A little frustrated
I think most people like the fact that I’ve been taking pictures for them without payment for services. Those who have insisted, I tell them that they can get me gift certificates to local stores (mainly for grocery buying).
But I’m a little tired of that. So while I work on trying to figure out the back-end of setting up a small business (i.e. paperwork), if someone happens to request photos to be taken, I have been saying that I’m happy to do so, but I will be charging a certain amount.
Only fair right? I provide a service, take time out of my days (plural), and should be paid for it. Correct? After all, I do have a regular day job that eats up about 12 hours of my day (commuting is tacked into that number).
Seems simple enough, and yet, when some have been contacting me recently for photography services, and when I tell them that I’ll be charging, I tend to only hear silence from the other end.
It’s a little frustrating, to say the least. But maybe I shouldn’t pay attention and keep going? I’m not sure. When starting a small business, all the contacts you have are quite precious and seem so rare. I’m really not sure what to do.
I’m guessing there isn’t much I can do. Just keep moving along and hope that I’ll eventually get a few paying customers here and there, right?