Complete Photography Business Planner In Smoke 2017-2021
My goal was to have a printable planner that is beautiful, functional and inspirational for photographers. Every aspect of this it has been created to help you organize your business and keep everything important in one convenient place.
I'm sure many of you can relate to how I felt when searching for the perfect planner. The ones I found were beautiful but lacked the functionality. Some were functional but so far from pretty. One day I sat down, wrote down ALL aspects of what I do for my business and create the first official Photography Business Planner. Thousands of photographers ordered their copy and I'm so excited to launch the new updated version. This year I wanted to make it even more beautiful and functional!
You'll see that this year you have the to option to create a custom cover, which means you get to customize it to your branding, business and life by adding your very own portrait to the cover.
THE PLANNER THAT INSPIRES
Reading quotes is something I love to do. For days I sat by my computer and found the most inspirational quotes and added them to the top of the pages. This way every new day page you use, you'll have something to inspire you. At the bottom of the page, you'll find fun little sayings to bring our your inner girl boss out and keep you motivated to keep pushing forward with your business.
FOUR WHOLE CALENDARS!
This year we decided to make this planner even more functional for photographers and added in THREE years worth of calendar pages. We understand that many of us have to book clients well in advance and that will be easy to do in our new planner. When you open the planner to the calendar section you'll see on the left page January 2018, then on right side January 2019, and on the following page January 2020. It's like this for the whole year so you'll never need to jump around and will be able to see what you have booked with just quick glance!
At the bottom of each calendar page, you'll have multiple columns; ‘Contracts to send’ ‘Contracts to collect’ and ‘Payments to collect.’ Now you know exactly what you need to do each month. Never miss an important date again!
Full Calendar for 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021
We absolutely love setting goals and dedicated a page for each month. This way you can reach for the stars, set goals and track progress as you go!
Each week of the month has one page to write down extra things you'll need to get done. We love being able to break down out monthly job duties into weekly tasks and stay on top of it all.
BUSINESS DAILY DUTIES
As business owners, we do A LOT. This checklist is here to keep you on track. We have everything laid out for you so when you get done returning calls, answering emails, posting to social media you can check everything off.
A whole chart that you get to color in as you reach your income goals. By the end of the year, you'll have a beautiful graph showing you exactly how your year went. You'll see where your slow season was and when you completely crushed it. It's the fun way to track your income.
LONG TERM GOALS
Write them down! Statistics show people who write down their goals have over an 80% higher success rate of achieving them. We know you're in this for the long haul. This means setting goals for the next three months while also picturing your next 5-10 years. This page is for you to dream big and think big. Write it down and make it official.
DAILY BUSINESS DUTIES
Track your little tasks with an ongoing to-do list.
CLIENT SESSION CHECKLIST
Track each session's progress with the very convenient session checklist. Starting with the very first welcome email, all the way through the last thank you email. It covers all the session progress steps such as sending and collecting contracts and payments. Uploading, culling, editing sessions. Everything you need to do is now in the session checklist.
CLIENT BOOKING SHEET
Turn your one-time clients into repeat clients. The booking sheet lists engagements, wedding, maternity, newborn, three months, six months, nine months, 12 months and family sessions. This way you can mark down important dates and send out a special reminder for the sessions you have to offer.
NEW POTENTIAL CLIENTS
An easy-to-track potential client sheet. When someone contacts you, add them to the list and then mark off if they officially booked a session with you, who referred them, and what type of session they were interested in. This way you never miss another booking again.
WEDDING CLIENT CHECKLIST
Staying organized when working with wedding clients is crucial.
This checklist runs through everything you need to do for your wedding clients. It even has an excellent timeline listed on the left side, so you know when exactly you need to do each of the things - right away, at eight weeks, four weeks, three weeks, one week, the day before and then after. It starts with the welcome e-mail, sending and collecting contracts. Next, is sending important wedding day questionnaires and timelines, printing out all the important papers, renting gear, and so much more. Know exactly what all you need to do for each wedding client.
Track what you still need to blog. I know it can get a little overwhelming, keeping the blog updated and post your most recent sessions. This blogging sheet has multiple columns to write in: Sessions, Weddings, Personal, and Creative.
Planning blog posts can help a great deal. Use this sheet to plan out what you intend to blog about, what keywords would be best and how to optimize your SEO reach.
CREATIVE BLOG POST IDEAS
Use the Creative Blog Post Ideas section to brain storm ideas for upcoming blog posts.
CREATIVE SESSION IDEAS
Just like you have a special place to write down creative blog ideas, you now have one to write down creative session ideas. Write down your ideas the photography materials you need for each shoot.
The perfect way to track your income.
Keep track of all your business expenses in one place.
CLIENT ADDRESS BOOK
Easy-to-manage address book for each client. Add their address, their number, their e-mail and who they were referred by.
Staying on track with a big project is hard. After months of developing this planner, I realize just how important project planners are and dedicated a whole section to exactly that. Maximize your time while working on a new project. You'll know exactly what you have to do next to get it done.
USERNAMES & PASSWORDS
Let's face it; it’s easy to forget important usernames and passwords. Write them all down on this sheet and have it handy when you need it.
Special Divider Sheets Included
At the beginning of each new section, you'll find a styled divider sheet which will guide you into the next section.
YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE HOW EASY THIS PLANNER IS TO USE.
Print it out.
Use it & love it.
GET IT PRINTED AT HOME OR AT ANY OFFICE SUPPLY STORE
For those of you who want to get it printed quickly and put it to use you can easily print out the pdf at home, use a hole punch and add the pages to a beautiful binder. You can also take the file straight to staples or any office supply store that also offers printing services and get it printed out professionally. They have different paper options available and can print it front to back!
Now if you do plan to get it printed out in a binder then you'll also need a pretty binder to match your beautiful planner. Here's a step by step on how to create your very own planner!
- BINDER LINK | I got mine at Staples. I loved how it matched the color of the planner.
- DIVIDER LINK | Also got them at Staples. They had a nice set of clear ones which I loved. It also comes with a printing sticker sheet so you can easily get the tab names printed and then simply just stick them on the divider tabs.
- PAPER | You can use any type of paper :)
GET IT AS A MAGAZINE
I have a slight obsession with magazines, I love seeing them in my office and love it even more when one of my portraits is right on the glossy cover. Every page has that high-quality look to it and it's super smooth to write on. My planner looks really pretty sitting on my desk and is always in arms reach when I need it. If you'd like to get your own magazine printed you can upload the completed pdf file to Peecho and simply order your planner as a magazine. I've used Peecho countless of times and always so impressed with the outcome. Their service is quick, professional and my magazines look absolutely beautiful!
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