Have you spotted a theme yet?
As we celebrate 10 years as a commercial photography business over the past week, we’ve been racking our brains thinking off all the things we’ve been doing along to way to make our business grow. We’re hardly a business empire but we’re thriving and gaining new clients in a highly competitive environment so we figure we must be doing some things okay.
Tip number 7 has been vital since we relocated the business from London to Berkshire.
Building good business relationships is vital to success. It’s that old cliché, who you know, not just what you know. Over the years, our business has grown due to our relationships. We work a lot within the luxury/beauty/fashion sector. It’s small and niche. People move around from one brand to the next all the time and if you’ve got a good relationship with them and you keep in touch, they take you with them wherever they go.
On a local level, networking has been fantastic for us and if there’s one thing we should’ve done sooner, it’s network. From WIBN (The Women in Business Network) to building our own online networking community, reaching out to other businesses in the Thames Valley has been really worthwhile. Not only have we met some amazing people, we’ve got lots of local work (always better than a lengthy commute) and we’ve also found some great new suppliers ourselves from our accountant to our web designer.
Building good relationships with people who are confident to recommend us (yes, that’s 2 R’s), has been invaluable.