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Looking to open a photography business any advice?

Asked by elman25 (159points) March 21st, 2008 from iPhone

I’m 19 and ive been good at making money since I was five sellling lolly pop and hiding from deans.., I’m going to school and work part time but I want more from life so I thought about taking photos for private events (birthday parties and such) .. And putting toghether either an album or DVD movie cuz I’m also good with graphics… Good idea? Any advice?

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robhaya's avatar

I think It’s a great idea. Think about the following questions:

What would make your photography business different from the other businesses offering this type of service? Figure out what you can do to standout from the rest of your competitors, whether its your price, what you offer, etc. Anything that will separate you from the pack.

How will you market your services? Who is your target audience for your business? Will you be taking only digital, film, or both? Will this business be run out of home/apartment, or store front?

I would also recommend talking to people who have photography businesses in your area to get their advice on what mistakes or lessons they learned by doing this type of business and how you can avoid them. You’ll probably get a lot of insight into this line of work.

Good Luck!

squirbel's avatar

My photography professor always told me children’s photography is easy money :)

ninjaxmarc's avatar

open a website to show your skills.

A buddy of mine does it as a side job as a hobby from his regular 9–5. He covers mostly events but can take some great modeling pics in a studio.

Advertise: craigslist, friends, word of mouth, etc.

Good luck!

cwilbur's avatar

Make a business plan. Know how much you plan to spend on things like advertising, materials, equipment. Know what your revenue goals are for the first six months, the first year, the first three years.

The important thing here isn’t to plan perfectly, but to have goals and to get them on paper. In six months, if you’ve hit twice what your revenue goal is, you know to adjust future goals. Or if you only get 10% of your revenue goal, you can then consider whether the business is likely to be a success or not.

elman25's avatar

wow u c this is y I love replies.. Thanks for the advice well noted

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