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Poll: Where Would You Like to See Your Business in Three Years?

Published: 05/08/2019

One of the things that we, as business owners all tend to have in common, is that we utilize metrics to gauge our progress in meeting our goals from year to year. Business gurus have been telling us for years that when establishing goals, it's best to set-up "SMART" goals--i.e., goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound.

Despite the value and importance of these types of goals though, there is something to be said about "aspirational goals"; those nebulous thoughts that reside in our heart and in our gut that compel us to keep moving forward, even when we have difficulty meeting our SMART goals. Indeed, aspiration is such a powerful motivational resource, that it's one of the things that I always ask about when a photographer reaches out to me to explore a coaching relationship together. Specifically, I try to find out about their "desired state" for their photography/photography business.

So, I thought it would make for an interesting topic on which to run a poll, just to see what aspirational goals are out there in our community.

So, here’s the poll question: "Where would you like to see your business in three years?"

I’ve always used "three years out" when asking the question in my coaching practice because I think that asking about "one-year-out" goals might be too short-term and thus, not enough of a stretch for folks to test their imagination. I also don't want to make it so far out in the distance (e.g., "five-years-out") that it might be too long-term for people to wrap their heads around.

Anyway, I’ve set up the poll so you can click on more than one button (but no more than three). I hope you’ll take a moment to give this some thought, participate, and have some fun with it. Thanks everyone!

P.S.  Please don’t hesitate share a comment too. It would be good to hear more about your aspirations.

P.P.S.  Also, please feel free to use the comments section to request other topics you’d like to see covered in future polls.


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4 comments on “Poll: Where Would You Like to See Your Business in Three Years?”

  1. For counterpoint, there is also this article RAW vs JPG.

    My perspective is that it is an individual choice. Most of what you can do with RAW, you can do with JPG. Thus it comes down to which workflow works best for you.

    As with any advice, the best approach is to actually try it out with your workflow. See if it makes a difference and then decide from there.

    For me, I'm happy shooting JPG as I have enough faith in my photoshop ability to correct anything in post processing if required. I've found by shooting RAW, I personally, take less care about the photo as I'm more inclined to believe I can simply adjust it. So for me, JPG forces me to pay more attention to the basics of photography.

  2. I use photos in a team, so they have to be rapidly accessible on the network. 500 megs to be uploaded on a wifi network drive (this is the bottleneck, I have a fast built-in card reader), it will drive me insane 🙂 I count those times in seconds, not even minutes.

    After that, everybody should open it freely, and RAW image viewing is far away for mainstream yet. It should come with vista.

  3. Although I can appreciate the advantages of shooting RAW and I always do so when shooting landscape/nature as my hobby, I shoot jpeg/medium almost exclusively and have rarely had a shot that I wished I'd had in RAW. One of the primary reasons I don't shoot RAW is the additional time for the workflow. The potential or possible increase in the quality of RAW vs.jpeg would be lost on the majority of realtors. For the many realtors who used to shoot their own listings and now pay me to do it for them, good jpeg shots (with good lens, composition and processing) are a world of difference from what they were shooting. Now, if they want to pay me for magazine quality images...well, that's another story. : )

    With some listings where the shoot is more demanding, I will shoot in jpeg+raw just to be on the safe side. But I have yet to need the backup. As Aperture and Lightroom mature, and my computer get upgraded, I may consider RAW in the future. But for now, jpeg rules.

    I will add that jpeg does not give you the latitude for exposure that a RAW image will. So always, always look at your histogram after every shot. And yes, first learn to understand it. If you have too many pixels to the left, you've got to make some adjustments and reshoot.

  4. Wow! Great blog. As a novice photographer RAW is my best friend particulary when shooting interiors. Hard as I try, I can't seem to manage bright windows very well. With a couple of RAW shots taken with a tripod, I can usually manage to put together and image which has a properly exposed room and a properly exposed window. Works for me.

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