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Building Your Portfolio Contest: Win a Marketing Pack & Posing Guides

THE BUILDING YOUR PORTFOLIO CONTEST

Prizes:

Winners will be picked and announced on Sunday, May 23rd. Winners must contact me by May 25th to claim prizes.

1. SP Design

Remember Angie Monson’s marketing pack I mentioned buying when I first got started? Yep, one lucky commenter gets one for free!

2. Design Aglow

Lena has graciously offered one of their incredible posing guides to one lucky commenter!


How to enter:

Add your entry in the comment section of this MCP Blog post (not on Facebook) by answering the question: What is your biggest struggle marketing your business?  Or if not in business, what your biggest obstacle to getting started?


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952 Comments

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    Terry says:

    Not yet started . . . not certain the talent is fully developed . . . this series has really benefited me! Thanks!

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    JeniB says:

    My biggest obstacle is finding the right clients and selling myself.

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    Rachel Durik says:

    I think my biggest challenge has been deciding my worth – selling myself short vs being over-confident.

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    Missy says:

    Just starting my business. The biggest obstacle is balancing the time I need to take to organize and set up the business with marketing, booking, taking and editing photo sessions. Too easy to get wrapped up on one side and neglect the other.

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    jeanine says:

    My biggest problem is that my creativity does not lie in this area. I am lost when it comes to making wise marketing choices; logos, colors, getting the word out about my services, etc. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Brittney says:

    I am just starting out, and the biggest challenge for me will be building that initial client base.

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    Kim says:

    I’ve been in business for almost 8 years. I have the hardest time getting senior pictures. I have done *snail mail, *ads in paper (high school and local paper), *Face Book, *Senior Rep…

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    Honestly, my biggest struggle is being able to create the marketing pieces that I envision in my mind. I seriously need some help~

  10. 10

    My Biggest struggle to get started is just getting my creative juices going enough to gather clients and make up packages, specials and prices for my photography.

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    Heather says:

    My biggest marketing obstacle is knowing where to put the money that targets the right customers.

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    Emily says:

    The hardest thing for me is charging! I hate asking for money for my photos.

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    Tracy R says:

    This couldn’t have come at a better time!! Materials! That’s what is keeping me from getting started! The cost to get there. I’m not creative AT ALL when it comes to marketing stuff, and its all so expensive to purchase! I could really use this to get the “kick start” I need! I want to have a somewhat professional look from the start, even while PBing. But I don’t have the funds to do it. So, bring it on! Pick ME!! :) Ha!

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    LauraC says:

    My biggest struggle in getting started is the other full time job I have, the one that is currently paying the bills! I’m still working on this dream though!

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    Tracy R says:

    already a FB fan.

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    Tara Brooks says:

    Organization seems to be my biggest struggle. I feel like I am constantly behind and when I get to a point to set aside time for marketing my business, I don’t feel I have the right tools. Whether it be in the design aspect or just wording. It’s hard for me to focus and just take that next step.

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    Tracy R says:

    Already a Twitter follower. :)

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    Lori says:

    My biggest obstacle is getting the pieces together to market with! I have business cards I hand out and get a lot of referrals, but everything else I have is 1) not that great 2) sitting here because I dont know who to send it to!

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    My biggest struggle marketing is getting my brand developed and getting the word out to more people.

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    Jennie says:

    Just thinking about starting….always worried my talent isn’t up to par or that i will fail…your blog is such a wonderful reference!

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    Laurie Walscheid says:

    My biggest struggle is knowing where to market to receive the most out of it.

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    I am just getting started with the ‘official’ launch of my business. I am struggling with how to get my name out there and how to market to the right people. Also struggling with pricing packages an products. This is all so much more difficult than I anticipated. I could really use the help! Thanks! :)

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    Amy says:

    My biggest issue is designing. I wouldn’t know where to begin to design a logo, marketing pieces, ets. All my contracts and everything are just typed up in MS Word. Boring! Help!

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    gina says:

    staying organized and needing more hours in the day! its hard to focus on marketing when i am shooting, editing, retruning calls, booking and trying to keep the dishes washed!

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    Regina says:

    I guess my biggest struggle in marketing is knowing what to do or what works. I think maybe it’s just takes trial and error to find what works best :)

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    Mike says:

    My biggest obstacle is language. I’m English, but now living with my wife in Germany and I really don’t speak much of the language at all.

    I’m in the position where I really need to start earning some money soon (photography is my only source of income), which is, of course, practically impossible locally without unique marketing materials that will really make me stand out from the crowd.

    I have someone who could translate these materials into German and then assist me with shoots, but I obviously need something to help me get over this major disadvantage I have, compared to the German-speaking competition.

    Please help!

    Many thanks for running this competition (as well as the very useful site)! The recent posts ‘Hobbyist To Professional’ have been especially helpful.

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    kim says:

    my biggest obstacle is getting enough people to put a portfolio together and starting a webpage people can go to and see my work. i think another problem i have is not being sure what to charge peole and feeling bad when i try to charge them a competitive price

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    Gina says:

    My biggest struggle is trying to come up with a plan to market and how I should
    market, and I should market to. I know thr basics, i just can’t seem
    to apply them to me.

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    Kerri says:

    I think our biggest marketing issue is getting back what we had. We were pretty much word of mouth with our clients, their friends and family as well as vendors. When a snafu happened with our webhost we lost 35 contact forms which hurt us this year. Hence we lost all the subsequent word of mouth work we would have had as well. So that is what we are up against right now…

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    Kahla says:

    Marketing has definitely been a big hurdle. I’ve spent a good chunk advertising in the paper and still haven’t gained any clients. I need more ideas on what to do and how to get out there. Granted I just started out and I know it will probably take awhile, but it would be great to have something to help guide my business.

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    Damon Crawley says:

    I’m with Terry. Everything is still in progress but, getting there. Just constant practice, practice, practice.

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    Briana says:

    My biggest obstacle in getting started is intimidation. It’s a daunting feat to dive in head first, but I know it must be done.

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    The biggest obstacle is finding the clients who value portraits and can pay for them. Pricing of course is a challenge too :)

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    tina says:

    My biggest struggle, honestly, is really feeling that I am legit…legit enough to have marketing materials, a real website, and to charge something even close to market value. Sometimes, I look at other photography websites and feel like I really could charge more, or more to the point, maybe if I charged more I would be taken more seriously, but then I don’t want to make myself prohibitively expensive just for the sake of feeling legit and/or being able to buy the equipment I really want.

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    Kelli T says:

    I’m a marketing manager by day so my biggest struggle is trying not to do too much too quickly. I have tons of ideas but I really need to edit myself to determine where to put the money and what I absolutely need to get a good return on my investment.

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    margaret says:

    my biggest struggle is my current job also ;o(

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    Kelli T says:

    Retweeted!

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    Donna Caster says:

    My two biggest obstacles are finding the time to market and finding a comfortable pricing structure. I struggle with both.

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    Melissa Abbey says:

    Without a doubt, my biggest struggle starting my business is my limited financial resources. I’d love to invest in some photography seminars, join a pro association, upgrade my camera body, add another lens, purchase some more software and upgrade my monitor.

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    Amy says:

    Already a facebook fan!

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    Kate Gass says:

    Our biggest struggle was figuring out who we wanted to market too. it took quite awhile before we realised that we control who hears our message and knows our brand.

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    Melissa says:

    I’m still in the planning stages of trying to get the legalities taken care of and finding the time and energy to devote to my family and business planning. Currently work full time, have 3 kids with 2 of them under the age of four. Trying to gain the confidence and coming up with the creativity to make a good business. I have the desire, just issues with finding the time and my target of customers.

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    Lindsay says:

    I am having a hard time getting my name out there. I don’t know if it’s because I am young and my age group is just getting married/starting families and don’t quite have the resources yet for custom photography or they like the competition better! This series has really helped my confidence though to keep chugging along!

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    Alea says:

    I need help bringing all my ideas together into a coherent way of branding myself.

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    Christine O says:

    Just starting out.. my biggest obstacle is wanting it all .. NOW! It’s tough to keep reminding myself that all these things take time (years!).. it’s so easy to get impatient at times and want the clients, latest equipment, cute website, packaging ect right away when you see everyone whos work you look up to daily. :)

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    Christine O says:

    Already following on Twitter and a fan on FB!

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    Melissa Abbey says:

    I follow mcp on twitter.com/snapshotartist

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    erin Benesh says:

    i’m just starting out, and its hard to get my name out there with a profession that’s pretty saturated

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    Brandi says:

    My biggest struggle so far in marketing is trying to come up with different ideas for marketing!!

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    erin Benesh says:

    i’m a facebook fan!

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    Melissa Abbey says:

    Your banner is on my blog at http://www.snapshotartistry.blogger.com

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    erin Benesh says:

    twitter follower!

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    Jennifer says:

    Knowledge is my biggest marketing barrier. Knowing what the best marketing approaches would be for my business.

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    Feeling confident in my work. I’m afraid of putting myself out there to fail. I need confidence in my work that other people see, but I’m still afraid.

    Feeling confident in my pricing and not backing down from it.

    I feel weak a lot in my posing. I don’t want to be a POSER, I want to capture my clients being natural and in their normal interaction with each other, but for some reason, when I do a session, I fall right back into poses! UGH!

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    Melissa Abbey says:

    I am a fan on facebook.

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    Lisa Norris says:

    My biggest struggle in getting started in business (aside from getting more education and experience) is finding the time to actually work on my business. Between a full time job, and a full time husband and 15 month old, the only time I really have is when the baby goes to sleep around 9:30 or 10:00 and then I’m exhausted!

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    I’m still figuring out how to market to a higher client that wants to purchase a gallery wrap to go on their wall instead of a 5×7 to go on their desk.

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    Shelly says:

    Money, of course! What to invest in, where to put the dollars in the smartest place. What if I get no business and I’ve wasted my hard earned dollars.

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    Marie Schenck says:

    Financially it has been really hard to get my business started. My husband just started his own business at the beginning of the year and I am a SAHM, so money has been really tight. I’m sure a lot of people are in the same boat right now. It is just really hard to have ideas or equipment to buy and a budget that doesn’t include those items. I have to really think outside the box…and enter a lot of contests! lol!

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    Erica says:

    I have a hard time knowing how to market my business past word of mouth. A majority of my clients come from referrals, which is awesome, but I wish I was better at soliciting business myself.

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    Amanda says:

    My biggest struggle is the business end ~ knowing how to price and having confidence in work!

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    Jennifer says:

    Following you on Twitter already. :)

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    Amanda says:

    allready a FB fan and can’t believe all the great info!!!!!

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    Gosia says:

    My biggest struggle is with marketing. I can’t seem to get my name out there – nothing seems to work.

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    Jennifer says:

    Got you in my RSS feed, too! :)

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    Christina B says:

    My biggest obstacle to getting started is knowing where the best place to spend my money on marketing is.

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    Diane Stewart says:

    Biggest problem with getting started is lack of confidence…

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    Kristi W. says:

    My biggest challenge so far? I have to get more confidence in myself and my abilities. I practice a lot and really know my camera, but I still get really nervous before a shoot.

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    Kristi W. says:

    Subscriber! (2nd entry)

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    Sarah says:

    My biggest obstacle? T-I-M-E! Since recently beginning, I have had an incredible response and a steady flow of sessions. I cannot, however, justify quitting my full-time job until I have worked through the first phase of my business plan and emerged into a sustainable small business. Creating/developing the products used in my marketing plan takes time away from processing my sessions, which lowers my turn-around time. A marketing pack and posing guide would save me the TIME in development and research!

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    Dan says:

    Getting started – Transitioning from a FT Corp career into my photog business – Posing knowledge and getting the word out are my two areas of opportunity

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    Brooke says:

    my biggest struggle is getting people into natural poses. Sometimes it just doesn’t feel natural and I haven’t figured it out yet.

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    Lynne says:

    My biggest struggle with marketing is I’m just not sure how or where to begin! How do you compete with long-standing photographers as well as tons of new ones in the same area? Should I specialize? Where do I advertise? SO many questions!!

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    Kristi W. says:

    And I am now a Facebook fan. :)

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    Nance H says:

    I am currently building my portfolio as I want to launch my business this summer sometime. My biggest obstacle is getting the message of my style/vision to come across clearly.

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    Holly Gauper says:

    biggest struggle marketing my business: I am NOT a social bumblebee. I am a homebody and spend all my days working at my desk. What’s the point of working that hard to do great work when only a small amount of people have even seen it? I ask myself that question almost every day… while I sit at my desk and work.

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    deborah says:

    I am not a writer so professional written contracts
    etc would be the most helpful for me.

    coming in second: finding a space suitable to open a studio that i can afford :)

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    Harper says:

    My biggest problem is finding a way to reach out to all ages of potential clients.

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    Sadonna says:

    I think the biggest problem for me is not only getting the word out its a lot to how to get started and where to go from there. Marketing materials are expensive, starting out its hard to get started where you want to be for your business. Plus I am not creative at all. Coming up with a great, cool, fun design is where I get totally stuck on.

    I want to target the clients that are what I want to do business with but getting that information and knowing where to go is where I get over whelmed and never follow through.

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    Christina B says:

    Follow on Twitter

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    deborah says:

    tweet tweet!

    twitter.com/studon3

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    Christina B says:

    Follow on Facebook

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    Shmika Harris says:

    My biggest challenge has been being able to find the materials to teach me on how to market by brais I live in a rural country town in south GA where there are no real book stores actually not real kind of any store accept walm-mart I cannot seem find that inspiration needed to set me off anf just make me go go go. I just don’t know where to start as far as putting my business plan together and don’t know who or where to go to ask for assistance.

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    Shelby says:

    My Struggle is getting my name out there, building a good client base.

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    Amy M. says:

    I started up my business….and then had morning sickness so bad in January through, well, now that I had to “pause” for the time being. When I had started last fall, my biggest struggle was marketing myself. I had plenty of friends who wanted pics, but I was wanting more opportunities to do shoots for people I hadn’t met yet.

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    deborah says:

    i follow on facebook and twitter

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    Christal says:

    My biggest struggle in marketing is getting the word out about my business. I feel like if I had a visual plan my business could grow and can be taken to the next level. I am a talented photographer in my area however, I just do not have the know how to get out there and let the word be known about me.

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    Amy M. says:

    Follow on Facebook!!

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    Heather says:

    My biggest challenge with marketing is deciding what to use to entice my clients. Right now I rely on word of mouth. I want to create some brochures or booklets or something, but I just need that push of motivation. Less procrastination.

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    Cindy Knull says:

    I struggle with understanding what my Unique Selling Proposition, or USP, is. Someone once told me that talent is not enough and it is so true. With so many of us shooting and starting businesses, a person really has to understand the marketing end of their talent and really go at it with the force of a cat 5 hurricane. So, currently I’m trying to sort out my “battle plan” so to speak. Honestly, I just need a rockin’ card to hand someone…baby steps! *follower on Twitter and Facebook*

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    simone says:

    My biggest obstacle is finding the words to go along with the images…I have a hard time expressing myself in words!

