Becoming A Self Employed Photographer
Have you always dreamed of being your own boss? I get it, I have too! What could be better than making your own rules?
Well, if you're looking to take the first steps into becoming a self employed photographer, look no further. Here is my short guide for helping you on your way to being fierce and freelance.
What Does A Freelance Photographer Need?
You'll need a computer (or laptop), internet access, and some sort of writing software. You may want to get a printer if you're going to be doing a lot of printing. If you don't have any of these things already, you should probably start saving money now!
These things are the staples of the admin work that goes into being a freelancer. Unfortunately, not all your time will be filled with taking photographs. It will also be used to write invoices, print contracts and all of that other boring, admin we don't like to think about.. but must do.
How Much Will I Make?
Freelance work varies widely depending on what kind of project you're working on. If you are looking to shoot wedding photography, you will be making a lot more money per job than a live music freelance photographer, for example.
To get an idea of how much you can make and charge your clients research others . Discover how much other freelance photographers in the industry are charging and go from there.
Just remember, that when you are starting out, it is a good idea to charge a lot less. Keep in mind that once you've built up a portfolio of work, you'll be able to command higher rates. Slow and steady wins the races for this one!
Where Do I Find Photography Clients?
There are many ways to find clients. One way is to look online. There are tons of websites where people post their projects looking for help. Here are some below for arange of photography disciplines:
purpleport.com and modelmayhem.com - Great for finding local models to work and collaborate with
Another option is to join a networking group. These groups often meet in person or over the phone.
A third option is to create your own website and advertise yourself as a freelancer.
So... How Do I Get Started?
The best place to start is to build a portfolio of your work. Creating a website that you can send people links to, share on social media and put on a business card is a good option. Another option, if you are meeting people Once you have a good number of samples, you can begin pitching them to potential clients. When you pitch your work, try to focus on the strengths of your work rather than the weaknesses. Don't worry about grammar or spelling errors; they won't matter to most clients. Instead, focus on how well you communicate your ideas and how professional your work looks.
But, How Do I Know If My Photography Is Worth Anything?
It's hard to tell whether or not your work is worth something until you actually sell it. So, the best thing to do is to put together a list of potential clients and send them a sample of your work. Then, wait and see what happens. If no one responds, then you know your work isn't worth anything. On the other hand, if someone contacts you and asks for more information, then you know your stuff is worth something.
How Do I Get Paid?
Once you've sold your work, you'll receive payment via bank transfer or PayPal. Even cash, if you're old school like that. You can choose whatever method, but you'll have to pay taxes on whatever amount you earn.
When Will I Become Successful ?
Becoming successful takes time. Freelancing is a great way to supplement your income while you build up your portfolio. But remember that it doesn't happen overnight. In fact, it could take years before you really start making decent money.