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Contact Billy Suratt

Infographic illustrating how many emails I've handled through July 2013.

Email is by far the best and most efficient way to contact me.

Every once in awhile, somebody asks, “Why can’t I just call you?” Well, you could, but look at it this way: if I’m out working on location, then you’ll probably just go to voicemail. If I’m working in the office, then there’s a good chance I’m already on the phone and you’ll still go to voicemail. Why play phone tag when you can just send one email and be done with it?

If I’m not on the phone, I’m probably working on something for a client. I do a mix of both highly creative and highly technical work every day, so dropping whatever I’m in the middle of doing to answer a call can be pretty disruptive — especially when multiplied by 20 or more calls over the course of an average day.

When somebody calls me, they’re effectively jumping in line in front of somebody else, even though they probably don’t realize it. Does that seem fair for anybody?

I’m an army of one, I don’t have a staff. When I’m working on a project, I have two speeds: on and off. Phone time is necessarily reserved primarily for existing clients. If you’re trying to contact me through this page, you’re probably not an existing client — you’re either a potential client or somebody trying to sell me something.

If you’re trying to sell me something, just email me to let me know your value proposition and I’ll let you know if I’m interested or not. (If you’re trying to sell me something and don’t know what a value proposition is, then you’re actually a potential client — ask about hiring me for sales consulting when you email.)

I’m very good at what I do and I’m selective in the clients I work with. I’ll be the first to tell you I’m not the best photographer, writer or media consultant for every potential client’s needs, but for the ones I choose to work with I often become the only one for their needs.

There’s nothing I like more than helping clients make more money online or offline because the more they make, the more they can give me — the textbook definition of a win-win scenario.

You know what’s not a win-win scenario, though? Entering into one-sided agreements like work-made-for-hire photography contracts (which I won’t sign) or providing free content or labor to multi-million-dollar companies quite capable of paying fair rates. If your reason for contacting me falls into one of those categories, please save us both some time and just move along. Otherwise, please email me today to let me know how I can help you (or even just to say hi).

In addition to the contact form below, you can also tweet at me on Twitter at @surattb or connect with me on Facebook at fb.com/BillySuratt. While you’re at it, don’t forget to circle me on Google Plus at Plus.BillySuratt.com.

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