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Yes, it sounds like a good idea. Sure you think you’ll be saving lots of overhead. But what challenges lie ahead when you decide to run your business out of your home. David Ziser offers some advice based on his own personal experience:

Running your business from your home, although looks great on the surface – reduced costs, tax benefits, reduced overhead, convenience, no driving to work, etc. – it generally means making a few sacrifices for you and your family. What’s the reality? You take the space you are living in and now add a whole new business with all the business “stuff” that goes with it – desks, office equipment, phone lines, cameras, lighting gear, possibly employees etc. – it takes up space.

I don’t just mean that figuratively – your business at home takes up space physically in the house reducing the space available for your family members and other personal things. Emotionally it will certainly effect each family member because the family will occasionally feel the pressures of the business in your home. Be sure to consider time into the equation because it could crowd family time activities due to it’s intimately close proximity.

That said, let me give you a list of things to consider if you run your studio in your home. Here are 20 pointers of practical advice for running a residential studio (notice the phrasing). Most of these suggestions are based on my own experience of running my own photography business in a residential location for over 30 years. Good Luck!

Read the rest of the article to find out what the 20 pointers are.

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Yea, it’s something all part-time photographers dream of:

A chance to walk into the boss’s office, announce that you’re leaving and head home to a studio in the garage, an SUV full of camera equipment and a diary full of high-paying bookings.

No more commuting. No more begging for a pay rise. Just all the freedom you could want in a job you’ve always considered a hobby.

But then reality hits. You have to stop and ask yourself the hard questions like where do the jobs come from? how do I market myself? how much should I charge? how long will it take?

photopreneur is at it again with some suggestions for some of these realistic questions just waiting to burst your bubble.

Yep, reality does bite sometimes.

Maybe what we all need is simply a sabbatical. You know, just some time off to pursue something and see how it goes, while still having the company foot the bill. Faculty get to pursue their dreams while the University foots the bill why can’t other professionals?

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If you want to improve your photography business or if you’re just starting out in photography business and you want to know how to grow your business, you really should check out this clip from Shane and Mike.

Shane and I just finished an 80-minute recorded multi-media presentation covering the 3-core ways to build your photography business to $100,000 a year and beyond…

Plus, how to overcome 17 of the most common marketing blunders photographers make that prevent them from reaching the $100,000 a year mark sooner.

We were originally going to charge $49 per person to attend the live call.

However, since we wanted to test out some new technology for combining recorded interviews with visual aids (for greater impact and retention of the information), we decided to do the call privately and make it available to our readers for free.

So now, for a limited time, you can listen in and watch the presentation without cost. (via Six-Figure Photography)

These guys are funny but they have some great advise for anyone in sales.

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Today…more 5’s. Today it’s 5 Photography Business Choices to Consider brought to you by Photography Business Tips.

  1. Make money with stock photography.
  2. Make money with pet photography.
  3. Make money with wedding photography.
  4. Make money from portrait photos.
  5. Make money from a full service photography business. (via Photography Business Tips)

The real bummer there for me is that I didn’t see “Make money with Fine Art Photography.” That’s where I want to go. I’ll continue to take portraits on-the-side primarily for family and friends, but my first love is where I can take time to set up a scene and really work on photo-art. It would be nice if I could make money doing this too.

Do read the site by clicking on the link that matches the title. I’ve only summarized the 5. The article discusses each in more detail.

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Yesterday, Mike over on Six Figure Photography posted a great article titled How to Turn Inquiries Into Sales. I know I’m weak in the marketing area of my business so I’m always interested in ways to improve and I particularly like “real life” examples that I hear from other photographers who have found a successful way to market themselves.

The example Mike gives is a very common one. He provides an example of how a typical inquiry is handled and then he shows readers a better approach. The key point to remember is:

Did you know that only 10 to 20 percent of people choose their photographer based on price alone? The other 80 to 90 percent of people are more interested in the value you bring to their lives. (via Six Figure Photography).

Right away, this should indicate to photographers that you can ask for any reasonable price if you’re work is good. You don’t have to be an expert photographer. The key is knowing how to handle your subjects and integrate yourself into their lives so that they believe you have their best interest at heart and now just profit.

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