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So, you want to start a photo business…
Excellent! Will it be a mad whirl of fame, fortune and glitterati?
Or will it be a money-suckin’, nail-bitin’, cuss-mutterin’ festival of frustration?
We’re all about preserving your manicure and linguistic decorum, so welcome to our new series, Photojojo’s School of Photographical Bidnezz!
Here’s Part 1: a list of photo biz pros and cons to help you decide whether running your own studio would make you happy… or crazy?
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So You Want to Start a Photo Biz…
Got some time on your hands, maybe a little severance pay, and you’re thinking about starting a photography business.
Sweet! Like they say, “nothing ventured, nothing gained.”
But they also say “to thine own self be true”, so let’s see whether you’d actually enjoy your own business before you get started.
The Small Business Administration is THE best resource for someone starting out.*
Now here’s the tricky part: look at the results objectively. Don’t think about how you “should” be- think about who you really are.
If you’re more gentle than assertive, more laidback than driven, running a photo business could be a little tougher for you. Good to know ahead of time, right?
*If you’re not from the United States, the legal advice and business forms won’t help you, but the advice and questionnaires are still really good.
Running a photography business should be amazing; shooting all day long, being creative, doing exactly what you love to do.
In practice though, most photo businesses are a lot less photo and a lot more business.
Photographers usually run into issues in a couple of basic categories:
That’s why we’ve broken our pros and cons into categories, so you can figure out whether what you love about photography balances out what you hate about business.
1. Money Pros & Cons
2. People Pros & Cons
3. Business Pros & Cons
4. Lifestyle Pros & Cons
Wanna Give It a Shot?
Even if you know the pros and cons, you may still want to dip your toes in the water before you dive in.
Here are a few ways to try the photo biz life without actually starting a photo biz:
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