I’ll bet you’ve noticed that I’m not posting photos[1. Here or at Flickr] as often as before.
These past few months, I’ve hung out with my friend, Michael Kang[2. Flickr friends might know him as “Kangster“]. We’ve talked for several hours, and he’s given lots of hands-on help and time with my photography.
Other friends, coworkers, and photographer peers have encouraged me. A few have even took it a step further to pay me for my service. Apparently, I have a gift. I need to use it.
How do I move beyond photography hobbyist? How much do I charge?
I know I need to write what I want to accomplish from the bottom up. (How many of you have a written business plan?) Without that, I won’t know my expenses and how much profit I’d like to make.
Why not charge lower than the competition? You’ll devalue yourself.
How do I build my portfolio? Serve clients/customers pro bono. However, let them know that while you’d normally charge x dollars, you’re giving them a 100% discount to help build your portfolio. At the same time, I can’t just give myself away. I need to feed myself and pay the bills.
Coupled with college, part-time work as a Computer Network Assistant and playing with The Scarlet Paradigm, am I spreading myself too thin?
If I try to make this a full-fledged business, will it just become another job? (I don’t see that happening.)
I realize the magnitude of my questions. There isn’t an easy answer.
Ultimately, I want to help people. If my photography can help you somehow, and you’re not a mooch, let’s talk.