Photography and Business
When it comes to photography, and to business, dedication and conviction is everything. Opening a photography business of any kind is a challenge and most think they are up to it until they try. I am not writing this to try and dissuade you, but I do want you to realize that opening a photography business is hard, making it successful is even harder. Before we look at tips for writing a pet photography business plan, here are some things that I took for granted when I first opened my photography business:
The business side of my photography company will be easy.
The reality of owning any business is that if you haven't done it before then there will be a large learning curve. Many people either forget or ignore the business side of their company simply because to many it isn't very fun. Very few people enjoy updating their financial records, or applying for tax breaks or doing any of the mundane things that come with running your business. If you can frame it in your mind now that these things need to get done and you allot time each week to get it done, then you already have a much better chance of surviving your first year as a business then the vast majority.
I will spend most of my time taking and editing photos.
When I opened my business I thought that my days would be taken up with shooting and my nights with editing. I was prepared to put in long hours doing what I love but I got frustrated with how much time was taken up with the everyday things that didn't involve shooting. Be prepared to spend less than fifty percent of your time shooting and editing. The rest will be taken up with advertising, contacting clients and perspective clients and in the beginning, getting your name out there.
Clients will rarely stand me up.
I never thought a client or model would stand me up, but it happens, and it happens a lot. Although this is a less likely situation with pet photography, it does happen. This is something that you should be ready for. It is frustrating but there is little you can do about it except try and reschedule with that client. Owning your own business can be very rewarding but also full of disappointment too, don't let the small defeats get you down.