Sometimes us small businesses should help each other out!
We got into a discussion with photographer Marsha Cooper recently, about how to price our services. We told her if we worked for £20 per hour for the hours that we want to work full time we’d get the salary we want and need. So when we price our jobs we figure how long the job will take and quote accordingly. As we really loved her work we asked if she’d do some bespoke photography for Kestrel.
She used her specialist photography timing equipment and skills to capture a Kestrel pin badge as it splashed into water. She also timed herself so that she’d know how much to charge a similar job in the future. We paid her in kind by producing a logo and custom stationary.
Working with other small companies gives so many advantages:
- An actual real-life customer to work with
- Work to put into the portfolio
- Neither of you have had to spend money!
- A professional friend/networking
- Professional goods and services in return
If you are lucky enough to work with other companies like us, always consider if you can trade products or services as the ultimate win-win situation.
We’re hoping Marsha will have a website soon (perhaps even by us!) but she’s currently moving home to another country! We’ll update this post when she’s ready to take on commissions.
We’ll leave you with her beautiful photos where she has managed to make it look like our Kestrel is playing in the water:
and here is the logo we paid her with