Last month I won Millie Holloman’s “Get It Together Kit” from the Totally Rad Action Blog comment contest. I was checking my e-mail before starting a wedding and I was so excited to see that I won!! I have admired Millie as a photographer and a business owner ever since I found her blog a couple of years ago. A friend of mine and I were talking about her kit just the night before as we were getting ready for a new year for our businesses and I was on the edge about ordering it. I have been in business for 3 years and this past year I was able to make wedding photography my full-time career. I read “The E-Myth” by Michael Gerber last year and it was clear that I really needed to put some systems into place to make my client experience smooth and consistent. So I had already begun putting some things into place but Millie’s kit really affirmed the steps I was taking and the systems I was putting into place.
I would really recommend this kit to photographers who are starting their business who are looking for firm steps to take to put systems into place. I would also recommend it to photographers who just have no idea how to get organized with the business side of things. Millie has some great systems and she shows you what she’s done and welcomes you to make a system that works for you. I would not recommend it to photographers who have a solid work flow in place. It would just be redundant for you.
The book is beautifully designed, very quick and easy to read and it just has lots of simple and practical information. I wanted to get things moving quickly, so I’m just about done implementing the systems I wanted to use. Below are some of the photos of things that I have already implemented after reading the Get It Together Kit.
I created my own Flowboard from the Millie’s Flowboard Template. I created it as a 16×20; printed it at Kinko’s; Kinko’s laminated it so I can use a dry erase marker on it; placed it in a 16×20 frame without glass.
I created my own client folder checklist. I printed them on shipping labels and placed them on my folders.
I created an inspiration notebook; bought a To-do List tablet from Pier1 and a kitchen timer (which Millie recommends for timed-focused tasks).So I’m feeling pretty good about the start of 2011. I look forward to making my business tasks smooth and consistent.