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In Topic: Starting Up A Business

15 June 2006 - 12:10 PM

Apologies for being away for so long, been busy with all kinds of stuff.

Just wanted to say thank you for all advicce offered, and ideas given. I am still serious about doing this, and will be planning an all out attack on the market place, ha ha.

Cheers again, I really do appreciate the comments.


QUOTE (Cjay @ Feb 24 2006, 10:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Anthony,

I have been in business since I was 18 (Now 42). The suggestion of shelllivewire is a good one the forum is run by one north east and has pretty good quality members who are all keen on business. To establish a photography business should not involve much capital and you may find you spend more time trying to get grants than their value turns out to be. All government grants in the UK are governed by European rules ie. the amount you get is always related to number of jobs created and the amount of capital you spend. My largest business to date employs more than a hundred staff and our investment ran into millions the only grant we ever obtained was for 15k.

With photography you will need to consider having a regular income stream. This will probably mean doing event work and portraits for example. You may like to check out the approach my new website is taking.

Once you have established the bread and butter side of your photo business, you may want to look at other areas, news, celebs and selling shots to agencies and other image buyers like the greeting card market for example.

The best way to start is to get some paid work over the weekend and keep doing your current job. Build your confidence and gradually increase your work load, stretch yourself. Approaching your business in this way reduces your risk as you don't need to give up the day job until you are at least part way to generating income from your photography activities.

I will try and help with any specific questions you might have about business. I have had some real dogs in my time and suffered most of the problems that running your company tends to generate.
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In Topic: Starting Up A Business

16 January 2006 - 11:56 AM

Cheers Jess, appreciate that, will give it a go.

Thank you.