business mentoring

Join us for your fully customizable business mentoring experience taught by Emily of Diamondview Photography and Melissa of Melissa Kew Photography!

Both studios have been runnning successfully for over 6 and 7 years thanks to the education and practical skills that Melissa and Emily have each gained throughout the last 10 years.  This mentoring experience will be based on their business knowledge and running their respective studios.  Emily was the Manager of Business Operations with a successful printing company before she decided to operate her studio full time; and, Melissa is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) with over 10 years business and accounting experience which has been essential to the way she runs her studio.  Emily and Melissa are both accredited members of the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC).

We hope you will be joining us and please feel free to contact either of us with any questions you may have!

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how it works


If you own a small business and charge customers for your work, this mentoring experience is for you!  Join with a friend to save on tuition!  You can opt for 2:1 (yourself and a friend learn the same topic(s) together) or 2:2 (yourself and a friend learn 1:1 simultaneously - one with Melissa and one with Emily).  We will determine the 2:1 or 2:2 factor based on your selected topics of study.


We will decide together on the best date that will work with our schedules.  The amount of time is determined by you.


Emily or Melissa's studio in the Kanata/Stittsville area which will be based on the mentoring topics that you have chosen.


This experience is fully customizable to your business goals.  You can invest as little as $100 with one topic, or you can choose to add multiple topics, up to two full days worth of learning!  Each mentoring topic is outlined below with the associated tuition.  50% is due upong booking and the remaining balance is due 1 business day ahead of your scheduled mentoring experience.  HST is applicable on all prices.


Because you have the drive to succeed with a profitable and well-organized business!

topics of study

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Time Management (1 hour)

1:1 $150 | 2:2 or 2:1 $100

We will be covering the most effective ways to maintain productivity so that you stay on top of your to-do list without overwhelming your schedule!

Contracts and Policies (2 hours)

1:1 $300 | 2:2 or 2:1 $200

We will cover all of the obvious and not-so-obvious clauses to include in your client contracts, from business policies to limit of liability.

Communication & Personality Types (1 hour)

1:1 $150 | 2:2 or 2:1 $100

This topic covers the whole client experience from start to finish in terms of HOW we communicate.  We will be discussing email communication, phone communication, in-person communication, as well as how to answer tough client questions and how to deal with difficult personality types.

Websites (1 hour)

1:1 $150 | 2:2 or 2:1 $100

Your website is a prospective client's first look at who you are.  We will cover all of the pertinent details to include and exclude from your website for an effective and pleasant client experience.  We will also include a general website critique.

Workflow (1 hour)

1:1 $150 | 2:2 or 2:1 $100

This topic will teach you how to keep your business organized, from client inquiries, new bookings, task lists, orders, and filing systems... we will go over some effective methods to keep your workflow tidy and organized so you will never miss a step!

In Person Sales (1 hour)

1:1 $150 | 2:2 or 2:1 $100

Selling face to face can be a scary concept, but it doesn't have to be!  We will go over our tried and true process of In Person Sales so that you can say hello to increased sales!  We will go over the pros and cons and find the best way to make IPS work for your business. Not only will this be something great for your business, but it will benefit your clients as well.

Revenue, Expenses and Net Income (1 hour)

1:1 $150 | 2:2 or 2:1 $100

What is revenue and net income?  What are expenses?  How do I calculate and keep track of these things?  What kinds of revenues and expenses do I have?  What kinds of analysis can this information be used for?  We will answer all of these questions with regards to how they pertain to your business.

Prerequisite for: Cost of Running Your Business, Tax Preparation, Budgeting, and How to Price Yourself.

Cost of Running Your Business (1.5 hours)

1:1 $225 | 2:2 or 2:1 $150

Prerequisite: Revenue, Expenses and Net Income

This topic will be covering how much it costs to run your business (in time and in dollars); what items you should include as part of your costs; what your fixed and variable costs are; and, how to determine your session costs and your product costs.

Prerequisite for: How to Price Yourself

Tax Preparation (1 hour)

1:1 $150 | 2:2 or 2:1 $100

Prerequisite: Revenue, Expenses and Net Income

This topic will be covering how to prepare your business for tax time.  We will be determining how much money you need to be setting aside to pay for personal taxes and whether you should charge tax.  We will discuss the benefits of hiring an accountant.

Budgeting (1.5 hours)

1:1 $225 | 2:2 or 2:1 $150

Prerequisite: Revenue, Expenses and Net Income

This topic will be covering how much you should be budgeting for your business on a weekly, monthly and annual basis.  We will cover what percentage of your income should be reinvested in your business, and what types of expenses are good investments that will help you to grow.  We will show you how to make a budget customized to your business requirements.

How to Price Yourself (2 hours)

1:1 $300 | 2:2 or 2:1 $200

Prerequisites: Revenue, Expenses and Net Income; and Cost of Running Your Business

This topic will determine how to price yourself in terms of your time and your products.  Based on calculating your costs we will show you how to take that information and help you to price yourself properly, as well as take into account what the market will bear and what services you offer.

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