Despite the panic i'm still working
It seems that I am not the only one who has been awake in the night worrying about the Coronavirus and what implications it may have on our lives. This is a very troubling time for everyone and it seems it will continue for a while yet.
I have had some of my clients already contact me about postponing their bookings, which I understand is a major concern for them. To my clients I would like to reassure you that I will continue to work as long as I am able to along with the government guidelines.
For all of my clients if you have a session booked and, as a result of the government guidelines, need to reschedule your booking I will do my best to accommodate the new date into my diary. This will also mean that any payments already made will also be carried forward to the new date (please understand though that as I already have bookings in my diary until the end of the year this may not always be possible).
If you do have any questions about your booking please contact me. I would rather you had the answer than be worrying about it.
One of the things that has been keeping me awake is how I will cope financially. I am already in the situation where the majority of my bookings until the end of April have now been postponed (or are in the process of being postponed) until later in the year. This will have a major effect on me in the short term, it isn’t a major concern though as God has always found a way of providing what I need in the past and I am sure He will continue to do so.
What struck me this morning though, as I lay awake at 4am, is that I am not the only one in this situation. There are many other small business owners who are in a similar situation. It seems that it is the small businesses that are being hit harder with the worry about the immediate effects.
For shops, pubs, coffee shops, etc we are already noticing that people are not going out to the High Street. These are the people we need to support, the small businesses who help form the community that we live in.
The Good News
You may be wondering what is the good news in all of this? Well for me the good news is that with my work slowing down I now have time to find other ways to help the other small businesses in the community.
With the change being forced upon us by this situation we are facing the fact that we may need to find alternative ways of doing business. For many it may be the first time you will be venturing into the world of online selling or social media.
I haven’t been able to finalise any of my ideas yet however some of the ones that I have already come up with are:
Headshot Sessions – Events where you come along and only pay for what you want (I’m hoping I can find a venue to help here so that these can be heavily subsidised).
Show You Are Open – Days where I take a walk around a town or village and photograph business owners outside of their place of work (this would be free).
Product Photography – For those who sell smaller items this would be an opportunity for you to send me your samples for me to photograph so that you can get your products seen (I am hoping I can do this for free).
These are only some of the ideas I have at the moment but hopefully it will be an exciting time amidst the uncertainty and one that will not only help small businesses work together now, but also enable stronger relationships in the future.
If you are a business who would like to be involved in any of these ideas I would love to hear from you (particularly if you are a venue who could host an event or somewhere for product photography) so that I can get an idea of numbers.
What are your views?
If you have any views on ways that as a community we can help each other I would love to hear your ideas.
As soon as I have further details on any of my current ideas I will post them to my blog so please keep checking back.