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I too am a mom/wife and solo entrepenuer. I began my business by refilling ink jet cartridges in Oct. 2000. By Oct 2001 we carried a full line of technology items. By Oct 2002 we were able to offer a complete line of office supplies and furniture. Pretty much if Office Max/Staples/Viking/Quill/Office Depot carries it, we can get it for you, also. Hence, we compete with the big guys.
We began by grosses $50 in 2000. I spent a lot more than that for refilling supplies, but that`s ok. For last year we brought in over $70,000. I run my business very part time around the family and family commitments and all, and end up keeping us in state of the art office supplies. I`m sure if I were to put in full time hours, I would earn full time wages.
Anyway, that`s my story and I`ve seen a bit of yours. If I can do this, I`m sure you can. I would recommend one very important thing. Make sure you set up official office hours when your work from the house. Even if you don`t have an office, just make sure you can get a set of hours when you can devote to your business and nothing else.
Feel free to contact me if you`d be interested in some one on one chit chat. Maybe we can learn priorites together. I quit my 10 hr a week job last week. Just wasn`t worth the hassle. I could use the time to work on my business.
Well, it was nice typing to you. Have a great day!!
---But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrew 11:6
A gentleman I use to work with started his own photography business six years ago. He started part time. He now owns and runs a successful photo studio and business in Pahrump Nevada. One of the ways he grew his business was by self promoting himself to the numerous wedding chapels and planners in the Vegas area. To be successful though, as others have said, you will need to study the business end of photography. Issue you will need to address are your per hour fee. Its not just your time, but the cost of equipment, chemicals for processing, will you do digital vs. film, how long will you guarantee film images. Will you charge per hour to do the shoot and then so much per image purchased. What type of insurance will you need? You can find some of the answers on fees at the Bureau of Labor Statistics web page. Who pays for you mileage or will that be included in your service fees? You will also need a portfolio and business cards. There are many more issues involved in the business end of photography, but you get the idea. But don’t let these things discourage you. My friend had very little when he started his business and now lives the life he’s always wanted.
---The older we get, the more excuses we make for not chasing after our dreams. But truth is, goals are attainable at any age.
I am a mom of two working as an Admin Assistant to get bills paid. I have been looking for someone to assist virtually whether it be research, spreadsheets, letters, whatever.
BobbyHume is right...find some people...I am an island myself. I have wanted to start my own business for about 8 years....I do alot of planning and things but I never have anyone to talk to about it and my ideas tend to become stillborn.
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Taking photography classes is good...
My best advice to you as a photographer is to know what your customers want in their photos. My wedding photographer was only ok... but if she had taken some great pictures, I would have recommended her to others. Word of mouth gets around very fast!