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    heather says:

    My biggest struggle is pricing. I don’t feel professional enough yet to charge that much yet. And I really would love to just sell photos and not cds. But for now, that’s all I’m offering. Working full time and doing pictures on the side is tough, especially mixing in children, houeswork, husband, church, and other activities.

    But I’m not complaining, maybe one day I’ll be big enough to just do photography all the time. :o) So I’m starting slow and will work my way up.

    The photo has nothing to do with this but I just wanted to add one of my fav from one of my photo sessions this past month. (might be too bright on the white but still learning post processing too.) :o)

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    Karla says:

    Not in business yet. I’m building my portafolio, but I guess people aren’t taking me seriously. So far that is my biggest challenge. Your recent entries have shown me a lot. Thanks for sharing what you know.

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    My biggest struggle is finding affordable education that I connect with and actually helps me.

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    Christa says:

    I’m so caught up with the technical aspect that sometimes the posing of my clients come more of a struggle

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    Allison says:

    The biggest challenge right now is setting my pricing. As I’m just starting out, I’m shooting a lot of friends and friends of friends. I’m struggling with choosing prices that don’t price out my friends, but still are competitive with the market.

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    Jenn Van Wyk says:

    My biggest problem is finding the time to implement my marketing ideas! I have all of these great things floating around in my head, it’s just actually taking the time to do them.

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    Bree Ross says:

    my biggest struggle is getting the word out, creating that buzz. No clue where to start.

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    Emily says:

    For me, just like many others, it’s the money. It’s hard to start any business without the money to get it going. I would love beautiful marketing products to get my name out there, but it’s just so expensive for me right now.

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    Christal says:

    My biggest struggle is getting the word out there about my business. I feel as if I had a visual plan my options could be taken to the next level. I am a talented photgrapher in my area so I am not concerned about my talents. I just do not know how to get out there and get the word known about my business and bring in the clients.

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    Bree Ross says:

    I follow on FB!

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    AND, of course I have a button on my blog!! adventuresofanameteur.blogspot.com

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    Glennen says:

    I haven’t gotten started yet. Fear is what’s holding me back… I don’t know enough… just need to jump :)

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    Melissa Thiem says:

    My biggest obstacle getting started in business is not knowing exactly where to start! I’m not sure about pricing, about finding clientale, and if my work is good enough! I feel ready to make money, but have yet to start!

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    Emily says:

    I subscribed to rss feed!

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    Jennifer says:

    Since I just started my business and have little revenue…knowing what events to participate in is hardest for me. Do you go for ones that cost A LOT but could have a lot of people are smaller ones with little cost and a few people? With little revenue it’s hard to take the plunge for the big stuff.

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    Emily says:

    I’m a fb fan!

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    Jo says:

    Sjo, these two prizes are amazing. At the moment, my biggest obstacle is to ‘brand’ myself. There is so many directions to go, it is difficult to choose one.

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    My biggest struggle in marketing is with branding. I love so many different styles and ideas that I can’t seem to pick just one.

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    My biggest struggle in marketing my business is my worry that the marketing I do will not appear professional! I worry about making the wrong impression and so I don’t do anything!

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    Linda says:

    My biggest marketing obstacle has been my budget. Since I’m not making any money yet and I’m still buying much needed equipment, I can’t really invest in marketing. I’d love to get my work into a local coffeeshop or the pediatrician’s office, etc, but I don’t have the money to invest in the amount of prints it would take to do this.

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    Erin O says:

    My biggest obstacle is that I’m not confident in my photography yet. Also I don’t have a lot of people to take pictures of on a regular basis in order to continue practicing.

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    stace says:

    My biggest obstacle is fear. Fear of failure, fear of disappointing someone…fear of being successful and having my hobby no longer be fun..but work…I guess I’m just a big scardy cat! LOL

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    Stacey Allison says:

    Lack of confidence in myself. Reading professional resources and education as you mentioned in an earlier post helps with this lack of confidence though.

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    Tonya says:

    Just feel that I lack confidence and I really have no idea how to market myself!

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    Michelle says:

    My biggest struggle right now is that I feel overwhelmed because there is so much. I don’t even know WHERE to start. So I think something like this could really help me. Thanks for this posting this series and for the chance to win.

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    Beth says:

    Biggest struggle is finding inexpensive marketing!

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    Sara says:

    My biggest struggle is discernment with where to market most effectively.

    Sara

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    Staci Zohlen says:

    Not in business yet and my current struggle is how to start- what to do first!

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    I’m just getting started with my business, and my biggest struggle is just knowing where to start with marketing! It all seems overwhelming at this point!

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    Dana Tate says:

    My biggest struggle in getting started, is setting pricing that is both fair to me and a “fair” price to my potential clients.

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    My biggest marketing obstacle has been simply spreading the word in a small town with no marketing budget to speak of. Luckily I managed to nail a few chatty easy-to-please and rather connected women for my first clients and they told everyone they knew.

    My biggest obstacle is myself. My insecurities, self doubt and wondering if I’m “good enough” to actually charge money for what I do. Still working on that but it’s coming :) Someone once long ago told me that in identifying one’s target market and setting up pricing, don’t always include yourself in the target market. Gauging your prices based on what I would pay is not always the most accurate way to go. I constantly remind myself that I’m not in my target market.

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    There are 2 big obstacles, right now: 1) the economy! 2) handling the administrative side of the business: such as when a client buys a package, then decides they don’t want a certain part of the package & wants a refund, or helping clients that suddenly need everything NOW even though that’s simply not possible.

    Of course, I’m always look for more ways to get the word out & around town. : ) I’ve got my client base started but I’d like to build it further.

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    Rebekah says:

    my biggest challenge is just staying on top of marketing! i have ideas but actually taking the time in my busy schedule to create them, have them printed and use them is a whole other story! :)

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    Lori says:

    I’m just starting and it seems like photographers willing to be mentors are few and far between. I would love to find a professional who is willing to teach me more, but it’s like there is a secret handshake to get in this club and no one will share it! It’s frustrating and sad all at the same time. But I guess that is why I am even more determined to find every single resource available and learn, learn, learn!

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    my biggest struggle is just developing a good client base–people that love my stuff and are happy to spread the word about me. :) i know if i could get the ball rolling, word of mouth would be my best friend. :)

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    Tina says:

    My biggest struggle by far is having enough confidence to put my name out there.

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    My biggest challenge is time! My first job is being a mom to my two young girls and balancing how
    much time editing pictures and out on photo shoots. There is no time left for marketing. I’m so excited about all the potential business but the time I don’t have has limited me. Which uou can also see by my minimal blogspot.

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    Biggest obstacle to getting started right now is TIME. My husband’s finishing his degree, we both work full-time, and have a 3 yr old son, so, finding time to work on my portfolio and improve my editing skills is a real challenge right now.

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    Just in the education, research phase now. So still thnking about my photography becoming a business somewhere down the road.

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    Love to promote MCP on my blog!! :)

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    Kristy Owens says:

    My biggest struggle is charging friends what I need to charge them to make it worthwhile. I don’t have the ‘business’ heart, I want to cut deals way too often, but luckily my husband keeps me in line and makes me charge what I need to. :)

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    Nicolasa says:

    I don’t know where to start. I don’t know what kind of logo I want or what the feel of my blog/website should have…I need help!

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    The biggest problem I have is focussing on one thing at a time. I need to get organised with a proper game plan and stick to it, no matter what interesting distractions come along…

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    Regina White says:

    My biggest challenge is what to do and where to start. What to use to get my name out there. Where to spend some money that will make me money. I never know who to turn to for advice.

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    brandy T says:

    I am just now trying to get in the business and my biggest struggle is trying not to be like everyone else out there. It seems there are so many cookie cutter sites and I don’t want to be one of those.

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    Lindsey says:

    I’ve been trying to get my business off the ground for five years now. I’ve had several big walls to hurdle. Financially, it’s been a hard time trying to come up with the money you have to invest up front in equipment, marketing, etc. I also have a full time job that takes a large chunk of my time that I’d like to invest in building my company. Lastly, I was diagnosed with MS in 2007. I don’t have any major physical disabilities yet but I do have symptoms that disrupt the flow that would make getting things going a lot easier. I thank God for my wonderful business-minded boyfriend who is now helping me move forward.

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    What is your biggest struggle marketing your business? Getting the branding and information together so that it looks attractive. Knowing where to effectively distribute the materials also.

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    launa says:

    Wow, this an awesome giveaway! My biggest marketing problem so far is that I have such a small circle of friends that it has been hard to get out into the real world. I really need some ideas for local marketing!!

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    jill t says:

    i need clients! how to get them and how to keep them coming back for more. help!

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    Jen Kiaba says:

    My biggest issue is knowing where to invest my time, effort, money in order to reach my target market.

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    Jen Kiaba says:

    Twitter Follower!

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    Heather says:

    Time. I don’t seem to have the time, being a single mom, to get the ball rolling… and it drives me crazy.

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    r.alvord says:

    In getting started, the biggest struggle is having the confidence and doing it the right way.

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    Lindsay says:

    I am already a facebook fan!

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    r.alvord says:

    I am a fan on FB!

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    My biggest hurdle with starting my business is setting prices. I keep feeling bad for wanting to raise the prices. I feel like I’m being cruel. However, I’ve recently started telling myself, “I am worth more than being paid less than minimum wage.”

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    I’m already a FB fan.

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    Tommy says:

    So far, the biggest thing is just building a clientele. I’ve been fortunate enough to do some great portfolio building with friends and they are doing their best to get the word out.

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    Lana says:

    My biggest obsticale is myself…I have so much going on in my head, so many thoughts and ideas for marketing that I don’t know how to organize and communicate them on paper.

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    Haley says:

    I would love either the marketing pack or posing guides. I have not marketed myself at all – have only photographed family and friends up to this point. I don’t even know where to begin – so I am struggling just with the initial contact. When I am on a shoot my mind often goes blank as far as posing – the guide would be perfect for me!

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    Becca says:

    I would say my biggest obstacle to getting started is probably fear – that I’m not good enough, that I’ll fail . . .

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    Subscribed/followed the blog. :]

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    The biggest challenge with marketing is trying to get your name out there amongst other talented photographers who have been around for 10+ years. They have longevity and a much larger word-of-mouth base workin’ for them!

    – Chelsea :)

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    Jen Kiaba says:

    Added the banner!

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    My biggest struggle is confidence. It is getting better but it is difficult to market yourself when you feel you can do better all the time.

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    Lana says:

    I am already a FB fan.

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    Jen Kiaba says:

    Subscribed to the RSS feed. Mmmm feed….

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    Shelle Reck says:

    I’m just getting started. My biggest stumbling block is building a client base. We are a military family so I don’t have the luxury of being near a lot of friends family to help me with the PB process. At this point I’m trying to put my big girl panties on and just JUMP! :)

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    Tracey says:

    My biggest obstacle to marketing has simply been getting started and doing something, anything…! I need to get going!

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    Meera says:

    My biggest challenge is getting over the shyness of charging acquaintances and of asking people to market me word-of-mouth by telling their friends about me.

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    Tom Li says:

    I haven’t really started. My biggest obstacle is probably just building up a portfolio (and more confidence!).

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    I am not yet in business but am getting closer. Initially the biggest obstacle was learning the skills set to being a good photographer. Then it was getting the basic equipment together. Now the biggest obstacle is a combination of “what if no one wants to hire me” fear and the “where will I find the time”. I think that the first obstacle is an unreasonable fear because … you’ve gotta try … right? The second obstacle I think is a bit more difficult because it would not only be working with my schedule, but the schedule of the clients.

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    Adria says:

    My biggest struggle marketing my business is generating interest in my target audience and building word-of-mouth reputation.

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    Lori says:

    My Budget. I don’t have a big one to buy good marketing materials.

    Another thing would probably be my age. I’m 21 and when people see my porfolio they are very interested, but once I meet them in person they don’t take me seriously. I have to act very professional which sometimes gets in the way of bringing out their personality. During the shoot, they freeze up and so do I!! Ugh! So I know the posing guide would really help!

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    jen says:

    Biggest obstacle in getting started is finding people to practice on! I am still skill building, and need practice posing!… The Design Aglow posing guide would be Awesome!

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    Amy Benson says:

    My biggest obstacle is consistency through design and then carrying out a marketing strategy.

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    jivana says:

    getting the website set up

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    Kai says:

    My biggest obstacle to getting started is the fear of not being able to make my customers comfortable during a photoshoot. To that end I’ve been practicing extensively with friends, but they’re friends and I’m already comfortable with them in a way.

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    Amy Benson says:

    I tweeted, posted on FB, am a FB fan AND am subscribed to your RSS feed.

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    Nicole says:

    A huge obstacle for me is finding the courage to just get out there and find the people and resources I need to get things rolling. The costs involved are through the roof for the things that I need to get started. Every resource certainly will help me out tremendously!

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    Bridgette says:

    I just started & my biggest obstacle has been getting the word out.

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    Bridgette says:

    Already a FB fan.

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    Barb D says:

    Let’s see, between working full time in IT, full time mom, full time daughter, full time wife, full time cook, laundress, chauffeur, dog walker, girlfriend and part time photographer, part time idea guru- does not leave me a whole heck of a lot of time for creative marketing strategies. I see many folks here with the same issue: time to sit and create a brand and market yourself to create that needed buzz….I’ll settle for some extra minutes in a day and at the very least a head start in the right direction with a marketing package :-)

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    Susan P. says:

    Although there are many, I think my biggest struggle is finding & building my target client base.

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    Susan P. says:

    I subscribe to RSS feed

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    Bridgette says:

    I follow on Twitter- bridgettevs

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    Melissa says:

    Motivation!

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    Susan P. says:

    I’m a fan on FB

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    Susan P. says:

    Following on Twitter (@susanpeckphoto)

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    Julie says:

    Designing a website, logo, and promotional materials has me completely stumped!!!

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    Michael O says:

    I believe that my biggest struggle is giving directions as to posing to models and families. I have an idea of what I want but I have a hard time communicating my ideas.

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    jaimie says:

    My biggest problem is that i seem to have more friends than i thought. everyone wants a discount or FREE. i have a hard time telling them i have to charge, its a small town so i really do know everyone.

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    Angie says:

    My biggest struggle is “TIME”! I just dont have time to develop the appopriate marketing materials that I should be using. Outside of the business materials, my biggest struggle is posing! I have such anxiety over the perfect and unique pose! Thanks guiding readers to these resources!!

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    GregH says:

    Needs lots of help with marketing!

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    Mindy says:

    my biggest hurdle right now is building my customer base…..

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    My biggest struggle seems to be getting noticed, affording marketing in a competitive city.

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    GregH says:

    Subscribed to RSS

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    ely fair says:

    My biggest struggle in marketing is knowing WHERE to market…online? On local blogs? On big websites like the Knot? In local magazines? Or should I just keep with word of mouth?

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    Tiffany says:

    I have a hard time getting started b/c we keep moving! The military has moved us 3 times in a little over a year and I have to start all over again each time :(

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    In my head I am nearly ready to take the plunge. However, I am petrified of marketing myself.

    I just found your sight yesterday, it is fabulous. Thank you.

