With the lockdown across many cities, studios were temporarily closed, bookings were canceled, and we are increasingly advised to work from home. How photographers can optimize working from home? What are some amazing working from home safety tips for photographers during the lockdown?
Want to improve your 2021 photography business RIGHT NOW? Today’s article will definitely give you the working from home safety tips you’ve been looking for! Follow the step-by-step guide, take this opportunity to set up your home photography studio, and get new skills, you’ll find it can be possible for a photographer to work from home.
Before offering you working from home safety tips, let's figure out the new working situation that you may face in the future:
The Current Working Situation
The outbreak of the pandemic has brought about the recession of the world economy. As one of the service industries, the photography business also won’t be exempt from the financial impact.
“According to the new rules, I think I will have to close my studio until the 2nd lockdown has been lifted. We’re advised to work from home if we can. But how can us photographers work from home...there are so many confusions! " said a photographer.
So how can photographers work from home? In the following part, you will get 5 helpful Working From Home Safety Tips, which intend to help you be clear about the challenges that lie ahead and know what you can do to optimize working from home. They are:
- Set a Workspace in Your Home
It can be a big challenge for photographers when it comes to working from home is separating your daily life from work. If you used to work in the studio and there are requirements to finish the job at home, it’s time to set up a home photography studio or designated space for sessions in your house. Otherwise, your work and your home life may have impacts on each other. Entering a workspace will help you quickly enter the working state and raise your work productivity. If there are some questions on starting a home photography studio, please read: How Much Space Do You Need For Studio/Home Photography?
- Take This Opportunity to Improve Your Skills
If you have to stop your business temporarily for some inevitable reasons, don't get depressed, get busy! You can absolutely take this opportunity to improve your current skills through online courses and try some New Ideas that you've never tried. Eliminate unnecessary subscriptions and expenses. Spend more time researching light use and photo editing to achieve better works after this time. Moreover, decrease unnecessary expenses and postpone the investment in new photography equipment to cope with income decrease and save the budget.
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- New Work Habits
As the spread of pandemics is still happening, photographers need to adopt new work habits according to related personal protection management from health agencies and governments. As the virus can spread through contact infection, physical contact needs to be avoided for everyone’s sake. Also, you should be highly aware of what you and your clients are touching during the sessions, disinfect your equipment and studio and wash your hands frequently.
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- Start Your Online Business
When working from home, It is important for a photographer that your work can reach the audience and your clients. Then you should consider starting or updating your online business this time. Updating your site with your most recent work, or start a blog by WordPress. Make your website reach your potential future clients. It will also be necessary to learn some basic skills of promoting the SEO of your website to boost your traffic.
If you think personal website is complicated to achieve traffic and income quickly, then social media photography is good to try. When it comes to promoting yourself, your portfolio, or your photography work through online social networks, the prospect can be downright scary. Which platforms should be used? How to promote your works? How to get traffic and audience?
Well, getting started with social media photography and marketing isn’t an easy overnight process. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, 500px,etc. Feel free to add more to this list. And make sure you’re website is listed in every one of them! Maintaining social media can be a day job. If you want a step-by-step guidance on how to start your social media photography business, you can check this: The Photographer’s Guide to Social Media
- Communicate and Share!
If you don’t usually work from home, chances are there will be some bumps in this time if you have to suddenly start your home photography studio. The key to resolve these bumps is communication—especially with your clients, partners, and suppliers.
Plans can be easily changed in a time like this, You’ll also encounter some problems as you try to do your job in your home under limited conditions, such as lack of necessary photography equipment or compliments from clients.
Make a To-Do list, check out the coming plans and consider how you’ll convey changes or assignments. Don’t confine your communications to emails or text messages, try to talk with your clients through phones or video chat. Online face-to-face communications will better convey your ideas and explanations.
Please feel free to reach out to someone for help. You can always achieve inspirations and new relations through share and communications in those familiar communities. And this will help you positively face the difficulty and uncertainty!
‘I know it feels hard now. We will get through this!’, said Arica Kirby
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