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I highly recommend this book. I stand by the 5-star rating given to it, including one from me!
Hey Earl! I’m glad you were able to get back with me. I think we may have discussed this before. I had read about networking groups in a post I started on video for websites. A couple of posters had mentioned BNI and Chamber of Commerce. The local BNI has an impossible meeting time for me at this stage of my life and I wondered if the Chamber of Commerce would be a valuable spend of my time and money. If it is, I’ll try, but if not then I have so many other things I can do to grow my business instead. Also, the independent video group, after meeting with them last week, seems like a good spend of time. It’s a way for me to network, get experience as second camera op, attend learning workshops and, also, a way to get other camera operators, etc. to work with me as needed. So, I think I’ll probably skip the business networking groups.
As always, I greatly appreciate and value your well thought out answers!
cschultz, great, I will make a note of that!
George, thank you! I will contact you!
Great post Heidi! The book is now on my must read list. Thank you so much!
Thanks everyone. This info. has been helpful.
cschultz, I think it would be more along the lines of corporate training videos. How would I go about gaining experience? Is it just a matter of prospecting clients and expanding from there?
Thanks for asking. I would want to gain clients who would need video web production as one of the services my business would offer. I’m still in the planning stages right now as an IVSP.
I’m not actually planning a video real estate business, but as an Independent Video Services Provider. I thought this might be one area to work. I suspected there would be a lot of competition and it would be demanding, as what I’ve read has said as much. So, I’m glad to hear your thoughts and experiences.
Peter, as for training, I went to broadcasting school several years ago (Specs Howard School of Media Arts – was Broadcast Arts then – in Southfield, MI.) during my time in college and worked mostly full-time in that for 6 years. It has been 8 years since I’ve worked in that field, but am gearing up to go back since I am ready to work independently now. There are less production houses in the Detroit area with FT staff. So, I worked in fund-raising for a while and learned heavy sales, along with writing and following a business plan. I was successful in that and became confident that I could successfully work in video again, now that I know how to obtain business and am in a good position to work independently.
Thank you for the quick responses, Don and Julie! Don, yes, I’m actually in the planning stages of a business. This is good info. and along the lines of what I was thinking. I will check into the links.
This is great info Droog and Video man. I was wondering, Droog, when you say that you make and strengthen client contacts, what does that mean?
Heidi, thank you for your response. Can you please tell me more about the hood that you use? Sorry, I was mistaken. The other model is the Canon HF S200. It seems like the main differences between it and the HF S21 are that the HF S200 does not have internal flash memory and does not have a viewfinder.
This is great info! Glad to see it on here, so I can make a note of it for later. I need to read how others are able to successfully create and stay in business. Thank you Earl.
Wow, Luis, that’s excellent info. Thank you so much!