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    Sarah says:

    I am horrible with the whole social media thing! I feel like it’s a great market but I just fall short in that whole area.

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    tiffany says:

    fan on facebook :)

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    Amy Fenner says:

    My biggest challenge, well, it’s two fold – one is finding the time to do it, the other is figuring out what my target market is :)

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    Robert Wyatt says:

    My biggest obstacle right now is portfolio building. I need sev qual images to have for a web site..then I can hang my shingle out.

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    Amy Fenner says:

    I’m an RSS subscriber!

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    Gwendolyn Chambers says:

    Pricing! Finding the balance between too high and too low. And being comfortable asking for what I know I deserve. Then feeling ok if the person will not/can not meet that price. Sometimes when someone doesn’t book I second-guess myself.

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    Amy Fenner says:

    I’m already a fan on fb :)

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    Shar says:

    My biggest marketing issue is not knowing if I am putting my time and money into the right areas that will target the right people. I am finding that the best way to sell myself is to let others do it for me through word of mouth!

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    Amy Fenner says:

    I’m following on twitter!

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    Aimee Taylor says:

    My biggest flaw is my brain! I love being with people, love capturing life for them but when it comes to the “Business” side of my business I suck! Thanks for the chance to win awesome help :)

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    GregH says:

    Member of MCP FB page

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    GregH says:

    Following MCP on Twitter

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    Jeri says:

    My biggest struggle is making the jump from part time to full time photographer. I still wrestle with giving up my steady current income.

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    Nance H says:

    Joined the FB fan page!

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    Melissa says:

    My biggest struggle in getting started is my confidence.

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    michelle riebeek says:

    I’m scared i’ll get there and run out of posing ideas and look stupid. I would really love the posing guide, I think it could really help me get going.

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    Alison M says:

    I feel like word of mouth has been fabulous to me!! I don’t have any major plans on marketing right now. But the buisness side/pricing is a huge struggle for me!!

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    My biggest challenge is attracting clients outside of my friends/family.

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    Annie says:

    I’ve been in business for about 2 years and have noticed that my biggest struggle with marketing is finding the time to really build a brand, in the middle of all the sessions, weddings and edits needed for client galleries.

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    Christy says:

    Right now, I’m just starting out. It’s all so new and fresh…but while I’m portfolio building and getting my “ducks in a row” – I’m afraid I can’t quit my day job to support my photography business…so I guess it’s more financial right now.

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    Mallory Urquhart says:

    My biggest obstacle to getting started, is probably time. I have two young children and I work full time and my husband has school. I have goals and a timeline though. I will get there and i plan to do so within the next year and a half to two years.

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    Dawn says:

    My biggest struggle in marketing is knowing the right places to put my literature in order to target the right people. Everything has been word of mouth, which is great. Now if only I could expand it further. I am also having a lot of trouble figuring the best/most cost effective way to get a website started. This blog has been extremely helpful to me on many levels. :-)

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    Brooke says:

    My biggest obstacle to getting started is believing in myself – i.e. putting forth a confident foot so others believe in me as well.

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    Andrea says:

    I have been told by my husband that I am afraid of my prices. I have since made a price sheet that I mail out to all my clients that schedule an session. That has helped a lot. I have also had a hard time with flyers. I made some really cool ones for Seniors 2010 and I had my timing all wrong, so it was a flop. Timing is everything in marketing.

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    Sandra A. says:

    My biggest struggle is me being shy. This way it’s sometimes hard for me to get people to relax for making the beste pictures.

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    Misty Ballard says:

    I think my biggest struggle with marketing is coming up with a design that ties it all together and looks professional.

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    The biggest struggle marketing right now is getting all the materials developed so they have a cohesive look. That is why the marketing pack would be awesome. Once I have everything together then I feel like it will be easier to bring in the business.

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    Misty Ballard says:

    I am a facebook fan

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    Misty Ballard says:

    I have a banner on my blog!

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    I already subscribe to MCP actions through google reader (I love google reader and suggest that anyone who reads lots of blogs use it)

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    Lauren says:

    The biggest obstacle with marketing is selling myself. I tend to be on the shy side, so putting myself “out there” is a challenge. My goal this summer is to market bigger and better than I have been. It’s a little bit of exciting mixed with a little bit of terrifying!

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    I am a facebook fan too!

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    Cayce says:

    I’ve just launched my photography business so i feel like everything is a struggle starting out with Marketing…The business I’ve received so far is great with referrals but I would love to get my name out there more.

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    Jamie says:

    My biggest problem is time management while shooting. I find myself shooting looooong after the agreed upon {see paid} time is over.

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    cayce says:

    I subscribe to the RSS feed & daily updates.

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    Tracy Lynn says:

    I REALLY REALLY want to start my photography business!! My biggest obstacle… simply that I am SCARED TO DEATH to do sessions of people I don’t know!! I am really unfamiliar with posing and I feel like I just don’t know how to pose them and interact with them to get the shots I want. I would LOVE to have the posing guides…I think this would be a huge help… thinking it would help me to relax a little…which would probably make the clients more relaxed and end up with better images!! Thank you so much!! :)

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    Jennifer Campbell says:

    My biggest obstacle is confidence. I’m just going to keep on practicing and moving forward.

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    christy schmid says:

    Tough question…there are so many obstacle to starting my business. I am not business savvy at all. I have 3 school aged daughters that I stayed at home and raised and was not in the work force. I have so many questions about business information (ex. taxes, business license, what to charge, finances) that I get overwhelmed and scared. Your articles have been great and I am about to take a class on some of this stuff. Taking a leap of faith is hard for me. Christy

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    I’am now following you on twitter!!!!

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    Jennifer says:

    Balancing my time!! For sure. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    My biggest struggle would be getting over the feeling of being pushy.

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    Kristin says:

    Ooooh, I’m a huge Angie fan!!! I’m just getting started & I think my biggest obstacle is myself — feeling confident enough that I’m getting exactly the shots I want rather than hit or miss. Reading every book I can on exposure because I know that’s where it all starts. Thanks for this contest — crossing my fingers & toes!

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    Terri says:

    I think my biggest struggle is getting the word out to expand my client base.

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    Victoria says:

    Talking about myself and what I offer with confidence.

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    Alicia Cerva says:

    Just knowing where to start has been the biggest challenge for me. This past series has been very helpful.

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    Victoria says:

    Already a FB fan!

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    Victoria says:

    Already subscribe to your feed!

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    Alicia Cerva says:

    Signed up on twitter today

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    Alicia Cerva says:

    Signed up with Facebook today. I know, I know, it’s about time!

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    Shared with my Facebook peeps!

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    Signed up for Daily emails.

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    traci says:

    one word … CONFIDENCE! also time has been an issue (and sleep since i’m up all night reading, learning, and editing) but i know my littlest will be in school soon enough *sigh* and i’ll get my time back to really focus. :) i’ve really enjoyed your recent series! i had decided maybe this obsession of mine should be put on the back-burner, maybe forever, until i read the first in your series. at 41, i’m feeling a renewed sense of trying to make it happen and i actually feel a little giddy for the first time in a long time! lol! i don’t want to wonder “what if” in another 10 years. thanks for that. you rock! :)

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    janelkg says:

    Awesome prizes! The big question to me is when does learning end and portfolio building begin?

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    Annie Heng-Tse says:

    My biggest obstacle in getting started is figuring out what companies to use for various things such as website hosting, picture ordering, and marketing.

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    christy schmid says:

    I follow you on twitter and facebook!

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    Yu says:

    I haven’t started yet and one of my biggest obstacles is to have the confidence i need to build up the trust with clients…

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    Kathleen says:

    I really struggle with where to find my target market. I have lots of people who want me to take their photos bur not necessarily at the prices I want to be at.

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    Heather says:

    I just moved to a new area and am struggling to break out, spread the word and catch some new clients.

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    Heather says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed.

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    Heather says:

    I am a fan on FB!

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    KimS says:

    Saving the money to get everything I need to get started:)!

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    eleni says:

    My biggest struggle is connecting with people from my desired target market.

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    Darien says:

    My biggest struggle right now is finding people to practice on. I don’t have kiddos yet & live out in the country so it’s hard to find a plethora of kiddos to practice with. I need to put out some advertising for portfolio building but am hesitant because I don’t have a cohesive mktg/logo design or client communications ready yet. Argh!

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    reaching my exact target market is my challenge! its nice to have people like your work but it’s tough to find those who will PAY for it :)

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    Darien says:

    I’m a fan on facebook!

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    shari henson says:

    i think the hardest thing about marketing for me is figuring out which products to buy that will actually work. i don’t want to ‘waste’ money…that i don’t have! haha.

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    Darien says:

    I follow MCP on Twitter!

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    Yolanda says:

    My biggest obstacle to getting started is knowing how to reach people beyond my immediate family and friends.

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    Mary Fitzgerald says:

    My biggest market obstacle is trying to narrow down my target audience.

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    lisa says:

    Right now education is still my biggest hurdle but after that, where do all those first clients come from??

    What a great series!!

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    lisa says:

    I subscribe to RSS feed.

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    Darien says:

    I follow the MCP RSS feed!

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    Erika says:

    My biggest struggle is that I feel like my area is saturated with new photographers! I need some help marketing so that I am the ‘WOW’ we need her photographer!

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    My biggest struggle is stepping up and saying hey I am a photographer, and I am good. I work solely based on word of mouth now, and have the whole “I am new and not that great so I am going to charge less complex”

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    Dave Johnson says:

    My biggest obstacle with getting started in the business is not the capital needed, the business knowledge, the knowledge and practice of proper photography techniques, working with clients, editing knowledge, or getting a website up and running… the biggest obstacle I face is the confidence to move forward. It may just be time to jump in… but it’s hard to make the leap.

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    Maryanne M says:

    The hardest part of marketing for me is finding potential clients, getting together my portfolio and then differentiating myself from other people…still so much to learn.

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    I would have to say is people trusting me to take their pictures. I have been doing family and friends for free (for now!) and they seem happy with their results! I am in the early early stages, so I am trying to get more then friends and family. The From Hobbyist to Professional has been very beneficial! I find it amazing!

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    Erika says:

    Joined the facebook fan page!

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    Molly says:

    Not in biz yet, so my biggest obstacle is just figuring out where to get started and the whole works! Your series has been really beneficial to me!

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    Miranda Glaeser says:

    My biggest obstacle getting started is knowing how to run a shoot. Since I’ve never really done it, it holds me back. I keep thinking, if I could just see one in person, then I could do it myself. So I guess “the unknown” is my biggest obstacle.

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    Judy says:

    My biggest obstactle is time management. ;(

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    Miranda Glaeser says:

    I am a FB fan!

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    Miranda Glaeser says:

    I follow your tweets!

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    Jessica Hilborn says:

    Not yet in business. My biggest struggle to starting is having the time (between working and being a mom to 3 little ones) to get a website, blog, logo, etc established and the money and “know how” to do so. I would LOVE some help in these areas!

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    Miranda Glaeser says:

    I get your daily updates too!

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    Melanie Pitcher says:

    My biggest obstacle that’s keeping me from starting a business is I don’t even know where to start finding clients!

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    Jessica Hilborn says:

    Already a FB fan and follow the blog!!

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    Linda Blank says:

    My biggest obstacle to marketing is the demographics where we live. Not enough high incomes levels to get a lot of money for photography. It’s more the JCPenny photo crowd so it’s hard to market effectively and earn enough money for this crowd.

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    I posted on FB to have people come and enter the contest.

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    Melanie Pitcher says:

    The MCP banner is on my blog!

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    deanna says:

    my biggest struggle is “TIME” – finding time to implement anything new after working full-time in another field.

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    Suzanne says:

    There is no doubt good marketing will help with building my business. I started my business over 5 years ago, in my late 20’s. I took a 2 year hiatus to have my third child. All the while, I have always had a “day job” while I built up my photography business. It is amazing how 2 years off will affect your business. Due to a hard drive failure, I lost all of my previous client’s info. So I am basically starting over and it is a long and painful process. :) My husband lost his job in Jan. (Still unemployed, now full time student) I just lost my “day job” of 10 years last week. I feel so overwhelmed with trying to organize my time to best serve in building my business back up. It is do or die, because I have to pay the bills! I have been looking into a marketing packet but all of my spending is on hold until something breaks. This would be such a tremendous blessing. Thanks for your consideration. Sincerely, Suzanne

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    natalie lawson says:

    i’m not so sure i ever want to make this a business, but i do think that if i ever did go that route, i think the biggest hurdle for me would being assertive with pricing. i’m not good enough to charge right now, but if i ever did get good enough, asking someone for money wouldn’t be easy!

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    Sarah Goodsell says:

    I’m OVERWHELMED!!!! haha Where do I start is my biggest problem I have so many starting places I just need to start finishing some.

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    Marina says:

    Biggest Marketing struggle…. deciding on a price for my time and for prints.

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    samantha carless says:

    My biggest struggle is in budgeting marketing money wisely ~ where to spend in order to make the best impact! :)

    *thanks!!

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    Heather says:

    Just now thinking about trying to start out. I think my biggest obstacle is just trying to figure out what to do first and trying to find the time to do it.

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    Melanie Pitcher says:

    I subscribe to the rss feed!

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    dhana says:

    reaching target clients. getting past pricing. being more organized. not marketing. these and more.

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    Denise Glenn says:

    I’m pretty much at the beginning of my photography journey. This blog has been such an inspiration and confirmation that I CAN DO THIS! There are still lots of puzzle pieces missing, but the path is much brighter and inviting since I found MCP. The biggest obstacle for me at this point is building my skill and confidence and knowing how to pose and direct a client through a photo session in order to instill the feelings/emotions and confidence they need to project their “true selves” to the camera. I know it’s in me somewhere! ;) Thanks for this series–it’s invaluable!

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    finding the right words and ideas for the idea and then the time to create the marketing piece. Sometimes it takes me 20 minutes just to answer a simple email.

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    andrea says:

    The biggest struggle is coming up with sound marketing ideas to gain clients.

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    Dana McDevitt says:

    I’m just starting and I’m having the hardest time breaking away from the friends and family clients…I can’t seem to reach the friends of friends.

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    Amb says:

    Marketing isn’t my strong point. I’m just starting my business and am lost on where to start! Keeping my fingers….double crossed ;)

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    rachael s says:

    so far, it is finding people to market to…and then finding a way to effectively market to those audiences.

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    rachael s says:

    i subscribe to the rss feed

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    rachael s says:

    i am a facebook fan…or rather, i like you guys on facebook :)

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    Jessica says:

    I have had great luck this year with posting on craigslist but when people google “wedding photographers” my site doesn’t come up…at least not in the first few hundred!

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    rachael s says:

    i also follow mcp on twitter

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    Heidi Kreitz says:

    I need to learn to market myself to a wider group. I have my small group of clients and have gotten quite a bit of new business through word of mouth, but I would like to branch out further to new areas and I’m not quite sure the best way to do so.

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    rachael s says:

    and i tweeted as well…@littlebites

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    Jaime says:

    I have only marketed my business via word-of-mouth, and I’m ready to do more, just not sure where to start!

