The purpose of this blog post is to keep clients informed of my status during the Covid-19 crisis, should they need to know.
I’ll be keeping in direct touch with current clients only as required since I know they’ll all be scrabbling to keep their operations afloat.
This post will be linked from my Home page to keep visitors to the site informed.
Any updates to my status or activities will be posted at the foot of this article, preceded with a date to ensure clarity.
In broad terms, I can tell you that my current status is ok. I am solvent (improved by forthcoming government assistance for the self-employed) and I am fit and well as I practice social distancing and keep journeys to a minimum.
My diary has emptied of advance bookings for at least the next two months. Normally I would also be picking up last-minute work, but of course that is also currently impossible. I want to be as fair as possible with my clients so I propose the following:
- Any bookings which coincide with a lockdown period can be postponed for a future date without any surcharges.
- Any bookings which have to be cancelled entirely may incur a fee, however this will be discussed with the client to find the best solution for a positive outcome.
I have a plan to keep busy, starting with a programme of website updates, tweaks and improvements.
I’ve already brought my accounts up-to-date (sorting my sock drawer is next!) and my fine art print site takeagander.co.uk is also replete with the latest images. Sadly my print supplier has had to close temporarily, so although I can still take print orders, I won’t be able to fulfil them until the printer can re-open. Updates on that are more likely to be found on the takeagander website.
To my clients:
I want to assure all my clients that I have every intention of still being here for them when this is all over. Luckily I had already completed a programme of reducing overheads in the final quarter of 2019, which basically means I have no office rent or associated costs around my neck right now.
All my subscriptions continue to be covered, including for Photoshelter, which means all my client galleries should continue to be secure and accessible at all times. If you experience any problems with your gallery, let me know and I’ll be happy to help.
Anyone requiring help:
I remain open to enquiries, even if they cannot be confirmed bookings at this time. If you have a question I can help with, or you want to start an early conversation about a potential future project, I’ll be delighted to hear from you. If you just need to hear a voice other than your own, call me.
That’s all for now folks. Keep safe, keep well. I can’t wait to work with you again soon.
2nd April 2020 – My main task this week has been to make tweaks to the website, some minor and others more involved. Due to a server issue on Monday/Tuesday progress was slow, but I’m glad to say everything is back to normal and I’ve done most of what I intended to complete.
This has included:
- Writing this blog post, then ensuring there is a link to it directly from the home page.
- Updating the Personal Projects galleries, making them smaller, more manageable and improving ease of navigation to them.
- Updating the Business Portraits, Corporate Communications and Editorial + PR galleries with fresh content.
- Re-writing the text for all the galleries.
- Back-end tidying of the site structure. Whether this has any discernible effect is up for debate.
- Re-jigging the About Me page with refreshed text and links to Testimonials and takeagander.co.uk
- A tweak to my fees to help build a stronger business for the future.
I still need to work through my T&Cs and find a place to display my lovely, shiny GDPR certificate, but this week really has seen impressive progress.
I almost forgot to mention, my image archiving catalogue is also now bang up to date with the last couple of months’ jobs. A rarity indeed.
3rd April 2020 – Yesterday morning felt like four hours of shovelling pixels as I made adjustments to my website. So I spent the afternoon shovelling compost as we work to improve our veg-growing capacity at home. I’m so grateful to have a garden, something so many people don’t have.
Most of today will be spent freshening up my LinkedIn profile page, then it’s back to the website to make some additional changes and improvements.
Back again! I’ve spent the entire morning freshening up my LinkedIn profile, though I’m sure there is more I could do. I’ve also improved access to my GDPR statement and certificate on my website.
I might head back out to the garden for the next couple of hours before my backside fuses to my chair.