R. If they are not you may have less help if something goes wrong, and most people who are NOT licensed with the state are more of Hobbyist and less Professionals.
Q. How long have you been in BUSINESS?
R. Make sure you ask business not industry. Some people can say they have been in the industry but not in business for themselves. New Business’ are fine to book with but you will want to make sure that they have all their paperwork, time-lines, contracts and business in order. Also if they are new to owning their own business as for referral from past clients.
Q. Can I look at your Portfolio?
R. This will give you a glimpse into the type of work they have produced. Make sure that they have a variety of images, events or ideas they can show you. If they only have one or two events in their portfolio then they may not have the depth or experience you will be looking for.
Q. Ask to see a copy of their contract while in your consultation.
R. You will want to read through it before it is given to you to sign. If there is something in the contract that would prevent you from signing it you will want to know before a proposal is given to you with the contract. This will also give you a chance to ask questions about anything in or not in the contract.
Q. Ask if they have business insurance, If yes ask for a copy of their COI.
R. You want to know that they have taken the time to protect THEIR business. If they have taken the time to do this most likely they are going to also take care of you.
Q. Ask for some testimonials or reference from past clients
R. There are a lot of online reference sites. This is a good way to check and see how happy past clients really are. Chances are if they are listed even without a testimonial they are less of a hobbyist. If they have testimonials you can read them.
Keep in mind these are just a FEW of the questions you will want to ask. We can work with you on additional questions that are professional specific during a consultation.