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    Mindy U says:

    My biggest struggle is just knowing where to get started!!! It’s very time consuming and overwhelming!

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    Brienne T. says:

    My biggest obstacle has been choosing a name that I like.

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    Aurora says:

    The biggest marketing struggle for me is most definitely charging properly. If I were independently wealthy, I’d do this for free, because I love photographing people so much. I’m always having to stop myself from underselling myself–giving away my work for too little in return.

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    Kara Jensen says:

    My biggest challenge when it comes to marketing my business is having a consistent design with which to do it. I want to be cohesive and consistent with my products including whatever designs I have for marketing. I don’t know much about graphic design, so I just fend for myself as best I can! This series has been great, Thanks!

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    Noa says:

    My biggest struggle currently is how to charge for portfolio building and getting all of the contract material ready.

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    Yolanda says:

    I subscribe to the RSS feed.

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    Sarah says:

    My biggest challenge is time. I don’t have enough of it. :)

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    Pamela S. says:

    My biggest stuggle is marketing and gaining an initial client base. (Just starting out in the portrait photography arena). Need to know how to price and market to my target clients in multiple areas.

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    Kelley Cook says:

    My biggest obstacle, I think, is my website. I created it when I first started doing photography for other people…and I HATE the way it looks! I know it is a direct reflection on me and my work (and it’s so outdated), but having a full time job, 3 kiddos, and photography on the side, I just do not have the time to put into self teaching myself how to get that elegant, flash player, no right-click site that I want! (as well as easy to maintain and update!) As of now, I intentionally do not make/distribute business cards or offer any specials/discounts, simply because I do not have time to even accept all of the business that I get calls for. Right now I turn a lot of business down…but I am planning on moving to a new area this summer and basically startng from scratch…so I found the info in step 4 so very beneficial! I especially love the friends and family pricing, as I also struggle with that! By the time I do “favors” for friends and family…I do not have time to do any “real” business! lol I could so benefit from the info in step 4 and this contest’s prizes!

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    Brienne T. says:

    Shared contest on Facebook

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    Gina says:

    I follow on twitter!!

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    Karen Mades says:

    My biggest obsticle in getting a business underway is developing a website and leading potential sutomers to it. I live in the
    Detroit area that has been hit so hard economically, so I also have a problem with what to charge without “giving things away”. I have been working with several people that I know who have allowed me to take photos of them for my portfolio, but now would like to take it a step further.

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    Michelle says:

    I think my biggest challenge is selling myself and knowing how to do that. That includes knowing the right price poivt vs. where to find those clients at. :)

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    Michelle says:

    I’m a mcp fan on fb! :)

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    Michelle says:

    I follow on twitter!

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    Michelle says:

    I subscribe to the rss daily updates :)

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    Krystal says:

    Balancing family and outside goals is the hardest for me.

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    Whitnie says:

    My biggest stuggle is simply knowing what would be best for my business.

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    Christina says:

    What is your biggest struggle marketing your business?

    To overcome the “affordable” label and have the focus more on talent and style.

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    Connie McClain says:

    I’m working on getting started in my business, and this series has really helped me out more than you can imagine! But my biggest obstacle to getting started is really myself. I don’t have the confidence in myself and starting a business is such a big thing…very scary…I don’t want to mess up!

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    Connie McClain says:

    I subscribe to the daily updates :)

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    Connie McClain says:

    I am already a fan on FB :)

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    Michelle Johnson says:

    The biggest obstacle that I have in getting started in business is developing my talent to a point where I feel comfortable charging.

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    wendy says:

    no idea HOW to start without sounding like an eager annoying beaver

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    wendy says:

    rss feed

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    wendy says:

    follow you on twitter

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    Doel says:

    Wow, I don’t even know where to begin. You know, sometimes I feel that I have to much information and don’t and sometimes not enough. So I must keep on reading and studying this series. But all of it helps. Thanks!

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    wendy says:

    fb fan

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    Eva Shaugnessy says:

    This would be a nice win as I have never heard of a guide before but I have learned that a price sheet is good to have on hand. The added marketing technique would be a great added feature for me. I was just getting around to putting something together but time is my hardest priority. I also appreciate the added comments from others who help feel like im not alone on stating right where im at too~!

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    Blog link! Another entry!!!

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    Chelsi says:

    My biggest struggle in marketing is just really knowing where to start. I always ask myself what do I put my time and effort into that will get me the best results/the biggest benefit to my business. I just don’t what to do a lot of useless things, if there’s one or two more important things. Hope that makes sense.

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    Chelsi says:

    I am a subscriber!

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    Chelsea says:

    Google analytics is amazing. It’s telling me that lots of people are going to my website, then they leave after less than a minute and I get no calls. It looks like my biggest marketing challenge is my online presence, which is super important these days.

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    Chelsi says:

    I’m a Fan on your facebook page as well!

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    Robin Morse says:

    The biggest obstacle to getting started for me right now is the time and money. I work full time and am also a mom. I shoot as much as possible but I wish for more time to shoot for practice and to get my business finally up and running.

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    AmyC says:

    My biggest obstacle in getting started is having the confidence to charge money for my photos! Another is balancing work/family time!

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    Tara S. says:

    My biggest struggle in getting started is having the resources to create a brand image that represents me AND stands out amongst everyone else.

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    My biggest marketing struggle has been launching my business… from taking free photographs for friends and transitioning into charging for my work!

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    Gloria says:

    My biggest obstacle is the fact that there are so many photography businesses out there and I need to figure out how to make my work stand out.

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    I have an MCP actions link on my blog. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win! http://kristacampbell.blogspot.com

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    I’m an RSS feed subscriber :)

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    Liz says:

    Biggest obstacle= confidence

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    Gloria says:

    I am a fan on Facebook!

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    Ryan N says:

    I have a tough time deciding where to put into. I’ve been burned by a few agencies and am still paying for it. There just isn’t that magic “Awesome Marketing” button.

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    Liz says:

    I subscribe to Rss Feed

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    Katie says:

    My biggest struggle is keeping everything consistent in marketing.

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    carla says:

    I get caught on where I’m going to get that first 5 clients.

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    Rachel Hope says:

    With just starting a business, I haven’t been able to market too much. Most of my business has been through word of mouth and it’s been great but I would really like to up my game!

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    Casey says:

    My biggest challenge of marketing my business is identifying the right target audience.

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    Rachel Hope says:

    I follow you on Twitter

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    Rachel Hope says:

    I also get the RSS feed.

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    I’m an MCP FB Fan! :) Thanks for the chance to win. I really need this marketing set!

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    Galina says:

    struggle – probably it is hard to choose efficient form of advertising – all this facebook, magazine ads, newspapers and more – it is frustrating

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    rebecca says:

    Confidence is my biggest obstacle in getting started!

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    Jill R says:

    My biggest struggle, as a perfectionist, is knowing what’s RIGHT as far as contracts, paperwork, pricing, proofing, etc. There are so many different ways to work this business and so many awesome examples, but I’m in a fog trying to figure out what’s best for me. Getting the business stuff worked out is probably my biggest obstacle. I’m sure homeschooling the 4 remaining kids at home doesn’t really help me be as focused as I could/should be on the business!

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    Gladys Hedaya says:

    My greatest obstacle is the unpredictability of getting the exposure right outdoors. I don’t want to miss the shot by fooling around with my camera. In essence, I’m concerned with marrying the technical and artistic side of photography.

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    Chell says:

    My biggest obstacle is trying to maintain my blog and website, I have found less and less people look at the website so I am working on doing more marketing through my blog and considering doing away with the website once and for all.

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    Debora says:

    Not enough time to put everything together! My time goes to the perfections of the photos and also my family!

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    I would like to stand out from the competition in order to find my demographic and appeal to them.
    I feel I need to let people know that I am the right choice for them and then the word of mouth will
    have a life of it’s own…a specialized marketing pack would be a good choice for me at the moment.
    Would love to win!
    Thanks so much for the opportunity.
    xo

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    Katharine says:

    I think marketing is my next great hurtle….slowly but surely!

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    amber says:

    biggest struggle in getting started is time and fear!

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    Wendy Mayo says:

    My biggest struggle is balancing marketing and shooting and editing – everything involved with running a business by myself. Marketing always takes a back seat.

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    Sherri Dale says:

    my biggest struggle in marketing is that I am new to the area (I moved here to be with my husband). The few people that I do know have been a great source of word of mouth advertising, but I think some people hear about me, but have trouble finding me because they don’t know me (or know my husband, but don’t know I am married to him – we have different last names).

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    JeninWA says:

    I haven’t started, I’m still learning. I am gleaning everything I can from you…this would be a great bonus!

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    JACKIE BEALE says:

    my biggest trouble in marketing my business is networking and just getting my business out there to brides. Word of mouth is the greatest thing ever, but I’d like to also market outside of this and see results. I know networking with other vendors is a huge help but I feel stuck with this as I am shy by nature! I would also like to brand myself more and offer a more professional prescence to future clients.

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    cristina says:

    Biggest obstacle is balancing photography & business side.

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    My biggest issue is talking about myself. I can give them any piece of marketing info I print but when it comes to talking about myself I have a rough time – definitely not an outspoken promotor!

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    Emily says:

    My biggest obstacle is finding the time to update my marketing materials. I always manage to find something else to do so I can push the marketing aside but I know I need to spend more time on marketing!

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    Heather says:

    I think one of the toughest things for me is figuring out my business plan.

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    Lauren Miller says:

    Starting up a business requires a significant investment. My biggest obstacle getting started would be just not having the money for all of the initial costs. It will be something that takes time for me.

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    Ashley says:

    I am scared to market until I feel confident enough to not ‘screw up’ something for a stranger. I really need to get over that – word of mouth has been great and I keep getting people asking me to do photos for them. I guess maybe I don’t really know where to begin a ‘real’ marketing beyond that.

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    emilyK says:

    biggest obstacle in getting started is balancing my time between the creative stuff and the business stuff

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    emilyK says:

    i subscribed to the RSS feed!

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    I’m very new, haven’t had an official “paid” session yet, and I’m finding it difficult to break past having only friends & family as fans, followers, potential clients, etc. I’m slowly breaking through, but it’s a slow process!

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    Sarah beth says:

    My biggest obstacle to marketing and starting up my business is to keep focused and not jump into things that are not part of my strategic and marketing plans! I can get excited and sidetracked, spending hours on things that may not be of immediate importance and procrastinating on things that are!
    I also became a fan on facebook and posted a link to this on my blog!

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    Yolanda says:

    I am an MCP Actions Facebook fan.

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    Jessica says:

    My biggest struggle is finding my niche, what area I want to focus on most before I start marketing to one target audience.

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    Cortney says:

    My biggest struggle marketing my business has been keeping everything together. Remembering all the different things you need to do and then finding the time to do all of them.

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    Chelle says:

    My biggest marketing challenge is……getting clients. I have hosted a contest on my blog and gave free sessions to winners in hopes of gaining more clients. Sadly, there were only 2 people to post comments in order to enter the contest. I have posted “special discounts” on my website and Facebook pages. I have handed out busisness cards. I don’t want to come off pushy so sometimes I don’t mention that I have a photography busisness, I try to let “the potential client” bring it up in conversation. I use Google Analytics and it is a great tool, but I only have a few visitors to my website each day. Most are new visitors, but no one is contacting me. Currently I am revaluating which photgraphs are on my website. My client base sofar has been word-of-mouth, but I want to expand that. Not sure where to start!

    Thanks,
    Frustrated

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    Suzanne says:

    My biggest challenge is attracting the right clients – I’m at the very beginning of this journey.

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    Jenn says:

    My biggest struggle is knowing how to market and just practical business aspects.

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    Jill Ellison says:

    I think one of my biggest struggles is oversaturation so finding that thing that sets me apart and makes me stand out!

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    Becks says:

    My biggest struggle with starting up a business is taking the giant jump of going into debt for equipment/resources and not knowing whether or not I’ll make up that money and making a living off of my work. Another issue I deal with is lack of self confidence. Curse my being a female.

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    Becks says:

    I joined the MCP Fan Page =D

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    Becks says:

    I follow your RSS Feed and LOVE it =D!

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    michelle says:

    I haven’t started a yet, but I think my biggest obstacle would be building an initial client base

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    Michelle Woodland says:

    Knowing where to begin.

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    Elizabeth B says:

    My challenge is that I work full-time in another job and devote my weekends and evenings to photography. I love to devote that time to shooting and being creative, but find it hard to set aside time for the business side of things including marketing and also having a better web presence.

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    Emily S says:

    Trying to book my target client. I’m trying to switch to not providing the digital images and having a difficult time with this transition.

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    Elizabeth B says:

    Shared this post on my Facebook.

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    Kara says:

    My biggest struggle is finding the happy medium – work/family.

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    Misti says:

    I have good friends in the business, and I don’t want to “intrude” on their business. Also, since my husband is a pastor & I’m a teacher (juniors), I don’t want to market myself in a way that makes it seem as if I’m taking advantage of his postion or my position.

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    My biggest obstacle is having confidence to jump! Thank you!

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    Mikkel says:

    My biggest struggle marketing your business is finding where to start aside from posting comments on blogs and my twitter and such! I feel pretty good about already having started with Social Media though. Thanks for the chance!

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    EBPitcher says:

    I guess my biggest obstacle is thinking I’m not ready. (I’m probably not, but this series is helping with things I’ve never thought of. Thanks!

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    Meghan says:

    My biggest struggle in marketing my business is being forward enough tell people about what I do. I find it difficult to put it out there…and tend to let my work sell itself. I’m not one to draw attention and my happy place is behind my camera. I also am finding it’s easy to market with a ton of money…I’m really trying to stay out of debt starting this business and spending just what I need on marketing at this point in time. It’s hard not to WANT the next thing.

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    Kelly D. says:

    My biggest struggle with marketing is finding the time to get started. Also, where to begin?!

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    Geneil says:

    Biggest obstacle to getting started… lack of confidence/fear of failure

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    Thanks for this offer!
    My biggest obstacle and struggle in my business-even after 2 years- is being confident in my pricing. I have a lot of clients trying to wiggle the prices down all the time, and I have to learn that my time and my talent is valuable!

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    GayleV says:

    My biggest struggle so far has been figuring out how to market to my target audience.

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    sandy says:

    I haven’t taken the plunge yet.. and feel like i need more workshops and learning under my belt before publically announcing..”Hi, Im a Photographer!”

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    GayleV says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed and LOVE your blog!

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    Amanda J says:

    I think the biggest struggle for me has been building my client base. It seems like everyone is interested, until you start charging.

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    Stephanie says:

    My biggest obstacle about getting out there and marketing myself is being confident in myself to strike up conversation or find the finances to use my marketing materials. It doesn’t help that I am sorta homeless right now too! Once we get our belongings, I can focus more on my business. We’ll be in a great neighborhood so hopefully I can start with them.

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    GayleV says:

    I am a facebook fan and appreciate the updates!

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    Erin B says:

    My biggest obstacle to getting this off the ground is balancing the business stuff with building my portfolio…I can’t seem to find time in the day to do both (with everything else in my life that demands attention). I’m thinking about giving up sleep though :-)

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    Tracy Laulhere says:

    I’m just getting started with my business. I think I am the biggest obstacle to marketing my business. I am rather shy and it takes a bit of a push to get myself out there. Once I’m there, I feel really good, but getting out there is sometimes a struggle.

