When you run a #smallbusiness - there is so much that goes into it, that people don't see. The rates I charge for my services have to cover my time for so many things I do 'behind the scenes'. It's NOT only my time spent directly with the client.
Outside of the regular stuff like photographing people, emailing or phoning them, editing, reviewing their photos with them, designing, placing orders, delivering or mailing orders.. There is so much more stuff I do that takes time.
I have to keep my website updated, do accounting, pay my taxes, do social media, keep my equipment and software up to date, review and modify documents like pricing, contracts, releases, etc. I need to update my pricing guide, order supplies I'm low on, clean my studio.
There's wear and tear on my vehicle from driving to sessions, delivering products, going to mail packages. I'm not thinking clearly, so there are more things, plus all the various things to pay for, like insurance, subscriptions and dues, proofing services.. etc.
Of course, there are also product costs for me. I sell quality items, because I want clients to actually enjoy their items for their lifetime, not having them fading or crumbling in two years. That stuff costs ME money.
It costs money and time to run a small business. My costs have to cover all of that stuff, and then have money left over to even make it worthwhile to spend my time doing it. I don't want to pay to work!
I absolutely LOVE doing what I do, but if I can't make a living off of it, it's not worth spending 1) time away from my children 2) my precious spoons. I just get so tired of people selling themselves short, which harms OTHER artists who deserve to make a fair living wage.

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