View Full Version : looking to open a digital studio
10-07-2006, 11:18 PM
Hello all, my name is Adam and I would like to start by thanking you for reading my post. I am 24 yrs of age and in love with photography. My mother always told me if you do something you love as a occupation, it will make for a great life. So hear I am after trying many jobs, and careers, clicking away with my camera through it all. I have a chance to start up a studio, and would like some input from people who have experince, on all aspects from props to printers. Is it easier to start of with online printing service? Anything that anyone is willing to tell me. Again thank you for your time, and your help.
10-08-2006, 04:43 AM
First Welcome to the Zo Adam. I would like to invite you to introduce yourself in the coffee house.
Have a look at Our welcome note (http://www.photozo.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=668)
and Board Etiquettes & Rules (http://www.photozo.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3223).
There a lot useful tips on your question just do a search and read.
The best piece of advise I can give you is to study and take as many classes as you can to hone your photography skills.
11-16-2006, 01:53 PM
It is great that you love photography. So does several hundred million other people. It is great that you have a camera. The above do also. It is great that you want to start a studio. I did 25 years ago. But I held onto my "daytime" job for three years to help pay for my "hobby" then I didn't make any money for another two years after that. You will need to STUDY, LEARN from your mistakes, take CRITIQUE of your images without getting mad and expect to be broke for a long time. 85% of all new businesses that started in 2001 never saw their fifth anniversary this year, most didn't see their first. Why? No savings to fall back on during the slow time (January to April) failing to take out taxes, failing to take into account expenses. You must charge at least five times over what something costs you to make a profit (I charge 18 times my cost.) These guys who sell 8 x 10's for $10.00 will not be around long. This busines is not as glamourous as one thinks it is, it is hard work and sometimes quite boring.
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