over I had to figure out if I wanted to keep it and pay a monthly fee or find anther site that was as amazing as this one for a free monthly fee. I was unsuccessful, so I continued this site and I’m so glad I did. I keep being surprised of this site. It tracks all my expenses, payments, can send invoices and contracts via email which can be digitally signed and electronically paid, and has a client portal for clients to view all documents such as contracts and invoices. Of course there is so much more that this site can do.
Even though this business adventure is a lot of work, it is definitely worth it. I’m excited to continue on this journey and photograph my client’s special moments in life.