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    kristi johnson says:

    biggest obstacle right now-pricing!

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    Susan says:

    What is your biggest struggle marketing your business? Finding the clients that fit within my budget. I have the family portraits easily (need more customers) and I’m slowly working into the Senior area, but I really want to make it as a wedding photographer and I just don’t know how to market myself or my blog for this industry. I have 14 weddings under my belt as an assisant, but I can’t get that lead without giving the farm away to get started! Help!

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    Bart Leger says:

    My main problem is lack of creatitivy. Time is a problem as well.

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    Bri says:

    My biggest struggle in marketing my business is how to correctly market my business. I have finally defined my business and now I seem to be at a loss in the area of marketing. I don’t want to keep marketing unsuccessfully.

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    Amy Cameron says:

    My biggest struggle is figuring out what will work. I try one campaign and it completely fails and another will succeed only to fail later…I can’t figure out what makes a marketing campaign successful. It seems so hit or miss.

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    Melissa says:

    I just moved to a big city with lots of client potential, but I dont know anyone! I am not sure how to get my name out there.

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    Denise says:

    My biggest struggle is getting my name out there in a market that suits my price range. My clients from my area are more price conscious.

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    Lisa says:

    My biggest fear is: how will I find my initial client base? The one that can generate great WOM?

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    Shelly says:

    selling myself and pricing are my biggest struggles, but its all difficult in my opinion….if only I could just take the pictures!

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    Mikki says:

    I have been working towards starting my own photography business for the last 6 months or so and my biggest obstacle is fear that my work won’t be good enough.

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    Andie says:

    I’d say my #1 struggle with marketing is TIME! i work full time job and have a growing part time photog biz and i know i need more time to focus on my photog biz so it can be my sole income. Anything that can help and is turn key is my BFF! That is why i love MCP actions – my workflow has sped up tremendously!

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    Jenn S. says:

    My biggest obstacle to getting started is my lack of computer/web know-how. I really want to start a blog and have a fabulous website, but I don’t even know where to begin!

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    Lacy says:

    My biggest obstacle in getting started I have found is the confidence I have in my work. I am super critical of my own work, but I am taking the steps to educate myself on things that I’m insecure about…I think that will help! Once that is overcome I think the next hardest step will be setting my prices.

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    My biggest obstacle is believing in myself. I need these tools to get started!

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    stephanie pedersen says:

    My biggest struggle is the time, money to market and who (geographically) just to market to.

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    stephanie pedersen says:

    I’m a fan!

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    My biggest struggle with marketing is promoting products and prints. My clients seem to always order the prints that seem “safe” and hate to try new ideas or go BIG with thier prints. Id love to have marketing material that showcased all the great products that I offer.

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    stephanie pedersen says:

    I subscribe.

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    Ally says:

    My biggest obstacle is finding self confidence and knowing how to market myself with what I have to offer.

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    RachaelP says:

    My biggest struggle marketing my business is finding low cost ways of advertising my business to my target market. Most ways of advertising either dont stand out, dont target the right clients, or are very expensive for someone starting out and trying to build up a solid business.

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    Melanie says:

    My biggest struggle is putting together all the elements that need to be in place in order to be in business!

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    Melanie says:

    Fan on Facebook of MCP:)

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    Kristie Bradley says:

    What is your biggest struggle marketing your business? Or if not in business, what your biggest obstacle to getting started?

    I think my biggest struggle in getting started is pricing,marketing and time. I have been working on my business at night and in between my full time job, taking on sessions for friends to build my portfolio and TRYING to set my prices. Setting prices is a very difficult decision. Going to be working on my logo and branding the next few weeks then back to pricing!!

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    Lisa says:

    I struggle with how to gain more clients…haven’t been doing this very long so I am still feeling my way through.

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    Lisa says:

    subscribed to RSS

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    Lisa says:

    following on twitter (@shutterspeeder)

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    Erica Young says:

    My biggest obstacle is trying to find clients. And I don’t know if I charge to much or not enough.

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    Ali C says:

    Biggest obstacle to getting started is confidence!

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    Karyn Collins says:

    Definitely my biggest challenge is TIME. I’m constantly trying to find/make the time to build the business while working in a totally unrelated field FT and hanging with/taking care of my family. This series has been SO helpful and inspiring BTW. After reading the post on portfolio building I “booked” 4 portfolio building shoots in the next two weeks. YeeHA!!(yeah, I’m from Texas :o)…and good-bye sleep. OK, the balancing act continues .. off to pick up the kidlet from school.

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    evie says:

    There is such an influx of photographers in my area that it has been challenging to find a way to make myself stand out in the crowd.

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    Ali C says:

    I have an MCP banner! :)

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    CJ says:

    The biggest obstacle to getting started for me is finding clients. So far word of mouth is not doing it! I just have not taken the next steps of actively marketing myself, so any ways to do that will be very appreciated.

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    Tiffany says:

    Feeling cofortable enough with work to charge.

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    Kori T. says:

    Not yet started….the biggest challenge is my age. I am only 15, but I have a whole photography business in my head. But because I am only 15, I have no money to buy an SLR camera and no one takes me seriously when I have my little point-and-shoot. But when I use my school’s Nikon D60 yearbook camera, everyone considers me pro. So the biggest challenge is my age.

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    Kim says:

    Biggest obstacle is pricing myself for what I am worth and sticking to it. Seems like I am always giving in to a lesser price.

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    Angie says:

    My biggest struggle with marketing my business is knowing what resources are legit, and which ones aren’t. I would love the opportunity to win this!

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    Angie says:

    Fan on FB!

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    Angie says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed!

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    Brenda says:

    My biggest obstacle to starting a business is money. I’m going to be graduating college soon, which means I am going to be in debt for a few years yet. I need a steady income to pay off my loans and I’m afraid I won’t make enough as a photographer to support myself.

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    Brenda says:

    I have a link back on my blog for an extra entry. :)

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    My biggist struggle in marketing my business is the organization and selling of my product. I am wanting to put together welcome packets to my clients to sell my product. I have so many things in my head that I would love to present to my clients, but have a hard time getting it put together.

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    carli says:

    my biggest struggle is having the funds to pay for marketing materials. sigh.

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    Kerri Tindle says:

    I have a huge problem with self-confidence. It’s hard to sell yourself when you don’t think you’re as good as everyone else!

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    carli says:

    i have an mcp banner on my website.

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    Emmie says:

    My biggest challenge in marketing is being afraid of sounding desperate for work even though I’m not desperate. I don’t market myself bery well because of my fear.

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    Erin says:

    I am just getting started- and my biggest struggle is getting the word out there without feeling pushy.

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    Organization and staying on task is definitely my biggest struggle..I have great ideas and never enough time!!! Love both these talented artists!!!!

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    Allison says:

    I think my biggest struggle with my marketing is knowing what to do and when! I am very weak in the marketing department…most of my business is from word of mouth.

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    k craft says:

    Marketing while still perfecting skills is complicated. With no real price idea and no branding yet its hard to market with out seeming like a shoot and burner

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    What is your biggest struggle marketing your business? Marketing to the right people (those who do not just want a CD with images for a very inexpensive price… those who value photography and will spend $1000 or more on photographs for their home)

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    Mishaun says:

    I am just starting out. My biggest obstacle is marketing and building a client base.

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    I follow MCP on twitter

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    I follow MCP on facebook

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    Laura T. says:

    Just getting started… my biggest challenge is getting the pricing right so I’m able to attract clients AND make some $$$

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    Trude says:

    I’m trying to get closer and closer to launching. I think my biggest obstacles are investment capital and differentiating myself from the other photogs in the area.

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    Subscribed to the RSS feed through netvibes

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    Kellie spicknell says:

    My biggest obstacle is knowing what to do next. I need to plan more and know my next move. I also tend to wait for work to come to me rather than go and get it.

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    Courtney says:

    Biggest getting started obstacle thus far… becoming an official business (state/federal). There’s no easy button “click here if you would like to start a sole proprietor business”. There is a lot to dig through and shuffle and figure out. Sure, the easy way would be to pay an accountant to tell me what to do, but I wanna do it myself. :)

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    Courtney says:

    I follow MCP on twitter.

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    Courtney says:

    and facebook.

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    Courtney says:

    and an rss subscriber.

    ok. that’s all. ;)

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    Lori K says:

    I think my biggest obstacle is the fear of failure.

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    Lori K says:

    Also read in Google!

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    Lori K says:

    And follow on facebook!

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    Kylie Pearce says:

    I am extremely design challanged i really struggle to design marketing materials that look great. Please help.

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    Kristin says:

    learning about SEO…I am confused by it.

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    Kristin says:

    I am a fan on facebook!

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    Rachel says:

    Just knowing where to start, of course other then the obvious of registering the business name etc. Package prices to the skill level you have and other costs associated.

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    Brittney says:

    Biggest struggle would be… doing something I think will gain a lot of attention (ie giveaway so many wallets if you book by a certain date… etc.) and no one takes me up on the offer. So, what should I do?

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    Wendy says:

    Staying organized and approaching people.

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    Brittney says:

    I already subscribe to the RSS Feeds

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    Brittney says:

    I’m already a member on the MCP FB Page

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    I struggle with advertising and hard selling product!

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    Brittney says:

    I already follow MCP on twitter

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    Bruce says:

    My biggest struggle in marketing my business is how do I reach my target market?

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    Jordan says:

    My biggest struggle is finding the time to really market myself effectively – between my full time day job, kids, and shooting/editing, I feel like there is never enough time!

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    Lori Smith says:

    Biggest challenge is deciding where to spend the money–website, marketing materials or concentrate on education!

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    Starr Crocker says:

    Trying to get started! I am working on building my portfolio and I am still in school! Having fun though!

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    Erica says:

    I’m really still in the learning stage but I think one of the biggest obstacles will be getting the business side sorted out. This series is really helpful in that regard.

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    The biggest problem I have with marketing is getting my name out there! I can’t seem to find new and fresh ideas that are effective enough to get people talking.

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    Sarah says:

    I am finding it incredibly hard to portfolio build for family and friends for next to nothing whilst also spending a lot of money on stuff, like a new lens, monitor calibration tool, prints at the prolab to make sure my process works, building my website. I long for the day I can charge someone without feeling like a fraud.

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    My biggest struggle is getting my name out there with a niche photography business. I photograph dogs and I have to start-up on NO MONEY. However, I think I am finding great resources and on my way to tackling this issue – all I need now is some FREE marketing stuff! :) I am a fan on your FB page as Elizabeth Beattie and I follow you on twitter under Beattie_Studios.

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    wendy says:

    not in business yet, but the biggest hurdle is not being good enough! need to get more practice before i can start charging!

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    Jen Parker says:

    Knowing where to put your money and how to reach your target audience is the biggest struggle for me.

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    Martina Frankovits says:

    My biggest struggle with starting my business-Having the faith in myself that it will work, and be successful!

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    Jen Parker says:

    I’m a subscriber to the RSS feed!

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    Jen Parker says:

    I’m a fb fan!

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    Karly says:

    My biggest obstacle is all the legal and accounting stuff! I hate to pay all the fees to start a busienss when I’m not entirely sure being in business is right for me…at the same time, I don’t want to take money from people if I’m not legal! Agh!

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    Crissie says:

    I just have no idea where to begin! SCARY!!

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    Jen Parker says:

    I’m a MCP Twitter follower!

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    Nikki says:

    I’m not in business yet but my biggest challenge at the moment is managing my time. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get my photography to the next level.

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    Kaitlin says:

    There have been many challenges in getting started–but I think the biggest one for me personally has simply been CHARGING PEOPLE! (Especially friends). I thought I needed to build a great portfolio before I started taking money for my images, but I have realized that I have enough to go by and people want to and are willing to pay. Getting past the “charging friends” has been my biggest personal hurdle–other than that, getting great opportunities to display my talent have been something I have had to really work for.

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    Julie Vella says:

    My biggest hurdle is having the confidence to market myself as a photographer, sometimes I still feel like a fraud!

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    Christie G. says:

    Definitely confidence! I don’t see the worth in my own work, which is a daily struggle for me.

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    Amanda says:

    biggest obstacle for me is new clients, I have friends and family that want to use me but capturing new clients has been tough.

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    Jess says:

    I am pretty new so word of mouth has been my only marketing tool. Now that I feel I’m ready to branch out a little I have no idea where to start with Marketing my self.

    Thanks so much for all you guys do. Your blog is awesome.

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    Shana Qualey says:

    My biggest obstacle is how to make people realize that they need professional photos and to make them willing to pay accordingly. How to convey value in all the products offered.

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    Shana Qualey says:

    I’m already a fan on Facebook.

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    Pam L. says:

    My biggest marketing problem is in designing the pieces I want to use for mailings, advertisement, brochures, etc.
    Angie’s Marketing Pack looks like just what I need and I LOVE anything that is put out by Design Aglow!
    This series has been wonderful.

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    Pam L. says:

    I am already a facebook fan, follower on twitter AND have had you listed on my blog for some time now. I love to spread the word about MCP because it is such a valuable source for photographers.
    Thanks, Jodi.

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    MegganB says:

    resources and creativity…

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    Michelle Hockman says:

    I am in the progress of becoming a real business. My biggest struggle is how to price and marketing – oh and website design / advice.

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    VanessaB says:

    Getting the confidence to ‘just do it’…and knowing where to begin!

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    Christy says:

    The toughest part for me right now is figuring out how to reach my taget client.

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    Ann says:

    I guess my biggest struggle is that I am so busy with photo sessions and editing that I honestly don’t have time to create these types of marketing tools myself (not that I totally couldn’t use them!!!). I haven’t even had time to create an offical website…now that’s pretty bad:) Should have done all of this in the beginning.

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    Getting my name out there and building my portfolio – I know I need to take more pics.

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    I follow on twitter! I’m @SouthernILPhoto

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    And I follow MCP on FB

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    Oh! I keep forgetting that I have a link on my blog to your site. :)

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    amy says:

    my biggest obstacle to getting started is time and narrowing down all of my ideas that i’d love to do once i get started!

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    Kristin says:

    My biggest hurdle in marketing is determining how best to reach my audience. Very few of my clients seem to be as engaged in social networking as other people’s – fully half last year aren’t on facebook, twitter etc.

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    Elizabeth says:

    my biggest obstacle in getting started and really marketing myself, is lacking confidence. I know that I can do it, and everyone keeps telling my I can, and my photos will sell themselves, but somehow that little voice in the back of my head keeps drowning out everything else and it holds me back. I will over come this!!!

    this is such a great contest and a great opportunity. thanks for the chance to enter!

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    Krista B. says:

    With a full-time job, I am having a hard time finding people to share my new business with. How do I start the conversation?

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    tricia nugen says:

    I think my biggest struggle is not knowing how to get my name out there. I have just now felt confidant in my work enough to start really networking. But honestly, it’s because of people like Jodi, Rachel Durik and I heart Faces that have taught me more in the last year than I’ve learned in the 6 I’ve been doing this.

