If you’re a photographer, you are a very busy person. You may be running your business from home, which means you are even busier. Maybe you’re wearing the photographer hat and the homemaker hat. If this is the case, you could certainly use some help.
A virtual receptionist can provide the help you need. This person can free up your time to get back to snapping pictures, editing images and fulfilling orders. You have so many business tasks to handle, so it’s important to outsource some of the things you don’t need to do. Here’s a look at how a virtual receptionist can benefit your photography business.
Provides You with More Time
When you turn over your incoming calls to a virtual receptionist, you won’t have to worry about distractions. You can get deep into a long editing session and never be interrupted. No longer will you have to stop what you are doing for a client with a basic question or a client looking to schedule an appointment.
Instead, you can edit away, while your virtual receptionist handles the calls. This allows you to do anything you need without being interrupted. For some, a virtual receptionist can give them back more than 5 hours per week.
You may have already considered hiring an assistant to answer your calls, help with shoots and handle other tasks. If the main reason you want an assistant is for handling calls and setting appointments, then a virtual receptionist is a more cost-effective choice.
An actual assistant will cost you between $25K and $40K per year. However, a virtual receptionist might only cost you $100 per month, depending on your call volume. Even with a very high call volume, they will only run you a few hundred dollars each month. This is a huge savings to put a professional in charge of your phone answering and appointment scheduling.
Ability to Make your Business Seem Larger
When you answer the phone and simply say “Hello” because it’s both your business and personal phone, you seem like a one person operation. This may seem okay because you are a one person operation, but it doesn’t always make it easy to build trust with clients.
After you hire a virtual receptionist service, you will have a better business image. They will answer the phone as a representative of your business since no personal calls will be going to your new receptionist.
This allows you to know when a business call is coming in and when a personal call is coming in. Since any call transferred from your virtual receptionist will come from a number you will know, you can tell it’s business related. This will only happen when you have instructed your VR to forward specific calls or when the questions are the type they cannot handle.
For a photography business, a virtual receptionist makes perfect sense. You probably have a ton of competition as more people are running this type of business from home. Adding a virtual receptionist will give you a better image, provide a cost-effective solution to your phone answering needs and give you more time back in each week. It’s an easy decision to make if you want your business to grow.