Hints for Selling Prints?

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by cich, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. cich

    cich TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2004
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Hey. I've been doing photography for quite a while now. I'm not sure if I'm ready to try this or not, but I am. I was wondering if anyone here had some tips/hints for selling prints? I don't expect much, but I was just wanting to try... maybe cover some expenses of the hobby...

    Thanks!

    --cich
     
  2. jack

    jack TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2004
    Messages:
    250
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    london
    cich :)

    maybe, when you visit friends and relatives or local 'craft/gift' stores,
    see what they have on their walls / what they choose to sell with regards
    subjects. if you can emulate any of these. go ahead and offer your output
    around. if you find a niche subject, maybe you can sell a few via ebay.com.
    perhaps, get involved in a local photo club, which holds occasional
    exhibitions of member's work at the local library. you might be able to sell
    a few things via there. build a simple webpage. go to a DIY business-card
    machine - get 20 cards done, with your url and your tel. some stores will
    let you leave these on the counter. perhaps invest in framing a print and
    giving it to a local cafe or agreeing a % split for selling it via their
    wallspace. print up some mailshots on a desktop printer. walk round your
    local area and post these through peoples letter boxes. i assume thats legal
    in BC. it is here. maybe find some other photographer (again through a club
    or a local internet resource). work together for greater coverage -offering
    combined choice through a mailer or a webpage. i guess the fundemental
    things are let people know youre out there. have something to show people.
    always carry your business cards. keep prospecting.

    :) post something here that youre happy with, for us to see.

    bon chance ! ..//jack
     
  3. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2003
    Messages:
    33,817
    Likes Received:
    1,811
    Location:
    Edmonton
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I have no experience but I have heard this questions asked a few times.

    You have to be really carefull...tax wise. If you are selling prints, you may have to have a business licence and pay business taxes. To do it properly would take a lot of time and effort.

    If you already have a business and sold prints as part of that...then it may not be much of a big deal.

    If you are only planning on selling a few, it may not be a big deal.

    If you plan to make this into a business and write off expenses, you should do everything by the book.

    I'm not a tax lawyer or a CCR employee...so make sure to ask someone who knows for sure. Maybe just call a lawyer or an accountant and try to get some free advice over the phone.

    The point is...be careful. You don't want to start selling a bunch of prints and then all of a sudden get into tax trouble.
     
  4. jack

    jack TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2004
    Messages:
    250
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    london
    hi mike,

    what you say is sensible. however, my understanding - in the uk, for
    example you dont have to be registered for what we term value added tax
    (a national POS tax) until your turnover is in the tens of thousands of
    dollars bracket. as a sole-trader (self-employed) the first ~US$10,000
    (income) isnt taxable and its a degree of scale from there onwards. selling
    a moderate but regular output of prints, as 'art' wouldnt involve a uk
    entrepreneur with any form of capital gains tax here - that would be
    extraordinary to acheive such volume, in the short / medium term.

    cich, its always pays to do things legitimately and by the book, in my view.
    but with that considered, no business ever matured and expanded without
    an initial risk and a journey into new territory.

    i would assume, having clarified with the Canadian revenue offices,
    that some concessions are made, regarding tax-breaks and threshholds
    to encourage new enterprise.

    also, cich, the ability to claim expenses of "tools" and certain assets
    against any taxation would be a welcome assistance to your activities.

    i would be very interested to hear of what information you gather re:
    canadian laws regulating a small business such as you propose.

    cheers, guys..//jack
     
  5. cich

    cich TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2004
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Yes, I only have to pay tax if my income reaches a certain bracket. (My mother's a business person)

    --cich
     
  6. mrsid99

    mrsid99 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2003
    Messages:
    2,964
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    Florida
    In the USA we have a similar tax situation...we only pay taxes on any money earned over 6 cents.
     
  7. jack

    jack TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2004
    Messages:
    250
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    london
    lmao
     
  8. bogleric

    bogleric TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2003
    Messages:
    928
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Michigan, USA
    that is one way to look at it.......

    lmao
     
  9. GimpyPoop

    GimpyPoop TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2003
    Messages:
    106
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    New Orleans, LA and Houston, TX, USA
    Yo,
    You can try to sell them on websites such as deviantart.com, but I think you have to pay for a subscription to do that. I am not sure. Hm . . .
    Me, the FLea
     
  10. ceno2000

    ceno2000 I AM PUNK ROCK!!

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2003
    Messages:
    345
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    louisiana
    one thing that i have found that helps is to make these photos look priceless wrap them or put them in sleeving use gloves to show them to customers (sounds crazy i know) but show them that this is a piece of art not just some photo
     
  11. ceno2000

    ceno2000 I AM PUNK ROCK!!

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2003
    Messages:
    345
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    louisiana
    one thing that i have found that helps is to make these photos look priceless wrap them or put them in sleeving use gloves to show them to customers (sounds crazy i know) but show them that this is a piece of art not just some photo
     
  12. havoc

    havoc Jedi something or other

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2003
    Messages:
    1,093
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Portland Oregon, USA
    I am seeing double!
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page

paying taxes on selling prints

,

selling prints paying taxes