Starting your own photography business is both an exciting and scary time, and of course, you'll want to make sure you have the best business practices in place to ensure that your clients are happy and you're bringing in money. This great video will detail three mistakes to avoid with clients.
Coming to you from Jeff Rojas, this helpful video talks about three mistakes he made with his first client. As he mentions, one of them was not giving himself a reasonable timeframe to finish the project. When it comes to this, I've made my mantra "underpromise, overdeliver." In other words, always give yourself a slightly longer timeframe than you need. This way, if something goes wrong or you're simply swamped, you'll have a little wiggle room to still get things done. On the other hand, 95 percent of the time, you'll deliver early in the client's eyes, which always helps their impression of you. And of course, when you're deciding how much your time and abilities are worth, make sure you consider everything that goes into the process, not just the shoot. Travel, post-processing, etc. are all part of the time, energy, and cost you'll need to devote toward serving your clients.