Episode 318: Leveraging Debt for Your Photography Business – Jill Houser

leveraging debt

Do you ever feel like you’d be more successful  if you had money to invest into your business?

In episode 318 of the Bokeh Podcast, Jill Houser opens up about her experience with accumulating $20k of debt in order to take her photography business to the next level. Listen in as she shares the benefits of taking out a loan, the advice she would give to those considering taking on debt, and how she paid it back in full from profits in her business.

The Bokeh Podcast is brought to you by Photographer’s Edit: Custom Editing for the Wedding and Portrait Photographer. You can also subscribe to the Bokeh podcast on the Apple podcast app, follow on Spotify, add to your playlist on Stitcher, or listen on Overcast.

Brand Position: Helping the uncomfortable feel comfortable in front of the camera. (2:13)

Technique for Time:
Understanding expectations in relationships.
Set boundaries on work.

Book Recommendations: (15:55)
Storybrand by Donald Miller – bit.ly/bp-storybrand
Retrain your Anxious Brain – bit.ly/bp-retrainanxious
Untethered Soul by Michael Singer  – bit.ly/bp-untethered

The Gear Bag: Utensils for dinner. (23:24)

Going into Debt for Business (26:57)

Jill’s Experience with the Debt: (29:54)
Opened a Business Credit Card with 0% Interest for 6 months (up to 17.5% after).
Transferred the Balance to an Amex Card with 0% Interest for 15 months.

Jill’s Accumulated Debt: $20k for Gear (31:43)

Gear Jill Bought: (32:03)
Photobooth
Lenses
Backup Camera
Computer

The Impact of Debt on Jill’s Business: (33:20)
She quit the restaurant industry.
Image quality improved.
Allowed her to go from entry level to pro.

Paying off $20k in Debt: Live frugally and look at every dollar coming in as a payment towards the debt. (35:13)

Advice for Photographers: (36:38)
It takes money to make money.
Have a plan to paying off money that you can’t pay off right away.
For big purchases, test them out first.

Links:
jillhouser.com
instagram.com/jillhouserphotography

Episode 313: My Biggest Mistakes – Lindsay Collette

mistakes

Have you ever made a mistake in your business that left you feeling defeated or helpless?

In episode 313 of the Bokeh Podcast, Lindsay Collette opens up about the biggest mistakes she’s made in her business and the steps she took to correct them. Listen in as she shares practical advice on learning from and moving on from the mistakes you make in your business.

The Bokeh Podcast is brought to you by Photographer’s Edit: Custom Editing for the Wedding and Portrait Photographer. You can also subscribe to the Bokeh podcast on the Apple podcast app, follow on Spotify, add to your playlist on Stitcher, or listen on Overcast.

Brand Position: To timelessly and artistically preserve every wedding, portrait session, and lifestyle session with fresh eyes, an open heart, and a little bit of cheek. I believe in the beauty and power of the in-betweens, the differentiating moments that bind your story together. (2:34)

Advice for Photographers: Stay in the race. (10:41)

Time Technique: Stop when you’re tired. (19:04)

Content Recommendations: (23:16)
Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations – supersoul.tv
OSSC – Father Richard Rohr – bit.ly/bp-ossc-richardrohr
OSSC – Iyanla Vanzant – bit.ly/bp-ossc-iyanlavanzant
False Power of Ego with Oprah Winfrey – bit.ly/bp-ossc-falsepowerego
The Four Agreements – bit.ly/bp-fouragreements
The Law of Attraction by Ester Hicks – bit.ly/bp-lawattraction
Jim Carrey’s Commencement Speech – bit.ly/bp-jimcarrey-commencement

The Gear Bag: Ice Packs & Playlists (36:30)

My Biggest Mistakes: (39:27)
Not going for it and doing what you want to do.
Comparing myself to others.
Not listening to what my clients were telling me about what they love.
Not taking care of your health.

