Just like anything else, remote photo organizing isn’t for everyone. There are some factors that make it pretty obvious whether or not it’s for you, so lets take a look at some of those.
Geographical factor: If you live in an area where your target market is not readily available, or in insufficient quantity, then remote services is something you should seriously consider.
Client need/demand factor: What type of clients do you prefer to work with? There are definitely clients that are more drawn and open to remote services. Just like remote service are not for all photo organizers, it is not for all clients. And there is nothing wrong with that. Onsite is not better than remote, nor remote better than onsite. They are just different and each is right for the right client-technology-photo organizer combination.
Technological comfort factor: You will likely be working with a lot of digital photos and digital files. You will therefore be happiest if you are comfortable with moderate to advanced technology. This is about your comfort level. The knowledge is a separate factor.
Technological knowledge factor: You will need to know or be willing to learn, software programs and hardware equipment. There are many resources to help you. You just have to be willing and able to learn, understanding that the learning never ends.
Financial factor: There is definitely an investment involved when doing remote services, especially when starting out. That investment includes time and money. Time to learn remote methods and practices and money to buy the software and hardware needed.
Risk Aversion factor: You need to be willing to work with a client’s digital files and even their hardware often times. And you need to be willing to do so when the client isn’t in the same room as you.
Detective & Patience factor: You will be required to organize a person’s photos without having the benefit of them telling you the who, what, when and where.
Personal Warmth factor: Can you break through the barrier of long distance to communicate care and excitement to your client? Are you happy with that? Or do you need face-to-face interaction to express and nurture the connection?
Computer Companion factor: You will spend many hours in front of your computer, doing very detailed work. Do you find this satisfying and dare I say exhilarating?
Creative Problem solver factor: Are you able to take a problem and find solutions based on the data you have, instead of trying to make the problem fit the solutions you already have?
Organization and Systems factor: These are important for any type of photo organizing service, but they are critical for remote services. They are directly tied to building trust with your client and when it comes to remote services, trust is everything. You will need to have systems and processes in place that demonstrate consistency in professionalism, quality and overall client experience.
Communication factor: Everything communicates. Therefore when it comes to remote services it is required that you have the ability and willingness to proactively communicate to your client throughout the project. This also includes having solid assessments, plan of action and contract.
Bias for Action factor: You will not have the client next to you to make sure you are doing what you promised. Therefore you must have an innate, or otherwise attained, bias for action! You are accountable to yourself always, but especially when doing remote services. So when in doubt, your policy is best to have a bias for action, always.
You might look at these factors and say that many, if not all, are present for onsite services too, especially when working with digital photos. And you would be correct. However, it is important to recognize that these factors are magnified in remote services. And therefore the key is mostly a matter of finding your sweet spot.
Keep it simple… Keep it Remote!