So I'm a starving college student and I was pondering an idea to make a small amount of money on the side. I'm studying photography as a minor at the moment as that's all my current school offers. It has about 4-5 terms of straight forward photography classes and a mixed bag of photoshop and imaging courses. I'll probably have taken them all by next fall. My ambition is to get a BS or BA in Liberal Arts with a minor in photog and eventually get a Masters in Photojournalism. I was thinking of posting an ad on craiglist, the local newspapers and anywhere I can online with something along the lines of: Amateur photographer looking to do on location work (portraits, etc.), and charge a relatively small amount of money. I need to do research as to what I should charge and then slowly increase the amount as my quality of work gets better. I don't really plan to make any serious money, just enough so I don't have to work a day job on top of my financial aid. It would also help me build a portfolio and get some much needed experience in the field. I probably won't post the ad up until the springtime when I have all the gear I would need, and then slowly accrue more lenses and such as time goes on. The gear I'd be starting with would be a d80, a Nikkor 50mm f1.8, one of the fast sigma zooms (something like an 18-70 f2.8), an sb-600 and another minor flash like an sb-28 for off camera, light stands and umbrellas and a wireless flash trigger. I'd also probably get aperature or CS3 and I have a CD-burner and I'll get prints made via shutterfly or mpix. I'd be mainly getting experience and practicing, I'd probably be starting with friends and family and locals that don't want to pay through the nose for a photographer. I'm also back-up shooting my first wedding next weekend, and another in December. I was curious if anyone has done something similar and been succesful? Would this be a good way to get a small start on my career, or should I put it off? I'll probably be getting most of the gear for myself as a hobbyist anyways, I just wanted to put it to work to make money during college.