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Going Pro Update – Three Years In! (Podcast 383)

It's just coming up to three years since I incorporated Martin Bailey Photography K.K. so today I update you on how things are going, what adjustments I've made to my business model, how things are shaping up, and a little bit about how I see us proceeding over the next...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Mark Sippola
    Posted at 01:45h, 14 August Reply

    Thanks for giving us an honest and introspective update on the business Martin.
    As a business person, I am always interested to get someone elses perspective on their own journey regardless of what type of business it happens to be.
    The issues and challenges seem to be the same for all business owners.
    Work/life balance, growth, strategy, planning, trouble shooting etc

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:19h, 15 August Reply

      You’re welcome Mark. Thanks for the suggestion of the topic. See you soon in Iceland!

  • Nick Nieto
    Posted at 05:18h, 14 August Reply

    Martin – I really enjoyed this episode of the Podcast. Thanks for sharing. If you ever need any additional help I would be happy to volunteer some of my time.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:21h, 15 August Reply

      Glad you enjoyed this Nick. Thanks for the offer of help too. Hey, how about dropping me a line via the contact form above, listing some of the things you are good at? I don’t need a resume or anything, but I’ll keep you in mind as tasks need working through. I really appreciate it.

  • Bruce Leventhal
    Posted at 09:31h, 14 August Reply

    Congratulations on your third year as a full time professional nature photographer. While I have not been a frequent commenter, I have followed your progress throughout the years, enjoyed your podcast and loved the work that you do.

    Love of work is so important and fulfilling in life. Like you, I consider myself one of the lucky ones. As a biology educator, I have the pleasure to craft minds and use my income to pursue my passion for nature and conservation photography.
    I sincerely hope to be able to join you on a February morning in a Winterland tour, but until I retire it is likely that I’ll just have to follow you from afar.

    Best of luck and may you have many more successful years in the business!
    Oh, and before I forget… thanks for the 10% coupon w/ SquareSpace… their interface was a huge upgrade from what I was using in the past.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:26h, 15 August Reply

      Thanks Bruce!

      Yes, the balance has been important, and will continue to be, to ensure that the business is sustainable. Congratulations on creating your balance.

      It would be great to see you in Japan at some point. As long as nothing untowards happens, the tour should still be around when you are ready for it.

      You’re welcome on the SquareSpace code too. I’m glad it helped.


  • Al Woodcock
    Posted at 09:10h, 21 August Reply

    I was thinking just last week that we had not had a business report from you in some time and meant to ask for one. I have followed your progress with much interest and admiration. One thing you did not mention was you social media efforts including TWIP and probably other podcasts I do not follow. These take a lot of time and you must feel they are worth it. I was glad to hear that your wife was part of your business and hope this leads to a happy relationship.

    The best in the next three years and beyond.


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 14:27h, 21 August Reply

      Hi Al,

      Thanks for following my progress! I don’t spend a lot of time on social media, such as Twitter and G+, although I like to use this services, so do so when I have some time. When I’m busy, I turn them off and leave them off until I come up for air. It’s important to me, but not that important.

      TWiP is very much worth doing, but it doesn’t take much time at all really, compared to my own Podcast. It’s just a case of reading the show notes before hand, making a few notes about what I might say if I’m likely to forget, and then the time it takes to record. Many people find me through TWiP, so it’s a good return on time investment.

      My wife has been through a few phases. The first one was frustration, because the money didn’t come in as fast as she’d hoped. Now we are staying afloat though, she’s happier. She’s never been less than 100% supportive though, bless ‘er.

      Thanks for the well wishes. I hope to be here in three more years having a similar conversation.

      All the best to you too!


  • Paul C
    Posted at 15:38h, 30 August Reply

    Great podcast Martin. So open and honest I found it very interesting.

    Keep up the great work. Hope to see you on one of your tours sometime.


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 01:43h, 06 September Reply

      Thanks Paul! I’m pleased you enjoyed it. It would be great to see you on a tour one day too!

  • Eamon
    Posted at 23:01h, 13 September Reply

    Just listened to the podcast today… very good and interesting. I’ve been following your site for a while now and am enjoying your journey. Thanks for your honest sharing and good luck with the future. Thanks.

  • dipakphotography
    Posted at 17:43h, 27 July Reply

    I just finished listening to this episode of the podcast and found it very helpful. I wish you all the best and have no doubt that you will be successful. Looking forward to see you in person one day.


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