Dear PPA Member,
Itâ€™s not a newsflash that the economy is not strong. Weâ€™re all looking for ways to save money, but there are some things that we canâ€™t cut out, especially when it comes to business expenses. Youâ€™ve probably heard the old adage, â€œYou have to spend money to make money,â€ right? The good thing is that as a PPA member, you donâ€™t have to spend as much.
Why not? Member-savings programs and other benefits.
PPA has many business-oriented benefits offered specifically on items that most photographers already use. I know youâ€™ve probably already shipped albums and reprints, but why continue to pay full price when you can get a discounted rate as a PPA member? Are you taking credit card payments? (If not, remember that people are more likely to put larger payments on their credit card, so offering this option can help you increase your sales.) PPA has a member benefit for that, too.
Nowadays, you want to keep your overhead as low as possible, so consider taking advantage of discounts like the following:
- 2008 Coupon Book
Every year, photographic vendors offer these exclusive discounts on items you need for business: printed cards, albums, giclÃ©e gallery wraps, software, Web services, and more. Download your free 2008-2009 Coupon Book now.
- DHL Shipping
You probably use shipping services often. As a PPA member, you can save some money on this task! Plus, DHL now offers ShipReady, a prepaid shipping solution without a fuel fee (fuel fees have increased 5% in May alone). ShipReady uses prepaid flat-fee shipping for envelopes, packs, and boxes for next-day and second-day services. To find out more about your DHL shipping benefits and to set up your account (or if you have questions about your current account) please contact the dedicated association hotline at 800-MEMBERS (800-636-2377, 8am - 7pm EST) or log onto: www.membersales.com/PPA.
- Credit Card Merchant Services
Midwest Transaction Group eases the burden of accepting credit card paymentsâ€¦for they understand the needs and seasonal fluctuations of pro photographers. A small company, they handle most transactions for pro photographers in the U.S. Whatâ€™s not to like with their low rates (a â€œqualified swipe transactionâ€ fee is only 1.55% + $0.20 per transaction with no monthly minimums) and great service (call 888-599-2209 anytime with processing issues and speak with a live person).
- Music Licensing
Music adds an emotional touch to a slide presentationâ€¦whether viewed in-person or online. PPA makes it easy for you to get the legal, affordable, quality music you need: Try the discounted licensing from Brokenjoeyrecords.com or Stock20.com.
Just check with PPA before you use a service or buy a product for your business. We might have a benefit that will not only help your business, but will also help your bottom line. After all, weâ€™re here to help you.
Director of Membership, Copyright & Government Affairs