I have an update on in-person delivery for my photography business. For those in Calgary and area, if you’d like me to deliver your CD/DVD or prints to your home or place of business, and you’re paying me at the time of delivery, you now don’t have to worry about not having wifi. I now have the ability to process the payment without the need for wifi, although if you do have wifi, allowing me to log into it would still be very much appreciated.
Some of you may be a little confused about my “in-person delivery” method for Calgary-area clients when it comes to the CD/DVD that I include as part of my photography services, or any other items that you may have requested from me. Just to clarify, “in-person delivery” doesn’t just mean that I go to your house or place of business to deliver the items. It can also mean that we meet somewhere so that I can get your items to you, and it also means that you can pick up your order from me at my house (since most of you are probably aware by now that I work from home). So, if you decide to have the “in-person delivery” being pickup, and you’re going to be paying me via debit or credit card, then you don’t have to worry about me needing to log into your wifi to process credit and debit card payment because I already have wifi at home. If you want the “in-person delivery” to be a mutually-agreed-to place, and debit or credit card is your method of payment, if that place has public wifi I’d be logging into that to process the card payment.
I hope this clarifies things for you. If you need more information, don’t hesitate to contact me, and I’ll do my best to explain things further.
As all of you are already aware, when my photography business gets up and running, I will be accepting credit card payments. However, now the payments will no longer only be accepted via the invoices I send through my accounting software (by the way, I’m changing my accounting software. More on that in the next post). I now have an Android Tablet and a Square Reader, meaning that I can accept credit card payments in person. That means that if you or someone you know wants to book me as your photographer for your wedding, event, or session, and you prefer to pay for your retainer fees or the remaining balance owed in person, you just need to tell me, and I’ll show up with my tablet, Square Reader, and stylus, and the payment will get processed that way. The reason for me having a stylus is because in order to accept payments, I’ll need your signature, and the stylus is easier and simpler for the purpose of signing on a touchscreen (as all of you with tablets already know). Of course, if you decide to book me as your photographer when we initially meet, and you don’t have your cheque book or enough cash with you, I’ll have my tablet, Square Reader, and stylus with me anyway, so you don’t have to panic.
But, there is a caveat. I’ll only accept in-person payments for people and businesses located in the Calgary area, including a driving radius that contains Cochrane, High River, Strathmore, and Airdrie. Otherwise, if you or someone you know lives outside of that area, and you want to pay me via credit card, then those payments will only be accepted via the invoices sent. Also, if I happen to be coming to your home or place of business in order to process the credit card payment, I’d really appreciate it if you allowed me to log in to your wifi (if you have such a connection) so that the payment gets processed right away, instead of me having to wait until I get home. It also guarantees that you get your payment receipt right away, rather than having to wait a while for it.
I’d really appreciate it if you would forward this post to everyone you know, and help me out in getting this photography business off the ground.
If you, or someone you know, is looking for a photographer, I just wanted to let you know that I accept credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express). If the preferred method of payment is credit card, it mostly will be done via the invoices that I send (there is a link in the invoice that connects to the payment site). There are some cases where I can do the charge manually, where the client fills out an authorization form and signs it, and then I go into my accounting system and enter in the payment. For more information about this, you can ask me.