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    I’m having a really hard time coming up with pricing…should I do a sitting fee and a la carte print prices? Pacakages? And how do I work senior reps into the equation? There are so many different roads to take with pricing. Also, how do you determine print prices? Is it a percentage or just some random number?

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    Nancy says:

    My biggest obstacle is feeling good about my price list and leaving it alone. I always wonder what the client thinks – is it too high? Too low? I have researched it a lot so I would love to just accept it, and change it if necessary when the time comes!

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    Holly Irwin says:

    My biggest trouble seems to be targeting the right customers.

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    Jennifer says:

    I’ve been told that word of mouth is great marketing… and it is! I get most of my new clients that way. But it can be so s-l-o-w! Such a long time between doing shoot for client x and then hearing from client x’s friend. I need to find a way to create a bit more hype and buzz about my work…. I also need to find a way into my target market group (people who value photography and are prepared to invest properly in it.)

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    Jennifer says:

    I subscribe to daily updates.

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    Jennifer says:

    I am a fan on FB.

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    Dusty Gorman says:

    To offer a digital negatives or not to offer digital negatives…..ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!! HOW TO YOU BUILD A BUSINESS WHEN IT SEEMS EVERYONE WANTS THIS!

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    Jennifer says:

    I have a link under “resources” on my wordpress blog: http://jennytaylor.wordpress.com

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    Biggest struggle? For me it’s that I’ve finally figured out who I am and now I’m trying to brand myself the way I should but I have no idea how to design my products (cards, labels, etc) to match my brand and style. Need some desperate help in that department.

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    Nekane Owens says:

    My biggest struggle is knowing what I need to do to legally be a business.

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    Janice Kervin says:

    I tweeted about the contest on Twitter – @JaniceKervin

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    Janice Kervin says:

    My biggest struggle marketing my business is finding clients other than friends.

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    My biggest struggle in not being able to do photography full time is MONEY! I would LOVE to have my own studio and do photojournalism, but I’ve got to put some food on the table and find a way to buy stuff for a studio!

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    Janice Kervin says:

    I already subscribe to the Rss feed.

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    Janice Kervin says:

    I’m already a FB fan. :)

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    Janice Kervin says:

    I already follow MCP actions on Twitter. :)

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    Kim L says:

    Having enough confidence to get started! Either of these would be a great help.

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    Laura says:

    My biggest struggle right now is developing a logo, so that I can really get my branding together and consistent TO market myself better.

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    Laura says:

    Just subscribed :)

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    Laura says:

    FAN on Facebook!!

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    Wow, I would have to say getting my name out there is hard and also knowing how to price. I’m starting out and it’s tough to know if I’m going in the right direction and making the right decisions. It’s hard finding a balance to everything as well.

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    Lisa says:

    My biggest obstacle to getting started is fear – especially fear that I’ll end up being sued by someone which would have a huge financial impact. That’s what scares me most about contemplating going into business.

    Thanks for this series – such thought-provoking questions!

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    Lisa says:

    twitter follower

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    Lisa says:

    facebook fan

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    Kristin Stallings says:

    My biggest challenge is figuring out my style instead of comparing my work to others.

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    Kristin S says:

    I’m a FB fan!

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    Veronica Hudley says:

    I am just getting started and my biggest obstacle is having the confidence in photography people. I’m a very shy person and I can take hundreds of pictures of my family, but actually photographing friends, or strangers, I’m still trying to build confidence in.

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    Sarah Latham says:

    My biggest hurdle into starting is knowing when you are good enough, ˆdont want to be the just cause i have a camera im a photographer fly by night. I want to last.

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    Sarah Latham says:

    ima facebook fan

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    Sarah Latham says:

    I subscribe to your rss feed.

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    Sara Schrock says:

    I’d say my biggest struggle is marketing myself–both to people I know and people I don’t know. I’m not super confident or out-going, so I’ve got to learn to just loosen up and start mentioning what I do to people. That and finding the time to market myself…I know work of mouth is the best marketing,but I’ve got to work on getting a blog and facebook business page–I have heard those two things really help with marketing.

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    My biggest struggle is that I read and research. Read and research some more. Then finally I will apply. I feel that it’s good to do the research but I need to DO more.

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    I’m a fan on FB

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    Knowing where to start!

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    I follow MCP on twitter

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    I subscribe to RSS feed.

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    Drea says:

    My biggest obstacle is that I know nothing about marketing. I use my blog, and that´s it. I don´t have a clue how to get myselv out there, other than hoping people talk and reccomend me as a pohotgrapher.

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    My biggest obstacle to getting started is lack of confidence. The more skills I aquire though, the more confident I become.

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    Have the MCP banner on the blog!

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    biggest obstacle to getting started is financial problems and getting a degree. I was a art student attending art school in San Diego, California. But had to withdraw because i couldn’t afford pay for my schooling. Also I was unemployed because no jobs would not want me to work little hours because of the mass amount of hours i put into school.

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    Jan says:

    ALL marketing is tough for me, but I’d say I have an especially hard time at talking myself up. I need an elevator pitch.

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    Maria says:

    I love photography my biggest problem is getting started how to get clients. I have taken all the classes what now?

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    maria says:

    facebooked your link and contest

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    Rene says:

    My biggest obstacle: Analysis paralysis!

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    Elizabeth R says:

    My biggest marketing problem is reaching my target market, I live in a large metro area and there are not a lot of small shops and people are very spread out. Its hard to reach people and get my name out there. Also SEO is a big problem.

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    canadacole says:

    My biggest challenge is self-confidence. I know that most of my business will come from word of mouth and how I project myself, but I’m naturally shy and still new to the professional world and a worrier. I need to believe in myself more so that others will believe in me as well.

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    Michelle says:

    Taking pictures for years, everyone says you need to start a business but no one wants to pay, they still consider you an amature.

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    Morgan Mosiman says:

    Learning what form of marketing will be the most effective in reaching my target market.

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    Emily Troutman says:

    Pulling it all together to get started is tough – going from just a free blog to a professional blogsite is taking me forever – I feel like that will be a major step when I can launch it!

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    Danielle C says:

    Simple, one word: confidence.

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    Jasmin says:

    I moved to a new town a year ago where I knew nobody and because of my other ‘real’ job in which I have to travel a lot, this fact didn’t change a lot yet. But I tried to launch my photography business at the beginning of this year – but how without knowing anyone here despite my neighbors?
    I would love to have the opportunity to use the marketing pack to get a new start after I got so de-motivated right now.

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    Tracey says:

    My biggest obstacle is taking the plunge. I am great at helping everyone else – but myself, forget about it.

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    Tracey says:

    I follow you on twitter

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    Terri Q says:

    I’m about 5 months into my 2-year education and preparation plan. From my current perspective it seems EVERYTHING is a huge obstacle – learning all the technical aspects of digital photography, learning my own shooting style, knowing what gear I need, what props I need, how to best use Photoshop, etc. But knowing myself, the most daunting obstacle is marketing myself.

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    Tracey says:

    I’m just starting out. It’s overwhelming getting everything organized in terms of the business side. I had planned on spending a lot more time being creative, studying, and building my confidence. The marketing, business documents, pricing has had to come quickly (I’m not complaining in the least!) but I could sure use some help :) Putting together pricing packages is a struggle.

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    HeatherS says:

    I joined the Facebook Fanpage! :)

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    HeatherS says:

    My biggest challenge is that right around the time I started my photography business my husband lost his job. He is the main breadwinner, so that meant no more buying tools and sets to help me. Since I am in the very early stages it hurts to not be able to invest in extra things that would really help my business prosper.

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    Tracey says:

    Have a button on my blog: Inspire Me Photography @ http://inspireme-photography.blogspot.com/

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    My biggest struggle is having confidence in my own abilities. I’m still a beginner and do mostly food photography. I want to branch out and try new things but I’m not sure that I have the talent for it :-)

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    My biggest struggle with marketing my business is staying consistent. I get a great idea and start marketing in that direction, then something else catches my eye and I change my path. I need something that can help me focus and stay focused to get the job done. Great giveaway, Jodi! Thanks!

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    Sheri says:

    My biggest obstacle getting started with my business is having the money to start off as professional as possible. I don’t want to “play” at this. I don’t want to look like I am new at this.

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    Tracey says:

    I’m a Subscriber :)

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    Lyndee R says:

    My biggest obstacle in marketing myself is I still don’t know what my specialty is…and I don’t really know if I *want* to specialize in something. While I realize I can’t be awesome in everything, I live in such a small community, if I attempted to focus on only one category, I would probably only have one or two customers a year. Since I don’t have a target client, I really don’t ‘target’ anyone. Resulting in NO customers!!!

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    Rea says:

    My biggest problem is trying to reach a good client base. I want to do mainly high school seniors and the schools make it really hard to reach these kids. Traditional advertising is so expensive and when you are just starting that is a huge obstical. I have a strong fundamental base just need that extra help to get over this bump in the road.

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    Well to be quite honest my biggest obstical is me. I am not quite sure yet how I want to represent myself. Im not sure if I charge enough. I what to be succesful at this. I love people and I love when they love what they get. I just want to move beyond word of mouth… A place where people can find me. I have gotten beyond the jitters and just want to build up what I have done so far.

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    I’m in my first year of business, and my biggest challenges include getting my name out there through word of mouth and client referrals. Even though I have a client referral program, I haven’t yet seen any new clients come through the door as a result. I have great relationships with my current clients that have resulted in multiple sessions, but I’m struggling to get new clients beyond my current circle of Moms Club clients. I also know that Facebook would be a great marketing tool, but I’ve procrastinated on getting up my business page up.

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    I subscribed to your RSS feed.

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    I joined the MCP FB fan page.

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    Kim says:

    One of my biggest struggles is making that transition from portfolio building to charging with friends and family. So tough! This is a great series and has been helpful.

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    Vanessa Segars says:

    What is your biggest struggle marketing your business? It’s definitely time!! I just need the time to gather everything I need, create a marketing plan and materials, and then move forward from a solid foundation. Right now, though I operate functionally, I’m not as efficient as I can be.

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    Amandco says:

    My biggest struggle is getting people out there to notice my work and to pick ME!!! I want to be their FIRST choice when it comes to their photography needs.

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    Ryan says:

    My biggest struggle to starting a business is knowing where to begin.

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    Danielle says:

    my biggest struggle is just figuring out HOW to get people to my blog and site~!

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    Stefanie says:

    The sheer amount of options. The task is daunting, especially when you make mistakes and invest precious little funding in items that don’t work, don’t matter, sit wasting away on the shelf, etc. It’s really hard to figure out what materials to invest in at the different points of business growth.

    And I can’t figure out how to get my dang website to work. I am stuck on my wordpress platform, which is relatively customized but not really. It stinks!

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    Kris says:

    The biggest challenge in getting started is figuring out what to say on the different items that would be needed.

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    The biggest struggle I face in marketing is having the money to do it right. I am guilty of taking shortcuts, and it shows.
    My biggest obstacle getting started was, again, money. It takes money to make money, so building my business has been very slow for me.

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    Courtney says:

    My biggest obstacle getting started – FEAR – for sure! It’s so hard to put myself out there, because what if people hate it, what if I can’t get clients, what if, what if…

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    Setting up my brand and how to promote that. Also, the time to get everything done.

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    The hardest part is knowing how/where to start for me! I have a marketing card, business card, web & facebook page, but getting people to the pages and where to hand the cards out is an unknown for me.

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    Sharon says:

    I don’t have a business yet. I still think I need to raise my skill level before I’m ready to start charging for my services.

    Thank you so much for posting this series! It’s been incredibly inspiring and enlightening.

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    My biggest marketing challenge is that I need professional looking materials. It’s sooo hard to design them myself – I’m just not a designer and it shows.

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    Jenna says:

    My biggest marketing struggle is just knowing what to do that will be the best use of my time and money.

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    Dawn says:

    My biggest obstacle in marketing is getting over my fears and myself and just doing it. So frustrating.

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    Jenna says:

    I am a faithful reader of your blog which I subscribe to! :)

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    Jenna says:

    I am also a fan on facebook! :)

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    Leila says:

    My biggest obstacle in getting started is ME! I’m so nervous to put myself out there for my first practice/PBing shoots. Scares me to death!

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    Diane B says:

    My biggest struggle in getting started is just that – getting started! I am lost. I feel like I need some one to sit me down with a step-by-step plan that I can just check off – like a list – Number One – check, Number Two, check, etc. I have no idea what to charge for my services, what printing service to use, etc. Like I said – completely and utterly lost.

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    Jessica W. says:

    I am not in business yet, but I think my biggest obstacle right now is just figuring out what I want to photograph and what “my” style will be…I am just starting to learn!

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    My biggest struggle in marketing my business is the money and time needed to market! Right now I am going through a divorce and working two other jobs in addition to my photography business. I have sole custody of 3 children and there just doesn’t seem to be the time or money to get any marketing done! I know I am “good enough” to make it; it’s just not having the funds and time that I know I need to get there.

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    Amy Little says:

    I’ve been pretty lucky that most of my work has been from word of mouth. But what I do struggle with us the business organizational skills. I feel like if I had a guide to get it in control I could really flourish, and keep some of that hair I’ve been pulling out :)

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    My biggest struggle right now is TIME! I could always use more time!

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    I’m a subscriber!

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    Lori Lewis says:

    No business for me…yet…my biggest obstacle is being confident enough to take the plunge into “being” a photographer for strangers. Yikes!

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    Finding Balance! As a photographer you want to spend the bulk of your time doing what you are good at – taking pictures! Marketing either costs money to hire out or it’s time spent away from your camera where you could be earning income. You are used to being behind a lens, not creating marketing and advertising. Calculating the deltas and finding the right financial/time balance is daunting.

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    Amber Ricketts says:

    I’m not in business yet. I am starting to head in the right direction. I think the hardest thing is fear of failure. I had my first session to start building my portfolio and I was SO nervous but afterwards you could not pull me down from the clouds!

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    sherri says:

    My biggest obstacle is finding balance between my creative side and my business side and organizing time for both while still being the best wife and mother I can be. I just want it all! :)

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    Amber Ricketts says:

    I have a banner on my new blog at http://www.amberrickettsphotography.com

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    Amber Ricketts says:

    I am subscribed!

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    Amber Ricketts says:

    I am a Fan on FB!

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    Amber Ricketts says:

    I follow you on twitter at AmberRicketts!

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    B says:

    The biggest struggle for me, is I have been in business a long time and many things within my business have changed as well. My business materials are not consistent across the board, a little of this and a little of that. I REALLY need to streamline my materials and this appears like it would be a great opportunity for me! PLEASE HELP!

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    kristen says:

    Since I am just getting started I have to say that my biggest struggle is knowing where to start setting my prices at.

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    sherri says:

    I’m now following on Twitter!

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    kristen says:

    I am a fan on Facebook! Love MCP Actions!

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    sherri says:

    I’m a Fan on facebook!

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    i am just starting out. Marketing scares me, mostly because i’m not sure of myself…building a marketing plan and trusting in myself is the hardest part…i have to not be afraid to fail…and know in myself that i can win! loving the tools i’m finding here!

