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Mar 23, 2010 17:07 |  #1

HEY GUYS, I NEED YOURE HELPPPP!

ok here is how it is...

im 23, i currently work in a photography studio and i know the ins and outs like the back of my hand, i pratically run the show and its boomin all the time, i used to do the shoots myself but i became manager and the boss has employed a guy to fill in on the shoot, but that doesnt matter

what matters is im 23 as a said and i am planing on opening a studio of my own as well as doing framing and other art deco kinds of what have you.

at the moment i own all the framing equipment to run a framing company and i currently supply frames to my boss for the studio so already i have custome there.

i think im rambling a little

all i really want to know is what are the main things i need to start out on my own like i mean legal aspects and so on.


this may be a pointless thread but im going to go a head and click submit anyway


and also if anyone out there that is self employed and running your own studio set up, a few pointers would be great!!!!


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Mar 23, 2010 17:36 |  #2

Take business classes. Buy a few books on business plans. Talk to a few local entrepreneurs. The business aspect will kill you if you don't respect it.


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Mar 23, 2010 17:38 |  #3

You may have signed a non-compete agreement with the company. Make sure you didn't before you pursue this any further.


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Mar 23, 2010 17:47 |  #4

Ditto to shphoto. A good businessperson who is a mediocre photographer will usually succeed before a great photographer who is a mediocre businessperson. Stay on as manager for a while You've learned the shooting end of the business. Apply the same enthusiasm (or tolerance anyway) to the management end.


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Mar 23, 2010 17:49 |  #5

You are on right track, as other posters suggested, handling camera and running a business are 2 different skills, as you said you are good at the first so get some exposure by reading books, attending some classes to know more about running a business. You also need to get a business licence... Good Luck


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Mar 24, 2010 15:19 |  #6

capturephotography wrote in post #9856720 (external link)
all i really want to know is what are the main things i need to start out on my own like i mean legal aspects and so on.

The answer to that depends on exactly where you are in the world.

If I was being a git, I'd assume that, as you haven't mentioned it - you're from the US :rolleyes:.

But even then I believe different States have different rules for this kind of thing.

As others have said, running a successful business is more about business than the widgets you're selling. People contemplating self-employment often concentrate on the widgets, as they believe that their expertise with widgets makes them suitable to make enough money.


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