SunnyOctopus wrote in post #11099689
There are no contracts involved. I'd offer a full refund and my sincerest apologies, though that is a concern still...
My camera has a built in flash. 8 D
What is the minimum gear you would suggest I have?
You're sort of raining my parade, but I appreciate the input, and I will look look into threads here.
Sunny, no one is raining on your parade. No need to play the victim.
I can say this with confidence.....come back in one year, after doing 'business', and you'll have a different perspective on what your attitude was in this thread, so far...
Having said that.....Here's some sage advice.....An ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure.
I grew up in a family business, but went a few different directions on my own, till I started in my own business 16 yrs ago. I'm 43 now.
The best advice I was ever given, was to get two things:
1- A good accountant.
2- An even better lawyer.
Here's a little harsh reality:
"Ignorance of the law, is not a 'defense', in court."
You are not a lawyer, but the people who will be suing you, will more than likely have consulted one.
Don't think you might get sued?
And the ones who are the most likely to sue you, are the 'bargain' shoppers.
Better to err on the side of caution, than become a statistic.
There are plenty of places you can get 'templates' for starting a small business. From your local book store, to the internet.
Do yourself a favor, and be disciplined and organized from day one.
Learn how to use a spreadsheet and track your hours/miles/costs etc...
Here's a real important one..... Draw up a business plan, and stick it on your fridge.
Trust me, it's a big deal. It keeps you focused, and on track.
If you are serious about getting into business....act like it, and people will take you more seriously.
Draw up a contract ageement, so that there are no ambiguities as to what you will be providing to the customer for the agreed upon fees, and clearly state that the customer agrees not to hold you personally responsible for any unforseen problems.
It may not completely save your bacon, but it can minimize your risk, should they try and sue you in the event of a problem.
People invest a lot in weddings, and take them very seriously. Don't find out the hard way, just how serious they are.
Don't advertise 'cheap'. Advertise 'attractive rates and packages'.
Selling a 'cheap' rate is easy. Anyone can do that. It doesn't make you special, or a more appealing photographer.
It objectifies you as 'cheap'.
Not as 'skilled', or as 'professional'.
Just as 'cheap'.
And there will always be someone 'cheaper'.
That's not a good foundation to build a reputation on, IMO.