RacingThoughts wrote in post #10828874
I am hoping this book will allow me to get started quicker Instead of spending countless hours scouring forums for answers to these questions.
Don't waste your time on forums for business advice. I've found most of it counter to advise offered by those well entrenched into the industry, and with real world experience under their belt. Might as well go right to the source!
Here is a short list of books in my library that I've read, recommend, and are recommended by many within the industry. Read these and you'll be way head even if you spent 10 times the amount of time reading forums. Plus, its already organized, indexed, you can add notes to the pages and store it on your bookshelf for future reference
Advertising Photography: a straight forward guide to a complex industry
(highly recommended, also goes well with BlinkBid and Fotoquote software. Same author/company)
The Real Business of Photography
Richard Wesigrau and Victor S. Pearlman
How to Succeed in Commercial Photography
Best Business Practices for Photographers
Professional Business Practices in Photography
ASMP, seventh edition
Pricing Photography: The complete guide to Assignment and Stock Prices
Michael Heron and David MacTavish
Professional Photographers Survival Guide
Charles E. Rotkin
(older, but relevant with interviews from industry notables)
The Big Picture: Professional photographers guide to Rights, Rates, and Negotiation
Lou Jacobs Jr.
The Business of Commercial Photography
(older book, but worth a read)
Photographers Legal Guide
Carolyn E. Wright
Diary of a Small Business Owner
Anita F. Brattina
(perspective of a small business owners struggles)
LLC or Corporation?
Attorney Anthony Mancuso
(older, but gives the AD's perspective)
(note for internet police: I have no affiliation with any of the authors, nor any financial interest. I am soley responseible for my spelling erros, typeos, and gramar misteaks. I can be opinionated but do so in good faith)