Taking a slightly different view, I want to mention that lots of people do just fine "flying by the seat of their pants". If you are able to starting lining up some customers and generating profits, then it will be much easier to move to the next steps of getting an accountant, and getting your...
Let's suppose you have a client that wants to hire you for a job. Where do you like to meet them?
2. Your studio
3. The location where you are going to do the photography
4. Their office
Yes, the idea to do free shoots is an excellent idea. You can build your portfolio, make friends, get some happy customers, and make some money too.
I am a ballroom dancer, and we worked with a photographer who did this, and ended up spending way more than we planned, because we liked the...
I'm thinking that it might be a good practice to keep only the work that I plan to use in the near future nearby, and put the other work in some sort of a safe, undisclosed location.
I have a memory of a friend that was a baseball card collector. He literally had hundreds of thousands of...
I was nervous when I started my own business too. It was a lot of hard work the first couple of years, and there were a few stressful times, but I am so glad I took the plunge. I think it is a wonderful thing to do.
As much as possible, leave little to chance, and have a well conceived plan.
I'm curious what people here do to protect against loss.
Do you keep all your photos in one place?
Do you have them protected with lock and key?
Do you have insurance against loss?
Do you use any sort of special containers?
Sometimes I wonder what I would do if for example, the roof started...
I think part of being a professional is working with the ideas that are out there and taking them to a new level. Nobody likes copy cats, but on the other hand, sometimes it is time to reinvent something in a new and exciting way.
As a newer user, one problem I found when trying to visit some of the photo areas was there was no simple way to see which photos were more popular, or which were submitted by "esteemed" photographers. When clicking on threads its somewhat "hit or miss" what you are going to find.