TIPS60 – Should you volunteer your services to get your name out?
Here is another of our videos offering tips and inisights into the business of photography. a transcript of the video is included after the jump.
TRANSCRIPT:Here a few thoughts on volunteering your services as a photographer. I'm John Harrington. Volunteering your services as a photographer really shows your clients what your work is worth, nothing. Don't volunteer your services as a photographer to get your name out there. If you're going to volunteer for any reason, make certain the client knows what the value is that you bring to the services you are providing. Talk to them ahead of time about providing them with an invoice and exchanging checks, letting them know that maybe you're doing in kind volunteering and get your name in the program as a thousand dollar supporter or five hundred dollar supporter some variation of recognition of the value of the services you bring. But understand that is highly unlikely that this client, after you volunteered your services, is going to turn around and then pay you what your worth for those services down the line and they more than likely will recommend you to other people in need of volunteer photographers and they'll share that you volunteered your services for “”X”” organization you'd likely would volunteer services for the other one.So volunteering your services is risky business.
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