Quotes mentioned in this Episode:
Kenny Clapp – there is no failure, just learning experience.
“You can fail doing what you don’t want to do so you may as well take a chance an do what you love.” – Jim Carrey
‘Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world.” – Jim Carrey

Links:
lindsaycollette.com
instagram.com/lindsay_collette/
Making a Choice by Gary Vaynerchuck – bit.ly/bp-garyvchoice
Vickie Black’s Episode – bit.ly/bp-288

Episode 312: Taking Your Next Risk – Jennifer Garcia

Risk

Is there a goal that you’re afraid to chase because it requires a bit of risk in your business?

In episode 312 of the Bokeh Podcast, Jennifer Garcia opens up about how risks can sometimes be rewarding when you face them with a plan. Listen in as Jennifer shares how she decided to take a risk by opening her own photography studio!

The Bokeh Podcast is brought to you by Photographer’s Edit: Custom Editing for the Wedding and Portrait Photographer. You can also subscribe to the Bokeh podcast on the Apple podcast app, follow on Spotify, add to your playlist on Stitcher, or listen on Overcast.

Brand Position: Inspiring confidence in her sessions, while building a brand on experience and design. (2:43)

Advice for Photographers: Realize talent is not enough. (7:24)

Time Technique: Working out every morning. (11:52)

Book Recommendation: (17:55)
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Book – bit.ly/bp-bigmagic
Audible – bit.ly/bp-bigmagicaudible
Relentless by Tim Grover – bit.ly/bp-relentless

The Gear Bag: iPhone for Instagram Stories (22:54)

 

Risk: Making a move that leaves you with the potential to fail. (35:55)

Jennifer’s Big Risk: Opening a natural light photography studio in an area where no one had opened one. (40:39)

Why Jennifer Took the Risk: (43:00)
She wanted a challenge.
She craved change.

Jennifer’s Hesitations: (45:25)
Not finding the right space, but once she found a space that she could see working, she just knew this was the space. Finances and time also were a factor in deciding what spaces were worth the risk.

Being a Calculated Risk-Taker (48:35)

Two Factors To Move Beyond Risk & Take Action (54:10)
1. Don’t force things to happen.
2. Always move forward and take steps in the direction you want to go.

Links:
jencyk.com
instagram.com/jencykphotography

Episode 309: Building a Business on Your Strengths – Brittney Rossie

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Have you assessed your talents to determine where your strengths lie in your business?

In episode 309 of the Bokeh Podcast, Brittney Rossie discusses how knowing your strengths can help you build and succeed in your business. Listen in as she shares how you can use your core strengths to develop a brand position without getting distracted by what everyone else is doing.

The Bokeh Podcast is brought to you by Photographer’s Edit: Custom Editing for the Wedding and Portrait Photographer. You can also subscribe to the Bokeh podcast on the Apple podcast app, follow on Spotify, add to your playlist on Stitcher, or listen on Overcast.

Brand Position: Help personal brands figure out what makes them captivating to build a business around their lives with a strengths based personal brand. (2:01)

Advice for Photographers: Mission transcends fear. (5:35)

Brittney’s Mission: To impact people. (8:30)

Technique for Time: (9:59)
There is an ebb and flow with time as an entrepreneur.
Work in 90 day blocks with ideal week structures.

Book Recommendation: (18:01)
Strengths Finder 2.0 – bit.ly/bp-strengthsfinder2
The One Thing – bit.ly/bp-theonething

Simple Ways to Learn Your Strengths
1. Self-reflection
2. Work with someone else
3. Strengthsfinder personality assessment

Boxing Yourself in with Labels (23:45)

Brittney’s Perspective on Insecurity in Our Culture (28:16)

Developing a Brand Position Based On Your Strengths (37:01)

Avoiding Shiny Object Syndrome (42:13)

Links:
brittneyrossie.com
instagram.com/brittneyrossie
clickup.com