March 22nd, 2015
I currently use QuickBooks online wich work fine for simple accounting and invoice tracking, but I spent a lot of time getting people to pay. I’m interested in moving to a credit card pay system that is more used in the hotel industry. Where the hotel would approve your credit card for a certain amount and if the final room charge equaled that amount or is less, I could charge a lesser amount easily. Right now I never really know how many pictures I’m going to deliver the Realtor (unless they tell me how many pictures they want ahead of time) until after I’m back at home working on them. Any thoughts or advice?
Taking Credit cards at the shoot:
It’s easy to take credit cards using squareup.com on your smart photo or tablet. Many RE photographers take payment right at the shoot. The receipt is emailed to your client. This will simplify your life and your clients and minimize the amount of time you spend invoicing agents. I was a Realtor in your area for 10 years with my wife, so I know for a fact that ALL home inspectors in your area require upfront payment so agents in your area won’t find upfront payment unusual.
Standardize on how many photos you deliver:
I suggest that you standardize on how many photos you deliver so that you and the client both know upfront what the shoot will cost. The majority of homes can easily be presented in 25 or 30 photos. Having every shoot different based on the number of photos you shoot is unnecessarily complicated for real estate photography. Most real estate photographers have 2 or 3 shoots packages priced differently with a different number of photos.
These two changes could greatly simplify you business and fully meet the needs of your clients.