new here, need help with starting a business

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  1. HF Photography

    HF Photography TPF Noob!

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    Hi everyone, I am looking at starting a business and was wondering if some of you can answer some questions for me???

    How do you work out costs?

    How do you sell your photos? ie after you have a session for a certain amount, where do you go from there? I like the idea of online proofs with watermarks but what happpens after this?

    Where do I get them developed for maximum quality?

    Can i claim all the equipment I buy on tax?

    I have more questions but will get to them a bit later (when I remember, lol).

    These are some of my first pics, what do you think????? ( I havent edited some of them yet though, any ideas on what I can fix? - I have photoshop)

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  2. Jacki

    Jacki TPF Noob!

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    Hello! There is a separate forum pertaining to the business end of photography. Maybe you will get a good response there?
     
  3. Bitter Jeweler

    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    If you can't answer many of these questions yourself, you are not ready to start a business. :er:
     
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    barsfordays TPF Noob!

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    QFT
     
  5. WilliamH

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    +1 on this. You really need to do more research before thinking about starting a business. You need to have a clear picture (no pun intended) of what you want from your business, and how to achieve your goals. Think about everything that could possibly be an issue in getting there, and then think about things that aren't so obvious. The questions that you've asked are fairly easy questions to answer with a little looking. You also have to remember how competitive the photography business is. Think about what you can do to stand out. It's not just about having the best prices, it's about being able to compete against other photographers in your area. Research is the key to any successful business, and it sounds like you should do a bit more. There's a lot to be said for starting your own business, but there are also a lot of things to consider.
     
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    Shelly1204 TPF Noob!

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    Uh oh.

    *pulling up chair* :popcorn:
     
  7. mrpink

    mrpink No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Understatement of the year.:er:

    p!nK
     
  8. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Plus, most of the forum members here live in the US and it looks like you're in the AU so a whole different set of laws and economic/business practices/conditions apply.

    For us here in the US we have some books we can turn to:

    Best Business Practices for Photographers by John Harrington www.johnharrongton.com

    Professional Business Practices in Photography a compilation by the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). www.asmp.org

    Business and Legal Forms for Photographers by Tad Crawford

    Lastly, online is not a good place to seek reliable legal or tax advice. You really should consult with a local solicitor familiar with the retail photography business and a certified accountant also familiar with the business of photography.

    The #1 reason most new photography businesses fail is because the business owner lacked business knowledge and skills.
     
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    Tulsa TPF Noob!

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    My thoughts exactly!!

    How long have you been doing photography?
     
  10. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    That's what I was thinking too after looking at the photos that were posted.
     
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    SoonerBJJ TPF Noob!

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    Based on what I see, I believe one should spend more time developing their photography skills before hanging out that shingle.
     
  12. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Not necessarily.

    As always it is buyer beware, but there is nothing wrong with offering images for sale that may be less than magazine cover quality.

    Particularly when it comes to retail photography. People buy images of their kid (or spouse or anaimal) because of emotional attachment to the kid or maybe the behavior of the kid/spouse/animal in a specific image.

    That's one of the reasons proofing in person can be so valuable, reading the client and upselling when they display that emotion when first shown a specific proof.

    Clients aren't photographers and don't know what makes a technically good image, and more importantly, they don't care what makes a technically good image. If the go, "Oohhhhh, that's so cute" at a photo that's out of focus, sell that sucker.
     

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