If you're a photographer who has decided to take the plunge into running your own wedding photography business from home, then you are not alone. In fact, this type of business is growing in popularity as skilled photographers, whether they are professionals or simply love to take photos to spur their creativity, discover that starting their own business is within their grasp. However, there are a number of pitfalls that you need to avoid as you start your own business, and most of them can be avoided by writing out a business plan. Planning ahead and preparation will help you feel more confident about starting your business and will allow you to create a checklist so that you can consider every aspect of your company, its needs, and how you plan to run it in the long term. Here are a few tips how to become a wedding photographer.
Step One: Consider What You Have to Offer
This point is almost as important as your budget, as it will be the basis of your business. Your talent will help get you started, but what can you offer your clients that will make you stand out from other businesses? Can you offer competitive pricing, unique posing ideas, or editing technology that's completely unique? Will you offer your clients a broad range of experience, education, or a mix of both when they ask about your qualifications? This is the step people most often overlook and is one of the main reasons that their small business often fails, as you must understand your own value and skills before you can expect others to want to pay for them.
Step Two: Map Out Your Staffing Needs
Mapping out your staffing needs before you plan your overall budget will help you address how you plan to pay anyone who works for you, what kind of staffing you will need, if any, or, if you plan to work alone, how you will track payments and report your earnings. This phase of your business plan also allows you to work out how and where you can find temporary help for larger gigs when you need it. If your budget will not allow for temporary help, consider offering mentoring and the opportunity of work experience to young photographers who may want to one day start their own businesses.