Where are you going? What’s it all about?
Before you do anything, you need to get your head around what you are doing. Starting a business should not be taken lightly…not something to be “played with”. You either get your mindset fixed on success, determination and hard work or you simply don’t bother.
Starting and giving up repeatedly will do you and your reputation no good whatsoever, no one will take you seriously.
Starting and failing repeatedly is another matter as long as you get up, dust yourself off, analyze where you went wrong and start again.
Each failure (as long as you gave it a good chance and it simply didn’t work for you) is one step closer to success but we will come to that later on.
Even if you only intend to do this part time, you still need to take it relatively seriously and the reason I say this is that it will save you a lot of time and money down the line.
I see people flit from idea to idea and to the “next big thing”, wasting money on training, eBooks and DVD’s only to give up when they don’t “make it” in the first few weeks.
I have seen many, many people start up fledgling companies or businesses only to pack it all in at the first or second hurdle…what a waste of time, wasting time is the biggest mistake as it is so precious.
You need to establish exactly what it is you will be doing? Do you know what you want? Do you have a passion for it? Do you have an idea?
- Freelance photographer – If so, what areas? Weddings, portraits, commercial, a mixture?
- Teaching – Teaching offline via courses that you wish to run? One to one? Group sessions?
- Stock photographer – Start to put together a mighty portfolio of saleable images.
- Sales – Maybe set up a store, on or offline, to sell camera and photography related goods.
- Writer – Write and illustrate books with your photography work to either sell via eBooks online or hard copy.
- Fine art – Sell your images to galleries, businesses or individuals.
- Maybe something non photography related…
Try not to spread yourself too thin. It is easy to try a little of everything but doing it alone will take forever. Carve yourself a niche, pick one or two areas and concentrate on those and become the best you can at them.
Remember also, there is going to be a heavier workload than any “job”…you need to become an accountant, receptionist, customer service, tech support and once in a while you may get to take some photos!
You need to formulate a plan…
Next Page – Formulating a Plan