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Breakout Business Session : Pricing | Mandeville LA Photography Workshop

Monday night I hosted and taught the first of an upcoming series of Breakout Business Sessions.

We had a fabulous and relaxing evening at my house as we grabbed our pencils and calculators or eh smart phones.

These ladies came wanting and desiring to make more money.  

Whoa.  you heard me right.

They are business owners and they have every right to desire that and want that and I commend them.

I know I’m probably crossing a line here with some of you as you read.  Wait.  It’s just not a hobby?  Not for these ladies that wanted to get serious about their business.  Do they enjoy their work, absolutely.  Do they want a life, absolutely.  Do they want to make a living, absolutely.  I cheer them on with these goals.

I really don’t know of anyone that is on a career path that would be ok with having the same salary that they started off with 3-4 years ago.  I can’t recall having a conversation with anyone that would be ok with this idea.  If you are ok with this idea, can you please just not tell me.  I’d rather not know, because honestly that’s not normal.  the end.

We spent the evening writing down a lot of numbers, running a lot of numbers and I think they walked away with knowing what they want to make per hour, how much time they invest in a given session and what their profit is.

I coached them on the pros and cons of a la carte as well as packages/collections that they can offer their clients. I taught them to value their work…this is honestly the first step in understanding your pricing structure.  I can’t wait to see where and how their businesses grow as a result of this evening, I’ve already heard one success story this week.  I received a text from one of the gals saying she booked her TOP wedding collection this week.  That’s big…that’s some bucks and that’s some bang!!! Woohoo my heart leaped for joy for her!!!!!!!

I’ll leave you with this…

If you as a business owner can’t value your work or product, how will your client or potential client?

PS of course we had some yummy snacks and coffee!  We ate some pumpkin bread, hoping to cheer in the fall weather…hasn’t worked yet, still crossing my fingers!

Interested in future Business Breakout Sessions?  Interested in the 8 week one on one ONLINE Photographers Business Mentor Program?  Contact me today erin@erinrachelphotography.com

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