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Starting a photography business?In starting a photography business, how does one go about making the business legit? I mean to say, what is involved with turning a hobby into a true business... ? What are the pros & cons of such a thing, and how do you decide if your hobby is "worthy" of being a "real" business?

Posted by AmandaL
[display_name id="2"]> In starting a photography business, how does one go about making the business legit?That depends on your local city and state law. In some state you just in-corporate and you are ready to make money. Other states you have to file for business license (mostly for tax purposes). You really have to research your own state. Seeing a lawyer would be a good idea.
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> I mean to say, what is involved with turning a hobby into a true business... ? What are the pros & cons of such a thing,

Hobby was for fun. If you didn't feel like it you didn't do it. Business is for money. Whether you like it or not, if somebody is paying you, you do it. And once you "open" your business, your reputation as a photographer is EVERY THING. If the word gets out that you don't deliver (or are bad), that kind of bad news travel fast.

A unhappy client will tell 20 people, while a happy client may not tell anybody.
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> and how do you decide if your hobby is "worthy" of being a "real" business?

Only time will tell. You can prepare all you can, but the only way to know, is to OPEN you business.
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Just so you know, more than 80% of NEW photography business the FIRST YEAR. So it is NOT all easy money.

They fail mostly because they didn't know the business end of "photography business". Study some business - especially marketing. READ SOME BUSINESS BOOK !!! VERY IMPORTANT !!!

Of course there are people who just suck at photography (there are SO MANY people who ask this question - no offense intended to you).

Good luck.......

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The poster below (SHARA) is a classic example of photographer turning pro. But that is also the classic example of why they go hungry (no offense intended). Too many GOOD photographer always assumes "If my photography is good, the business will follow".

NO.... So sad, but you MUST tell people who you are and where to find you. And part of that is advertising and marketing (as I wrote above). Learn the difference if you want to survive... NO, THRIVE !! Otherwise you will always be just break even and be unhappy with your business (and photography).

What should I call my photography business?Right now I call it by my name Stacey Knighton Photography, but i would like a cool name for it instead of my name. Any suggestions?

Posted by slk2000@rogers.com
[display_name id="2"]First off photography is a business that allows for tons of creativity so you should try and find a name that's different and eye catching to the public. It all depends on your style and personality, you wouldn't want to pick something that can be misleading what the actual business is like. Something like Vintage Snapshot Studios would be cool. Or maybe something kind of modern like Frame 16. Just base it off of how you want the public to think of your photography....modern, classic, crazy and different, or well rounded and appealing to everyone with basic name.Hope i helped in some way! Good luck with your business!

Photography business.?I am starting a photo business and had a few questions. 1) how much should I charge and what should I offer? 2) is it okay to be paid in cash/check. 3) do I need to pay taxes or anything on this even though it is just a small side business / hobby. Thank you!

Posted by Fernando's Hideaway
[display_name id="2"]1- how much should I charge and what should I offer?Those two questions are linked but you haven;t told us what type of photography you want to do ... Product, photojournalist, portraits, events/weddings, corporate, fine art prints ...

On top of that, I don;t know what your business costs are ... Do you have a studio, how much will you spend on marketing, how much does your insurance cost (both gear and profesional liability) ... ?

I also don;t know what you are offering and how much your services cost YOU to offer.

Finally, I don;t know how much work all of this represents for you and how you value your work and time.

2- is it okay to be paid in cash/check.
Seriously? Are you asking if accepting money for services is ok?!?

3- do I need to pay taxes or anything on this even though it is just a small side business / hobby.
Without knowing where you live and what their tax laws are, I can't answer that.

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