Often we don’t have to reinvent the wheel to learn something new – we can just ask experts in the field who can draw on their experience to enlighten us. Below, we’ve shared insights insiders from various industries have shared with us.

Lakisha Goss | Luxury Destination & Experience Kurator

One thing that outsiders are probably unaware of when it comes to the travel industry is that the commission is included in the price of most travel products, whether you book direct with the hotel, through a booking engine like Expedia or Kayak, or use a travel advisor. Unfortunately with booking direct or with an online booking engine, you are missing out on the things that travel advisors provide like product knowledge, advocating for you if something goes wrong, access to upgrades, and amenities that might cost you with the other options. We also have access to special rates and promotions that are not available to the general public. In many cases, using a travel advisor can save you money and provide added value in the form of expert advice and assistance. Read more>>

Kelly Little | Soft Glam and Bridal Make up Artist

When it comes to the beauty industry, there are many expenses. When I first started servicing clients 5 years ago it was eye opening when I noticed how many products I’d truly need. A big debate going on now among the make up world is, an artists’ rate and why there is such a huge range from low to high. As a professional make up artist who specializes in bridal and soft glams, it’s very important that I have a diverse kit to service anybody that sits in my chair. Another fact outsiders aren’t aware of are the fees we have to pay to run a booking site and/or website. Many think we aren’t suppose to charge a tax to our service and it’s a luxury to have someone service you, let alone travel to you and spend 4-8 hours with you. Read more>>

Jaquan Brockman | Photographer

One thing about photography that most people are probably unaware of is the sheer amount of money, time, and energy that goes into our craft. Outsiders really only see the initial photoshoot and from their POV we’re only pressing a button, when in reality that’s only about 10% of what we do. We have to do the initial client onboarding which involves finding a date that fits both of your availabilities, sending invoices, collecting payments, and booking studio rentals. Read more>>