This morning I came across a very cool surprise in my inbox! An interview conducted right after I opened my studio opened in 2006 appeared in this month's Rangefinder newsletter. It was so fun to read about all the thoughts I had back then, and would love to share with you some additional ideas I would offer to those who are considering a retail space.
So I'll add on two more tips to the article, to round out the number to a nice and even 10 tips!
9. Plan for growth When I moved into my studio, I planned for the amount of business I had at that time, and did not think about where I would put an additional employee or two if the operation would continue to expand. Earlier this year I actually moved the camera room out of the studio and put enough desk space for two more employees where the camera room was located. I am currently sharing a commercial shooting space with two other photographers which is working out great, because I only pay for the space when I am actually photographing.
10. Make sure you have enough storage Never over-estimate your need for storage, especially during the busy season! I keep adding on cabinets, drawers, and desk storage to accommodate the need to hold shipping supplies, framed deliveries, client files, gift certificates, print boxes, printer paper, printer toner... you get the idea!
Hopefully these add-ons in addition to the article will help you in growing your photography business to a new location!