We've compiled 6 items that can each be done in under 5 minutes that will not only boost your business but engage your audience, gain new followers, and push you forward in your entrepreneurial goals.
1: Take an Original Photo
We're not talking an award winner but a photo that is authentic to you, your business, or a personal goal. Post that photo on social media. But it's more than just posting make sure you use appropriate hashtags that not only attract your ideal client but also gain the attention of fellow creatives in your field.
2: Email Vendors & Thank Them
Have you worked with a vendor recently? A wedding planner, florist, or calligrapher? Tag that business in a photo you took of them or your collaboration and publicly thank them. These vendors may even repost your photo or recommend you in the future so it's always a good to create positive and lasting impressions. It will benefit your business for years to come.
3: Reach Out To Someone You'd Love to Network With
What's the harm in sending an email? I've personally connected with a dozen or so photographers and other creatives in the the area that I would have never otherwise met.
It's these little messages that can ultimately lead to great friendships, collaborations, and maybe even referrals to grow my business in a new market. These same principals remain true when you're establishing your business.
4: Ask for a Review
You worked for your clients, now get them to do a little something for you. Send your clients emails with links for them to leave you a review. Reviews are a MAJOR selling point on peer-to-peer sites, wedding sites like WeddingWire or The Knot, and even Etsy. Reviews can really influence your customers so make sure you to reach out to the clients who have had favorable experiences.
5: Drop a Business Card
Carry business cards with you everywhere you go. I can't tell you how many times I've been at an event and overheard someone ask about a wedding photographer, family photographer, or even event coverage. I've also handed out my friends business cards. Dropping a card to someone and introducing yourself goes a long way, and it shows your prepared no matter where you are. Even in the virtual world, if someone is looking for a recommendation throw your name out there. This is a great way to gain exposure of a new market and meet new people.
6: Take a Break
On occasion its helpful to take a step back, take a breather, and relax. Some of my greatest brainstorming ideas have come from driving in the car and trying NOT to think about work. Just like a machine, your brain and work ethic can suffer from overproduction and occasionally needs a little reboot. Don't neglect yourself.
There you go! These are some quick and easy ideas of how to build your business in under 5 minutes. What are some of your 5 minute challenges you'd like us to incorporate into the list? We'd love to hear from you. Leave us a comment below.