September 11, 2019
Networking has a certain effect on some people: they turn and run. If you’re used to being a lone wolf and aren’t exactly a social butterfly, you may find it daunting to consider how important getting out there and networking is for your photography business.
This is an oldie-but-goodie article, a classic by Idealist Careers, that gives you “20 Ways to Network that Don’t Feel Like Networking.” You’re still going to have to leave your comfort zone and venture out there, but the list gives you pain-free ways to meet people. Networking is a must-do, important part of increasing your sales and profits. If you’re serious about being the most successful photographer you can be, networking is an essential part of the package.
Workshops, conferences, clubs, connecting with coworkers, alumni groups...all these are here and more, giving you a ton of ideas...at least a few of which you can start this fall. PPA Council Member Judy Reinford even gave us one of her own suggestions: “ I joined a Gala committee and that has been a great way to connect with a potential client as you are contacting people for donations.”
There are all sorts of creative ways to get out there and start networking, especially for photographers! What are some of yours? Connect on theLoop and share them with us! And of course, if you’re not a PPA member, join today so you can start learning how to network and take your photography business to the next level.