It’s good to be working for someone in doing photography. By that you can learn a lot and make your life secure by having a sure salary. When you’ve been there for a while however, I suggest starting a photography business in your own.
If you are also a hobbyist and your ability is already good enough, it’s a nice idea starting a photography business where you can produce income out of your passion.
Like any other business however, starting a photography business is also not easy. You need to learn business and marketing skills in addition to your professional photography skill. To prepare you then for that, let’s see some points that you need to consider when you are starting a photography business:
Starting a Photography Business tip # 1 – Know the Legal Needs for a Company in Your Area
Each country has its own law about what should be or what should not be done in local businesses. Ask about the permits that you need to get and the taxes that you need to pay. By that, you can prepare your self with those responsibilities that you need to face in starting a photography business. Be aware also that photography itself has some laws that you need to consider. You are in a business now so you must be a law abiding citizen.
Starting a Photography Business tip # 2 – Acquire an Office
Whether you plan to work outside or work at home, you must acquire an office for your business. An office is essential in many things for a business. This is where you can receive clients for you to show your rates and your sample works. Your office also serves as your stock room where you can place all your cameras and equipment and computers and what not. Not to mention of course that your office is a place for you to work. Things that can be done here includes photo editing, studio shoots, planning with your team, etc.
Starting a Photography Business tip # 3 – Invest on Cameras and Equipment
In starting a photography business, it is crucial for you to complete your gears. As of now, just maximize first what you have and try to borrow (you can rent) some that you still don’t have. But you cannot do this always so better have a goal of buying almost everything you need for your business.
Starting a Photography Business tip # 4 – Prepare your Packages and Photo Samples
I mentioned this earlier but let me elaborate it a bit here. When customers come to your office, chances are they will ask for your photo sample for them to see your work. Of course they will also avail of your rates and what are the packages that you are offering. To save yourself from so much talking, you must prepare a printed copy of these things for you to show to them. You can also print photos into an album and tell them that their photos will be packaged like that for example.
Starting a Photography Business tip # 5 – Advertise Your Business
It’s up to you if how will you do it but you really need to advertise your photography business. Since you are still new, you must make yourself known through advertising. It depends upon your budget but you can do so through local news papers’ classified ads, radio, and even TV. The cheapest and most effective however nowadays is through the internet. Use Facebook and Twitter. Make your photography blog and post your samples. It’s also good to join photography forums to learn more about how other photographers run their business.
Well, I’m sure you have a lot of things in your mind that I did not mention here. Just let those bright ideas come out from you and apply them in starting a photography business. I wish you all the success and don’t forget to contact me if you got considerable wealth. Cheers!