Well, for those of you who do actually read my updates and news, you may be interested to know that I have just 24 hours left on my Crowdfunder page, to try and raise the target of £10,000. "How close are you?", I hear you ask. To fully answer that, imagine the distance between the base of Mount Everest and the topmost peak..... That is the kind of mountain I have left to climb! Not that it will stop me from continuing with my company. But I will no longer be able to do any site visits to clients where they are in difficult to access locations, which is more than a few, as part of the fund was to repair my Land Rover so I could visit clients. It was costing so much to do visits to clients by train and bus, and taking a VERY long time sometimes, that I ended up making a loss so far as the business was concerned. I have NO financial backing at all for this venture. The Small Business loan I received as part of a New Business Creation, was whittled down and down until it was negligible. And this also means that I do not have the money to advertise my services in newspapers, magazines or on social media sites like Facebook (and yes, to do a wide spread advert on FB it costs) I have no money at all, except the small amount I get from the council to pay the rent. Which is HALF of what the rent is. There are those who do this sort of research for free. And they have the financial stability to be able to do so. I am doing this as a business. I put my heart and soul into it. I like to believe that I am very good at what I do. And the people who contact me have a choice. They do NOT have to employ me. They could do the research themselves, if they have the time and the knowledge, or they could go to one of the free-search sites. I have looked at these sights, and they are very good. But I do not know what their full service is, save that they will identify images and do documents research. To find out a full service I would have to employ them on a search to get that information and that would be a bit underhand for my tastes, though that same strategy has been employed on me recently. People have a choice. If they chose me, then I give more than 100% of my time and effort. But they do not have to. I am just being open and honest about this. They choose me because they like what they read about IRIS or because a previous client has recommended me.
I will accept the pledges made, as I can get more business cards and put an advert in the Nottingham Evening Post. So no matter how small, the money will be put to good use in my company.
If you want to keep up with my History-Pics from IRIS, then visit - https://twitter.com/djm1643?lang=en-gb
Plus I have a Facebook Page as well - https://www.facebook.com/photoresearcher/
So, please keep looking in, and if you know of someone who would find my skills and knowledge useful, then do remember that I am not just a military historian, I also identify photographs and postcards involving architecture, crime, espionage, transport of all types, social unrest, weather, popular entertainment from the 1840's to the 1970's and sport. AND I am a highly experienced picture researcher and film researcher, so if you need searches done for a book, magazine, journal, documentary or film, then let me know and I will be only too happy to be of assistance and at highly competitive rates, too!
Image Research & Identification Services is NOT going to fail. It is going to succeed.
With a bit of faith in the company and a lot of hard work. And time.
Thanks for listening everyone.