12 ways to book new clients and customers in a slow economy

June 27, 2023

12 best ways to money proof your business in a slower season. Orlando Brand Photographer | The Branded Boss Lady

My top twelve best ways to money proof your business in a slower season.

Hey there, fellow entrepreneur! Are you feeling the slowdown blues due to our lovely economy? Don’t fret, my friend—I’m here to sprinkle some enthusiasm and help you navigate this challenging terrain. You see, as a seasoned brand photographer with a 14-year journey, I’ve ridden the waves of business trends—up, down, and even sideways! So trust me when I say, I’ve got your back and some pretty amazing tips to get your business groove back on track. Buckle up, ’cause we’re about to embark on a fun ride of creative thinking and opportunity exploration!

It is essential to think outside the box and explore new avenues to create business opportunities in these times. Here are my 12 tips you can try to generate new business:

  1. Diversify your services: Consider expanding your offerings beyond what you do now. Identify complementary services or solutions that can benefit your existing clients or attract new ones.
  2. Collaborate with other professionals: Partner with other service providers that make sense to your clients. By combining your services, you can provide clients with a one-stop solution for their needs.
  3. Leverage existing client relationships and be proactive: Reach out to your current clients to explore additional ways you can support their businesses. They may have new challenges or needs that you can address. This leads to opportunities or referrals to other businesses in their network. Make sure you are providing exceptional customer service at every touchpoint. Be responsive, attentive, and proactive in addressing your clients’ concerns or questions. Exceptional service fosters loyalty, referrals, and positive word-of-mouth.
  4. Target new industries or niches: Explore businesses that are thriving despite the economic slowdown. Research industries such as e-commerce, wellness and beauty, or technology, and position your services to cater specifically to their needs.
  5. Building value with your offerings: Don’t feel like you need to offer discounted services or promotions. I am actually a bit anti-discount because I believe you are worth what you charge and your clients will know this. BUT, during a slow down businesses and clients may be more cost-conscious with their spending. This is a great space to get creative with your offerings and make your services more attractive. For example adding 5-10 additional images to your sessions if you are a photographer. Adding in extra time that you are spending with your client. Provide personalized and tailored solutions that you can help with that align with your clients’ unique needs.
  6. Build and expand your online presence: Strengthen your online presence through a website and social media platforms. Share your portfolio, client testimonials, behind-the-scenes content to showcase your expertise and share your process this will help attract potential clients. HELLO BRAND PHOTO SESSION!!!

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7.Attend networking events and conferences: Girl, I love being a hermit too but now is not the time! Think about attending industry-specific events and conferences to meet potential clients and establish connections. Networking can lead to referrals and collaborations, helping you expand your client base. Or better yet, create your own event. You can invite potential clients or others in your same industry. this is a great way to talk through solutions and share ideas with others in the same boat as you.

8.Offer workshops or training: Leverage your expertise by hosting workshops or training sessions on what you do best. This can attract aspiring professionals in your line of work and maybe open up the door to an entire new business in coaching or mentoring.

9.Develop strategic partnerships: Collaborate with complementary businesses. For example in my business it would makes sense to partner with PR agencies, brand designers, website or graphic designer, to cross-promote each other’s services. This can increase your visibility as well as theirs and reach a broader audience. This is a great symbiotic relationship!

10.Create valuable content: Establish yourself as a thought leader in your space by creating informative and inspiring content. Blog more, create video tutorials on how you do what you do, or offer free resources that demonstrate your expertise and build trust with potential clients.

11.Offer strategic recommendations: Rather than simply providing a service, offer strategic recommendations or suggestions that can help clients achieve their business goals. This demonstrates your expertise and shows that you are invested in their success.

12.Offer flexible payment terms or financing options: Understand that cash flow can be a challenge for businesses during an economic slowdown. Consider offering flexible payment terms. Also try installment plans, or financing options. This will help ease the financial burden for potential clients and make your services more accessible. Remember…just say no to the discounted services.

By focusing on adding value, personalized solutions, and exceptional customer experience, you can differentiate your business and attract clients even without offering discounts. The key is to understand your clients’ needs and creatively tailor your offerings to meet and exceed their expectations. By consistently delivering exceptional value and a one of a kind service you can differentiate your business and foster long-term success.You GOT THIS and I am cheering you on!

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