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#002: Photo Organizer Interview [Podcast]

Update 9/19/17

Join us at our new photo organizing podcast
Photos with Sherita!

BPC-podcast-art 600pxThis interview series introduces you to photo organizers around the country who share their unique stories.

Meet Julie Kessler

Julie headshotJulie Kessler, owner of Picture This Organized in Colorado, shares how she transitioned her business from professional organizing to specializing in photo organizing earlier this year. Julie is a certified member of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO). She uses a customized system with each client to help them identify the photos, memorabilia and home movies that tell the stories they want to share.

The fun part of listening to a podcast is that you don’t have to be tied down to your computer. You can download the audio file and load on your iPod/mp3 player. Here are a just a few ideas for listening while you are…

  • Walking the dog
  • Running errands in the car
  • Exercising

You can expect short information-packed podcasts that we’ll keep to 30 minutes or less because we know that we are all busy small business owners.

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Be sure to ask any questions in the comment section below after you listen. We love to hear from you!

If you missed the first interview, click here to listen to my interview with Rita Norton of Photovation.

If you have started your business but still don’t have professional print materials, take a look at our marketing templates designed exclusively for photo organizers. Everything you need for print and your online presence is included in one marketing set. Don’t forget we also have amazing business forms so you don’t have to re-invent the wheel AND you can present yourself to clients with a professional image. Be sure to visit the business forms page to watch the short videos with tips on how to use each form. My clients love them and yours will too!

3 Steps to Naming Your New Business

three stepsStill trying to think of name for your new business? All your favorite names are already taken? How do you find a name that you love?

Here are 3 steps to help you name your new business:

1. Keep it Simple

Don’t overthink it. If you don’t already own it, buy your own name as a domain. If you have a common name, add your middle initial or maiden last name + your married name. You can start a business by branding yourself. The idea is to get started and dive in to your new business. Some people may not advise you to use your own name if your vision is to build an empire that you want to sell later. Others like Marie Forleo, Michael Hyatt or Seth Godin might tell you that YOU are your brand. You can always add additional services and products with different domains. My point here is simple – you can spend months and months planning to be in business. As the amazing company with a unique name called Nike reminds us…”Just Do It.” Which should also remind you that a great tagline is as important as your business name.

2. Do Your Research

Write down or type a list of word combinations as a domain and see how they look together with no spaces. Prioritize your list from most favorite to least favorite. Google is your friend (or whatever search engine you prefer). Be prepared to buy a domain if it is available at the time of search. There are people/companies that are domain name brokers and buy and sell domains that they think someone would be interested in. Also be prepared that your top ten or even twenty could already be taken. Think branding and check domain availability, facebook, twitter and any other social media you know you might use.

3. Try an online naming tool

Your name is taken. All your favorite choices are taken. You have to get creative and here’s an interesting online name tool that Seth Godin called the “naming tool of the year”. Maybe Wordoid will help you find a unique name that will help you launch your new business!

Check out these other great articles about naming your business:

How to Name Your Business – MarieForleo.com
How to Pick the Right Name for Your New Business – Mashable.com
Choose Your Business Name – sba.gov

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If you have started your business but still don’t have professional print materials, take a look at our marketing templates designed exclusively for photo organizers. Everything you need for print and your online presence is included in one marketing set. Don’t forget we also have amazing business forms so you don’t have to re-invent the wheel AND you can present yourself to clients with a professional image. Be sure to visit the business forms page to watch the short videos with tips on how to use each form. My clients love them and yours will too!

Photo Organizer Interview [Podcast]

Update 9/19/17

Join us at our new photo organizing podcast
Photos with Sherita!

BPC-podcast-art 600pxThis podcast is the first in a series of interviews featuring photo organizers. Every organizer has their own story and by listening to each other we will pick up tips on how we can improve our own businesses. Use this series as a learning tool – each interview will be packed with rich content that is proven effective for other photo organizers.

The fun part of listening to a podcast is that you don’t have to be tied down to your computer. You can download the audio file and load on your iPod/mp3 player. Here are a just a few ideas for listening while you are…

  • Walking the dog
  • Running errands in the car
  • Exercising

You can expect short information-packed podcasts that we’ll keep to 30 minutes or less because we know that we are all busy small business owners.

Click to Listen

Rita Norton headshot 473pxOur first interview is with Rita Norton, photographer and owner of Photovation. We talk about who her ideal client is, what services she sub-contracts out and how she uses her bundle of professional business forms with her clients.

Be sure to ask any questions in the comment section after you listen. Rita and I would both love to hear what you think!

Marketing Templates and Maggie

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Marketing Templates

Maggie is our new graphic designer who has designed 3 beautiful marketing template sets to help photo organizers get their business up and running in a quick, simple, and affordable way. The sets will give you instant branding for both your online presence and print materials.

Designed specifically for photo organizers and available for purchase right now. Woo hoo!

Here’s a quick overview of how you can use these templates…

  • Templates are .psd files that you can open and edit with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
  • You should know Photoshop and be comfortable working with layers and clipping masks.
  • You can customize the set by changing colors and fonts.
  • You can print the marketing materials at a printer of your choice.
  • You can use your own photos or purchase stock photography
  • Generic photo organizer copy is included on rack card and post card.

If Photoshop isn’t your “thing”, you can pay to have your set customized with your business name and personal contact information as well as the colors of your choice.

Because we want to keep prices affordable for the start-up business owner, no other customization other than what is listed is available at this time.

Click here for all the details about the marketing template sets we currently offer.

More about Maggie

Maggie has been a graphic designer for over 14 years and is also a professional photographer. Since she is a small business owner herself and the mom of three, she “gets it”. She knows what it takes to run a business from home and her skill and expertise coupled with her passion to help women in business make this a great fit for Big Picture Coaching clients!

We really clicked from the start as she understood my vision to help women in small business and how we can offer additional services that help with all those decisions you have to make. We are excited about this new partnership and look forward to adding more design services in the near future.

We’re thinking you might like to purchase seasonal marketing postcards or some stock photography. We have a running list of future services already started but we really want to know what you want.

Let us know in the comments what are some of the things you wish you had but don’t want to have to figure out how to make yourself!

P.S. My two favorite forms are now available in the business forms shop! Watch the video tutorials for the forms which include the Individual Timeline Form and the Family Timeline Form. These interactive forms designed by Rita Norton of Photovation are AMAZING.