Start thinking about plans for 2011.  Typically, you want to be planning months ahead of time for the business world.  Whether you are a professional photographer for events such as weddings, a stock photographer or a portrait photographer, or even just a hobbyist.  Here are some tips to planning ahead for the holidays and beyond!

1.  Holiday Sales Do you sell calendars, or have plans for holiday specials?  Get them prepped now to take advantage of holiday sales which should be starting soon!  Blog sponsor and supporter Nations Photo Lab has some great templates here

2.  Wedding photographers: Publish your availability calendars for 2011 – lots of proposals and such are done in the fall.  be ready!  (For those interested in scheduling a session with me, use my online calendar here)
3.  Portrait photographers: Lots of people send out holiday cards with family portraits on them.  Are you ready to pitch those?  If not, get there soon!  (Don’t forget to let people know you’re available too!)

4.  Stock photographers:  Retail venues will be switching to holiday themes VERY soon.  Halloween is likely a week or so away, and the boat has probably sailed on getting into stock photos for that time window, but right on its tail is Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.  It may be warm now, but get the holiday props out and start shooting now!
5.  Financial Info: We’re now in the last quarter of 2010.  Tax planning, inventory rotation, software amortization, etc., etc., etc.  All these things usually tend to be automatic for the seasoned business owner, but for those new to the scene, year-end is coming sooner than you know, so start planning now for the above (and more).

There’s my top five “prep” topics for today.  Got your own schedule too?   I’m sure there’s tons of others out there too though, so let us know what you have to plan between now and the end of the year.  Sound off in the comments, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow!  Happy shooting!

3 thoughts on “It’s Not Too Early to…

  1. Ah, love the tax collector! Not….

    You’re right, pre-planning now saves you a lot of grief later. For me, going through stretcher bar / paper / canvas inventory. Looking at what’s sold this year and what to regularly stock next year. Also, workshop schedules for next year. Busy, busy, busy!

  2. Yea, taxes – gross!! I think of all the things I do as a business owner, taxes is one of my least favorite. Give money away for hard work I’ve done – not exciting.

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