Crystal Ball Required... Locked

Started Jul 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
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NancyP
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Three Words: SKILLS, BUSINESS PLAN
In reply to King Redshirt, Jul 9, 2013

I hate to rain on your parade, but it isn't easy making a living out of photography. You need skills, a business plan, a marketing plan, preferably a specialty not covered locally, and an ability to cultivate contacts - not to mention, a personality that thrives on customer service and cold calls.

Go read the pro photographers forum on "why do photographers go out of business" and "why do newbies think that they can make money". Go buy the "Photographers' Market 2013" by Bostic and/or "Best Business Practices for Photographers" by Harrington.

Imagine that you need to take out a bank loan to buy the equipment, and need to justify yourself to the loan manager - it takes a reasonably achievable  business plan.

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