So as mentioned in another thread I have been out of work since March and really am interested in starting my own full time photography business. I would be able to do this and probably supplement the income with a part time job as well, but I need a little help getting started. A few years ago I met with the local Chamber of Commerce regarding an idea I had for a subshop/donut/coffee house. He helped me chart locations and was in the process of helping me build a business plan in order to have the Chamber back a Small Business Loan. I gave up the idea after the location I wanted sold (they put a Starbucks and Firehouse subs there, so I was on the right track!) I imagine that starting a photography business would be less expensive than a restaraunt, but I want to do it right. For now I wouldn't need a location as I have a home office and don't plan on doing studio work. So, what exactly would I need for costs? I've estimated a bare minimum of around $8,000 dollars to cover the cost of another (better?) body, another flash, a wireless trigger of sorts for some flashes with umbrellas, other equipment, insurance, some advertisement money and some money to get my awful website (www.rmtphotography) done the right way. If you're a self-owning business owner Id LOVE to get your thoughts as I feel like I am SEVERELY underestimating what I need.