Starting a photography business always comes with some planning. An important part of that planning is what kind of photography should you specialize in?:
– wedding photography
– pet photography
– portrait photography
– fashion photography
– advertising photography
– newspaper photography
The choice is endless. Identify your photography category passion. This is a good start to knowing what photography mode to slip into. Here are some things to think about:
– What do you enjoy photographing the most?
– What are you good at?
– Where will the money come from?
Making some good choices in photography might be enhanced with thes few tips.
Planning your Business Strategies
Think of it this way. If you are going on holiday you do not just turn up at the airport to catch the first flight out. You plan your trip, plan where you start from, where you want to stop and where you will end up.
Too many photographers think it is as simple as printing business cards and building a website. It is not. Focusing too much on displaying your work may not (in the end) bring in the quality and quantity of customers you need.
Sit down and write a business plan include your goals and a plan to achieve them. You photogoraphy business plan should include your financials, your marketing intentions, and any direct selling strategies. Your goals should be evident in your business plan so that someone can read it and see what you’re planning to do, how you’ll do it, medium and long term.
There are even specialists who can help with a business plan. Notice I said specialists – seminars, workshops, and consultants.
Get Professional Help
Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. Don’t force yoourself to attempt the weak areas yourself, think carefully about hiring someone. Maybe you just cannot get your head around the accounts – then hire an accountant. Sure it will cost you more but how much will it cost you if you get it wrong? If you are worried about a lack of skills in any one arear, get a ‘subby’ (sub-contractor).
You can always learn the skills yourself, but it may not be worth it for the cost of hiring someone on a project basis. And, in the new age of the Internet, there is always the option of virtual assistants who can do all manner of tasks to help ease the burden of running a photography business.