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    shared on facebook!

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    Laura says:

    Wow, great giveaway ~ I totally need a posing guide and a marketing pack. Thank you for the opportunity. My biggest struggle is building the confidence to approach people & businesses to put my name & talent out there.

    I also am a facebook fan and get your RSS Feeds

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    Laurie says:

    Have not started a business yet. My biggest obstacle is confidence and being able to choose my niche. I think I could do well with seniors but I have to first brand myself and look at how I want to market myself and what to offer for products.

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    Sabrina says:

    Definitley figuring out which marketing is best for my area is my struggle. I can’t decide if I should do mailings, newsletter, etc. So I just don’t do anything and it is really holding my business back. Just word of mouth, website and biz cards right now. I need to step it up and start making some money with my dream.

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    Amber says:

    One of my biggest struggles is the time to get my name out – I also feel disadvantages because I am a high school teacher. I don’t want to talk up my photo business to my students during the school day!

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    Sara G. says:

    I am just getting started, and would LOVE more info on how to market more appropriately!! This is such a timely giveaway and series on the blog — THANK YOU!!! ;)

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    Sara G. says:

    Became a fan on FB today!!

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    Sara G. says:

    Subscribed to the RSS feed today!! Thank you!!!

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    alisa says:

    Not underselling or giving away my time. I find I offer too many people the opertunity to be “models” in hopes they will come back to me for paid work. Or I do the whole “I will take the photos for free, you buy the prints from me.” But then I end up giving them digital images because in my mind “I’m still learning”. Ugh I need help. :-)

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    alisa says:

    I subscribed to RSS

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    alisa says:

    I “fan”/”like”‘d you on FB -yipee

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    alisa says:

    following you on twitter!

    yippee

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    alisa says:

    I need to stop giving away my photo services …. and start allowning people to pay me for what i do!

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    Kristin JOHNSON says:

    A big obstacle of mine is having confidence!

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    My husband is a college professor and so we get to know the college students really well. Some even become like part of our family. Yet these college students are where I pull from for my photography- senior pics, engagement photos and wedding. So the biggest struggle for me is money and charging someone I love to do something that I love to do.

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    Just became a fan on Facebook of MCP Actions!

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    Just blogged about the giveaway and your site on my blog!

    http://rueruephotography.blogspot.com/

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    Suscribed to the email subsciption.

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    Heather says:

    Since I’m just starting out, I think that finding those initial folks to be my clients and figuring out how to best market myself to local families….

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    Amanda H. says:

    My biggest issue in marketing is deciding who specifically I should market to. Which direction do I shift my money to.

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    Amanda H. says:

    I am a FB fan!

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    Lisa Smiley says:

    I guess my biggest obstacle is learning about the business end of it all. I love the creative side, but am a bit reluctant about the nuts and bolts and numbers! Thanks for hosting this!

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    Lisa Smiley says:

    I joined your fb page! yeah!

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    Lisa says:

    Just subscribed to your daily feed !

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    i have a button on my blog!

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    Shaylee says:

    My biggest challenge is thinking of myself as a brand rather than just a person that takes good pictures. I need to focus on marketing myself.

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    Shaylee says:

    I’m a follower on FB

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    Shaylee says:

    I’m a follower on Twitter

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    Shaylee says:

    I subscribe to your feeds

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    TristanQ says:

    I am struggling with pricing & confidence & they seem to go hand in hand!

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    Allison says:

    Bonus Entry – Subscribe to RSS Feed

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    Allison says:

    Bonus Entry – Follow on Twitter

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    Breanne says:

    My biggest struggle in marketing my business is knowing how to market myself since I’m just starting out.

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    Breanne says:

    I’m a follower on Twitter.

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    Breanne says:

    I subscribe to the feed.

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    Breanne says:

    I’m a fan on FB.

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    Breanne says:

    I retweeted the contest (@bleach226)

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    Lori Watson says:

    I think my biggest struggle is advertising. I feel like word of mouth is the best advertising out there, but getting the word out to those that are beyond my circle of family and friends is what I need the most!

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    Thauna says:

    My biggest marketing challenge is just trying to figure out the best way to get my name out there. And a little bit of fear that I’m going to do it wrong and I won’t be able to fix it. How do I break out of the friends of friends circle?

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    Thauna says:

    I am a follower on Twitter and Facebook and subscribe to the RSS feed.

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    Nicole Israel says:

    My problem is that I’m not 100% sure who to market to, or where…

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    Jennifer says:

    Confidence is my biggest obstacle to getting started in business.

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    Carrie Harvey says:

    My biggest obstacle(s) to getting started in a business are time and confidence. I’m getting ready to free up some of my time. Now, to work on that confidence thing.

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    jen says:

    I think the hardest thing is getting all the marketing materials together from designing to wording them. I’ve been trying to come up with a design I’m happy with and I love Angie Monson’s style and designs very much. :)

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    jen says:

    subscriber to the rss feed. :D

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    Elizabeth says:

    Getting myself out there!

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    Amy says:

    So far my obstacle is attracting the “right” clientelle, who value what we do as art and are worth our price!

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    Eileen says:

    My biggest problems are organization and execution. I have plenty of ideas but they aren’t organized or implemented.

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    Heidi says:

    Been a slow start… holding down another full time job while trying to get may photography up and going, and being a mom. My hardest is obviously time and organization! I’ve tried a bit of marketing, but not much success has come from it.

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    Barbara says:

    Consistency in product. Pricing after that.

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    diana says:

    hardest thing getting started??? it’s like jumping in the ocean not sure you know how to swim yet. I know you just have to jump to find out, but really? SCARY!?! :)

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    Christine Blaylock says:

    Developing talent.

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    Janete says:

    i’m not in business yet….i don’t even know WHERE/HOW to start in regards to marketing my future business!! i’m hoping to get some advise on this soon :)

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    Knowing the best way to market myself – just getting the word out and the clients in!

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    Julie says:

    It’s 2:30 am here in Kansas and this is the third night that I have been up this late agonizing over this logo. I don’t know what it is, but when I start to think about marketing and branding, my brain just turns to mush. I really want my business to reflect myself, but just how to get that out of my brain and into a logo is a mystery!!

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    Amy says:

    Time! As a mom of 3 small kids, I just do not have time to do it all!

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    Danielle says:

    My biggest struggle is pricing.

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    Allison says:

    My biggest obstacle is getting the business side set up. I would love to win the marketing set!

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    Allison says:

    I subscribe to your feed.

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    Allison says:

    I’m a fan on Facebook.

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    Noelle says:

    My biggest obstacle to getting this business off the ground is finding someone reliable and able to design a logo that will be timeless and not trendy and I have given up on friends helping out as they get busy, but now even having trouble with a logo designer who is reputable. I can’t market anything until I can have my logo and I want it to define me. Oh I am so frustrated. I think I will just order cheap cards with my name on it so I can at least have something!! I’m getting work just word of mouth but nothing that I can hand out!! Arrrggghhhh!

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    Jessica S. says:

    My biggest marketing challenge is discovering my unique brand/style and targeting my audience.

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    Juanita says:

    My biggest struggle is making it all work together. The business side has pushed me to be braver, but it also is the hardest part! I want to be professional, unique and myself all at the same time.

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    Juanita says:

    I’m a fan on facebook!

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    Steph says:

    My biggest struggle is being confident in myself…realize that I am good enough to charge the prices I need.

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    My biggest struggle is finding the time to put together marketing material. I have a full-time job in addition to this and while I have all the ideas, I just don’t have the time to implement them!

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    Steph says:

    I have the button on my blog!

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    Steph says:

    I subscribe!

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    Loreena says:

    My biggest obstacle is finding the time to pull all my ideas together and launch with everything in place

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    Tiffany says:

    My biggest struggle…HOW to market myself outside of facebook and WOM.

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    Angie Wagner says:

    money and confidence. I often sic myself out and think I am not as good as others.

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    Amber Ricketts says:

    Shared on FB!

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    Terry says:

    My biggest obstacle is time (I have a full-time job) AND feeling confident enough to charge clients a reasonable price for my work. Everyone else says my work is worth it, but I hate telling people to hand over the cash.

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    What is your biggest struggle marketing your business? Or if not in business, what your biggest obstacle to getting started?
    Not yet started. I feel like I am not prepared yet to be considered a professional, so why would they pay for pictures? It’s all psychological.

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    My biggest obstacle in making it all official, is fear of failure. How honest is that. Some days I believe, and others that nasty little fear creeps in.

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    Judy says:

    My biggest obstacle is feeling like I have so much catching up to do. At 50 years old, pet photography is going to be my second career. I wish I had started this business years ago. Right now I wish I had a larger portfolio so I can start reaching out to new clients, attending pet events in my area to promote my photography. I’m very anxious to get where I want to be.

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    Christine says:

    Following on twitter

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    Jenni Lowe says:

    The biggest obstacles I face are time and money. Time to shoot, time to edit and time to still be me as a “Mom and Wife”. Money because I always feel like I am selling myself short by what I charge for the time.

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    Emily says:

    My biggest struggle is in finding enough time to get everything done. With a 40 hour a week job, it seems like all I would be doing is working and editing pictures!

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    Emily says:

    RSS Subscriber!

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    Emily says:

    Facebook fan! :)

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    Emily says:

    Tweet, Tweet, TWITTER! I follow you there!

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    Annie says:

    My biggest struggle is being in a small town with a ton, A TON, of unprofessional photographers. They are taking photos for almost nothing. While most people figure out that you get what you pay for after the fact, those photographers still seem to be getting quite a bit of business by word of mouth based on pricing alone.

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    Annie says:

    I subscribe and follow on Twitter and FB.

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    Christi says:

    Not in business yet – My biggest struggle right now is knowing when my work is good enough to take the leap and put myself out there. I don’t want to be viewed as just another “wanna be” photographer with a good camera who thinks they can take pictures. Once I get past that, then I don’t know where to begin with marketing myself!

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    MaryAnn says:

    My biggest fear to getting started is failing and not being fully educated to ask people for money

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    Tracy A. says:

    My biggest obstacle is confidence. That’s a big one. : )

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    Katie Stutler says:

    Biggest obstacle: myself. It seems that the more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know! The world of photography is such a big world! (But exciting!)

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    Pam says:

    My biggest obstacle: Right now I think the fact that I am trying to work full time and start a business, everyone with a digital camera thinks they can be a “professional”

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    cassie says:

    My biggest obstacles in getting started are lack of confidence and lack of know-how.

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    Heather Craven says:

    There is so much competition in the city where I live. How do I stand out amongst so many other talented photographers? I need to learn how to sell myself better and establish a lasting client base.

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    Tonya says:

    Starting to market a new business on a shoe string budget. Also marketing to a larger market outside of the small town that my in-home studio is in.

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    Twyla says:

    My business is just starting. I am working hard to build my portfolio. My biggest question/challenge at the moment is transitioning from shooting for friends for free to full-fledged paying services. I don’t want to overcharge since I’m new, but I want to build my business fairly for myself and my customers.

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    Tatyana says:

    I don’t have a business, though i dream of it. My biggest obstacle is wondering whether i will have the time to invest in it, in the coming years. Take the plunge only to have to put priority on other parts of life? Will I be able to make time?

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    Tatyana says:

    forgot to mention, I’m also a FB fan :)

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    Misty Garrison says:

    Confidence. Ability to actually pull off the shot I invision in my head. And pricing.

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    Sarah says:

    I think my biggest obstacle has been thinking that I need to have everything “perfectly” in order before I begin and not knowing exactly what to do first.

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    Rach says:

    I would say finding the happy medium between selling myself short and being over-confident in my work. :-/

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    Gillian Ottaway says:

    My biggest marketing challenge is finding new clients as I go up a price bracket.

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    Aurelie says:

    I am having issues with getting my name out there and figure out my brand & pricing structure. It’s really difficult when you have no knowledge of how to do business!

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    Aurélie says:

    Already subscribing to the blog!

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    kelly says:

    My biggest issues are time and money. I am a stay at home mom of 2 boys (2 & 3). I work on my business when they go to bed, but that doesn’t leave much time. My goal is to have a steady client base by the time they are in school so I can be my “full time” job but have the flexibility for my children. AND money of course, not enough of it to do the things I’d like. (more education, good monitor….) Thanks for the contest!

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    Michelle says:

    My biggest struggle in getting started is my confidence, or lack thereof.

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    Michelle says:

    I subscribe to your feed.

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    Jennifer Campbell says:

    Facebook fan

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    Christina says:

    My biggest struggle is confidence. Even though I’ve had many successful shoots, I am always nervous. I seem to dwell on the failures.

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    Nikki Romero says:

    Hello all, I am Nikki and I am an “allthingscreativeaholic!!”
    My biggest marketing struggle is selling and pricing!!! I hate pricing, use to try to keep up with the jones’ on pricing, and it made my brain have a meltdown. I finally had to get away from that, and flow with what I “think” I have earned on a more “practical” level… I do have another obstable as well, and it is called a full time job :(.. I think if I didn’t work full time (normal hourly job) I could mentally be able to get beyond the “practical” pricing mindset and gear more towards the successful business owner mindset… Thinking about the business side of things is exhausting, but I love every aspect of the creativity part within this industry!!! I think I need guidance or a really good business manager.. HA!!!
    NOW, on the other hand I could sell your stuff like crazy, just not my own… what is up with that?
    Tootles…

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    Debbie says:

    Patience is by biggest challenge! Patience to learn, patience to build a portfolio, patience to save enough to buy my dream camera…

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    diane kinzer says:

    what your biggest obstacle to getting started? Pricing, pricing, and yes pricing.

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    andrea says:

    Having the conifidance to get started.

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    I am new to the business and the biggest struggle right now is getting started and building my portfolio. I also am learning to leave with multiple sclerosis. The good thing is I can now follow my dream.

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    TRIE says:

    biggest struggle to start….
    finding out my worth and target market
    they might seem simple….but are sooooo not. lol

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    Marta VonGrey says:

    Such a good post. I am currently trying to get a business going. Even if it’s not full-time yet I want all my ducks in a row now. My biggest struggle is trying to think of everything I really need to be legal yet look legit. I am trying to do a scaled down version of things and not be too crazy with packaging and all the extras. I know where I want it to be in the end but budget + sanity has to be balanced with that. Simple is OK for now. The rest will come. It feels like every time I think I have covered something 2 more things popped up that I need to do too. I am trying to weed out the things that truly NEED to be done to be official. Balance.

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    Ray says:

    my biggest struggle is getting the word out about my business especially when I still have to rely on my 9-5 job.

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    Nanette says:

    One of my biggest obstacles in getting starting is not knowing the best way to have my potential clients view their preview images. I see lots of photographers who give their clients passwords on their own websites so as the client can see the images. I also see several photographers who are using a third party internet company such as PHotoreflect to have their customer view their preview images and then buy directly from that third pparty…help!

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    My biggest struggle in marketing my business is worry of getting in over my head. I’m building my portfolio now and I only have time for 1 shoot a week. From the little marketing I did to get some practice session I already have more clients then I can take. Hopefully that will still be the case when I start charging for my sessions!

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    Lora says:

    my biggest obstacle has been balancing my real job with my hopeful job with my family.

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    Marla says:

    My biggest challenge is spreading the word about my new business.

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    Tanya Leshe' says:

    It seems that my biggest obstacle is the nerve to spend the money to market & to just get started.

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    Kristin says:

    My biggest obstacle in getting started is my confidence level…trying to build it up everyday, so I’m getting there, though!!

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    Kristin says:

    I subscribe to daily updates!

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    Kristin says:

    I’m a fan on FB!!

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    Kristin says:

    I’m a follower on twitter! kristin_loves

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    Lisa says:

    My biggest obstacle is a lack of confidence. I know that I can capture gorgeous portraits – but can I do it consistently? Can I bring out the beauty and essence of my clients every single time someone is in front of my lens?

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    Lisa says:

    I’m a facebook fan

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    Lisa says:

    I follow you on twitter

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    Victoria says:

    I struggle with the most effective way to invest my money in marketing and then effectively marketing to my area.

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    Amy Hoogstad says:

    Biggest struggle – reaching my target market. But I’m patient, and know I’ll get there:)

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    Amy Hoogstad says:

    I subscribe to this blog via Google Reader.

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    Amy Hoogstad says:

    I’m a facebook fan.

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    Susie says:

    The biggest marketing struggle I have? Advertising myself. I’ve gotten better at it, but it’s a definite struggle.

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    Michele says:

    my biggest struggle is building my client base and getting my name out there.

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    Lori Boynton says:

    The thing I struggle with the most is having the confidence to speak up and tell people what I do. I’m getting more confident as I continue to work on my photography skills, but still a work in progress:)

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    Jenni L says:

    My biggest obstacle is knowing where is the most effective place to market and what places should I put my money to market.

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    Christie says:

    My biggest obstacle is time! As a stay at home mom I just don’t have the hours in the day to devote to opening my own business.

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    Christie says:

    And I am a subscriber!

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    Serena says:

    I’m just starting out and bought a bunch of MOO mini cards to get my name out… but now where do I put them/get them into potential clients’ hands!?

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    Pam D says:

    Biggest obstacle to getting started is… believing in me. I’m afraid that I won’t do a great job, so I make excuses…

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    Pam D says:

    posted to Twitter and Facebook!

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    Pam D says:

    I have your banner on my blogger blog…

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    Pam D says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed…

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    Pam D says:

    I am a Facebook fan…

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    Pam D says:

    I’m a Twitter follower….

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    Jessica says:

    My biggest obstacle is “what am I worth?” Knowing that I am just beginning and wanting to grow my clientele but also wanting make sure I am not selling myself short.

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    Jessica says:

    I posted this on FB

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    Dominique says:

    My biggest obstacle is ME!!!!! I am it!!!!! I could go into detail and blather on and on, but it still all boils down to me! That’s all.

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    Vicki Putnam says:

    My biggest struggle is finding the extra money to invest in branding for my business.

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    Vick Putnam says:

    I follow MCP on twitter.

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    Vicki Putnam says:

    I am a fan of MCP on Facebook.

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    Vicki Putnam says:

    I subscribe to the daily updates.

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    April W says:

    My biggest struggle with marketing my business is MONEY and the lack of it.

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    April W says:

    I subscribe to your reader in bloglines

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    April W says:

    I am a fan on Facebook

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    I follow you on twitter

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    Jeanine says:

    Definitely having confidence in my abilities. It keeps me from jumping in with both feet because of fear that I’m “not good enough” to do this as a profession. I fear disappointing a client.

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    Starr Crocker says:

    I am not sure where to start, or what to do to market.

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    Michelle says:

    I am facing two current obstacles. The first is overcoming the stereotyping that comes with having a business based out of your home. Many view this as a hobby not a full fledged business. The second obstacle is nailing down how I want to present myself with my website and who do you intrust your website to be created by.

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    My biggest struggle in marketing is in getting started too! I haven’t done any and I don’t even know where to start. I’m like some of the other commenters in that I am not comfortable selling myself.

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    jen says:

    i am not in business yet, but my biggest obstacle right now is finding the time to practice all i read/learn.

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    I just started and took the BIG LEAP into the world of photography that I love so much, and it’s successful, thus far. BUT…I don’t know what I am doing in terms of how to market my talent, just kinda guessing at it all. So my biggest problem is lack of know-how.

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    Malinder says:

    My biggest obstacle is building a portfolio in a foreign country, where I do not know many people

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    Carly says:

    I retweeted

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    Carly says:

    My biggest obstacle in getting started is having no budget, but trying to market a business in a swamped market.

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    Carly says:

    I subscribe to the RSS feed.

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    Carly says:

    I follow on FB

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    Carly says:

    I follow on Twitter

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    Kelly says:

    My biggest struggle is figuring out the best use of my resources. One day I’m gung ho for a new lens, the next I want to spend all my money on marketing materials, or mentorship, the next I decide I need to buy (and learn) Photoshop! When I first started out I thought – I already have the camera, this should be a fairly inexpensive career opportunity… Boy was I wrong.

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    Jeannie says:

    My biggest struggle has been finding qualified clients and selling myself.

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    Johanna Burleson says:

    All the stuff you have to get done!! That is what is hindering me from starting. I don’t just want to half start. I know there is so much I want to have in place. And all of it makes me nervous.

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    Jessica says:

    I subscribe to this awesome blog!

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    Dawn says:

    Self promotion

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    Dawn says:

    rss subscriber

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    Dawn says:

    facebook fan :)

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    Dawn says:

    following on twitter!

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    My biggest marketing struggle is knowing where to find my client market and how to best use the little funds I have to tap into it.

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    Melissa says:

    My biggest obstacle is the funds to get started, and confidence to put myself out there.

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    Anneli says:

    My biggest obstacle in getting started is confidence.

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    Kai says:

    Fan on FB, too.

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    Melissa says:

    My biggest obstacle is just getting organized to launch my business.

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    Rhonda says:

    I’m not even sure where to begin when it comes to marketing.

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    Rhonda says:

    I receive the RSS feed in Google reader

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    Rhonda says:

    I’m an MCP facebook fan

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    Rhonda says:

    I follow MCP on twitter

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    Rhonda says:

    I tweeted about the contests (epicrhonda)

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    Lisa says:

    My biggest obstacle in getting started is most definitely the balance between work & my family!

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    tiffany h says:

    I am just starting up my business and the biggest obstacles are figuring out design issues like logo and web design. Also how to market myself that I can create a client base.

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    Jill Heupel says:

    Not terribly comfortable chit-chatting with new people, and this makes getting someone new comfortable with hiring me a task…

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    Sarah S says:

    My biggest challenge is making new connections w/ my marketing

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    Sarah S says:

    RSS subscriber

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    Sarah S says:

    FB fan

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    Sarah S says:

    twitter follower – username pinkfrogpress

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    Sarah S says:

    twitter follower

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    cindy arthur says:

    Probably not knowing how to price my work yet… I don’t want to charge too much and lose clients, but want to make sure I’m getting paid for my time…

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    cindy arthur says:

    I am a subscriber to the RSS feed!

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    My area is small…lots of retired folks…but, within an hour in each direction I have three major cities (at least in my area’s standards)…how to market to each, which are very different???

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    The biggest obstacle in marketing my business is developing a disciplined marketing strategy and staying with it.

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    Gina says:

    My biggest struggle is getting myself to stand out from the crowd when I am not an “out there” type of person. I really need some marketing tips for introverts, LOL! I miss opportunities to hand out my business card or get contact information because it feels too awkward.

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    Molly Braun says:

    Just embarking on this photo biz journey. Though I want to jump in with both feet (and then some…), my fear is taking on too much at once. Not slowly pacing myself for quality and not quantity.

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    Sym says:

    Just the idea of having to “sell yourself” is always difficult.

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    rani shah says:

    My biggest struggle in getting started is finding my market/niche. HOw do I narrow it down…and should I narrow down my market? Or go for a more broader subject matter?

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    My biggest struggle is knowing where to market myself.

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    I’m a fan on facebook.

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    I’m a follower on twitter.

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    wendy says:

    im scared to start charging people…i have “friends” lined up for their free shoots…i am new.

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    Amy says:

    Confidence.

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    Amy says:

    I subscribe, am a fan and follow (sydlovesfrisbee)

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    my biggest struggle with marketing is learning to decide who my target client is, sticking to it, and reaching them. I tend to try to please everyone and then end up over loadedand working harder to create marketing to target all these subgroups!

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    Patti says:

    Blogging!!!!!! It always seems so witty in my head….. never translates.

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    My biggest marketing challenge is getting my name out there. My clients always come back, but it’s hard to get new ones coming in.

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    Michellle says:

    The biggest obstacle to getting started is confidence in myself along with education and training.

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    Angie says:

    My biggest struggle is deciding who I want my target market to be. On one hand I want to offer high end products, but I also want to be affordable to moms who want great quality photos.

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    Andrea Lopez says:

    I definitely struggle with the advertisement aspect. I have business cards, but that’s not enough. Having a marketing pack would be AWESOME. I’ve also thought that the posing guide would be great…sometimes I feel like I’m all out of poses. :)

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    carrie says:

    Confidence!

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    carrie says:

    fb fan

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    Nichole says:

    My biggest struggle with marketing would be probably pricing and putting value to my work, as a fairly new/naive photographer I think I under priced and hope I can recover

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    Tracy Y.H. says:

    My biggest obstacle to getting started is finding a balance between family life and working on my home…. deciding how many clients to shoot in a week etc. to ensure I still enjoy what I do and don’t lose my love for photography in the process.

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    Marla Misclevitz says:

    Fan on Facebook

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    Heather R says:

    Biggest struggle marketing is knowing the best way how, all I do now I Facebook

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    Gwen says:

    I’m not in business yet … and my biggest obstacle why I’m not is because the idea of writing a business plan torments me. I don’t believe I should make the leap until I have my plan, and I’m frozen when it comes to writing it. I think I’m ready, once I overcome that paralysis.

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    Becca says:

    I just started my business and the biggest hurdle so far has been getting those first clients and really getting my name out there.

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    Susan Cohen says:

    I don’t know where to begin — I feel overwhelmed in developing a marketing plan.

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    Aryn Fenton says:

    I think my biggest prob in marketing…is I’m just unsure how to really go about it. I think if I could figure that out…then I’d be doing better…I’m also a MCP FB fan, RSS subscriber and MCP Twitter Follower!

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    Donna Beck says:

    My biggest stuggle is a marketing plan – I don’t know where to begin!

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    Natalie says:

    My biggest obstacle is getting new clients.

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    Michelle Schwingler says:

    My biggest struggle is knowing who to market to and getting people to follow up when they say they want to book a session.

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    sue says:

    I need to learn to how to market myself better. Need to get more customers! Many say they want to schedule appt, but don’t follow through. How to not be pushy but get the appt?

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    misty Jones says:

    Time is my biggest obstacle! I have two small children and my business took off a lot sooner then I expected it too and I find that when I come into the quieter months that I just want to do nothing because I am worn out from the busier months! :)

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    kcraft says:

    hmmmm where to start …no really where to start with marketing

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    julie says:

    staying on top of my marketing, getting it out early enough to market it properly. Being in my first year, I also have trouble getting sets/scenes together for my limited edition specialty sets to market them in advance.

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    susan says:

    My biggest struggle is discovering who i am…Branding myself! I knew who i was before kids but now i feel like a mom, trying to get back to who she was… how do i want to present myself in the business world.

    Also a fan on facebook!!

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    Stacey Haslem says:

    My biggest obstacle in getting started is time and family (4 kids). I want to be there for my kids. Its hard having time to learn all that I need to and put it into practice all the while meeting their needs.

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    My biggest obstacles are lack of money and lack of ideas.

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    My biggest struggle is charging my full prices and coming up with prices and packages.

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    Kelly says:

    My biggest marketing issue is having to move constantly. My husband is an officer in the Army + we move all the time, lately on average every 6 months! It’s so hard to build up my reputation + if we stay some place ‘long’ (more than 6 months), I have to leave by the time the word of mouth clients come calling. IT IS SO FRUSTRATING!

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    Kelly says:

    I am a liker on Facebook!

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    Kelly says:

    Also a follower on Twitter!

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    What is your biggest struggle marketing your business?
    Money and the time to research what will work best and the time to put together good marketing campaigns.

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    C Marie says:

    My biggest struggle is deciding what marketing techniques will be useful and which are a waste of money.

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    C Marie says:

    Tweeted: @catinamarie123

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    Biggest struggles are pricing and getting my name out there in the community to compete for business with other more well known photographers…

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    I’m a FB Fan =)

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    I follow on Twitter =)

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    I subscribe to your feed and newsletter =)

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    Katrina says:

    My biggest obstacle getting started is getting myself organized and really knowing where to begin!

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    Laura says:

    My biggest struggle with marketing is deciding where to spend my dollars for the best return on investment.

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    Katrina says:

    I subscribe via Google Reader

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    Katrina says:

    I’m a FB fan (Katrina Grace Sevin)

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    Lindsay says:

    I’m a facebook fan!

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    Katrina says:

    I follow on twitter (katrinasevin)

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    My biggest obstacle is that we moved across the country (MT to FL and I know no one here. My built in networking system is removed and I’m having some trouble restarting things! This blog series has been awesome for reboosting my get up and go!

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    Posted on FB profile

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    Roxy says:

    My biggest marketing obstacle is finding the right kind of clients. The ones who not only can afford to go somewhere other than a chain, but know and appreciate the difference.

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    my biggest obstacle with marketing is what will set me apart from the rest as the photographer of choice for future clients? Word of mouth? The picture(s) i use to advertise? who i am as a photographer?

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    Juanita says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed!

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    Susanne says:

    My biggest obstacle is confidence in myself and my work. I doubt myself and wonder if my work is where it needs to be to go pro.

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    Rachael B says:

    Figuring out when to dive in and what I’m worth

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    Rachael B says:

    Twitter follower

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    Tera says:

    My biggest struggle is print materials. Big time!

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    My biggest struggle in marketing my business is the cost; I lack the necessary funds to get into any print advertising and am having to rely on word of mouth – not that word of mouth isn’t working! :-) Just isn’t working as well as I need it to.

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    Tera says:

    Twitter follower

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    Tera says:

    FB Fan! :)

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    Tera says:

    Got the RSS feed!

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    My biggest struggle is delegating my time evenly amongst business and work time and personal time.

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    Anna Sawin says:

    I think the biggest obstacle is having the time to do it all right at the same time–same look, quality of pieces, etc.

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    Lindsay says:

    My biggest trouble marketing is getting started! I don’t know how to market, what audience to market or where the best first step would be.

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    Joel Locaylocay says:

    I haven’t started a business yet. I believe what has kept me from getting started is figuring out the details on the business end (ex. pricing).

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    Sandra Finch says:

    Never having enough hours in the day, lol … I work full-time as well, so finding a balance between marketing effectively, yet not too aggressively so that I become overwhelmed and unable to service the clientele …

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    Sandra Finch says:

    I’m a facebook fan too!! LOVE MCP Actions!

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