Getting Started with your Home Based Photography Business

When I first started with my photo business, getting clients was my main concern. I didn’t have much of a marketing budget, so I needed a way to find clients that was easy and inexpensive.

Lucky for me, I still had a “day job.” I went to my boss and asked if I could set up a small display in the faculty lounge. She said yes, so I set up a small table with some nice framed 8×10s and a couple of small portfolios. I added some price lists and business cards, too.

The price lists were specially made just for my co-workers, so they knew they were getting a discount. If you do this, mention your “regular” prices, and then state that your co-workers will receive a discount of a certain percentage.

By the end of the first day, I had 5 appointments scheduled, with many more to come in the following weeks and months. My co-workers became my regular customers, and they also brought me a lot of business through word of mouth advertising.

If you don’t have a day job, then you can also do this at your church, your child’s school, your play-group, your child’s day care, or even your spouse’s place of work.

Just remember, it is best to start with who you know!

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12 Responses to “Getting Started with your Home Based Photography Business”

  • AndrewBoldman:

    Great post! Just wanted to let you know you have a new subscriber- me!

  • Katy:

    Pretty nice post. I just came across your blog and wanted to say
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  • Diane:

    I am considering starting a photo business. Have limited knowledge on picture taking, but have a good camera and enjoy using it. Any advice on minimum equipment required would be helpful.

  • Steve Noel Sr.:

    Steve Noel Sr….

    Your topic What kind of business opportunity that have good prospect and … was interesting when I found it on Saturday searching for easy home based business as I also have articles and information posted on this subject. Thank You… Best Regards St…

  • Ron Pane:

    Ron Pane…

    It’s refreshing to finally find relevant best home based business information with all of the “fluff” and hype floating around on the web. Thanks!…

  • katie:

    currently i am a studio manager for a retail branch but looking forward to eventually starting my own business.. I have already purchaged you gold package and looking forward to what the new year brings for both you and I.
    thanks for the help and inspiration.

  • Ellen:

    thnx for your post, it ecourages me more!

  • TheBestSpinner:

    Well I must say, it’s about time I found a decent site with good info on what I was looking for. Great job on the site and the post. Thanks

  • Ramon Bernbeck:

    Interesting this is how some see it. Thanks for a insightfull article.

  • Dave Meir:

    Diane and others interested in starting their home based studios. My first suggestion would be to specialize - especially if this is not income you MUST have right now. Only photograph babies in black and white or only do high school seniors on location - pick one segment that you can get really good at and keep working it. Will you eventually do other things - of course - but it helps to become “known” for a certain style.
    Don’t go in debt buying equipment - believe me - I did and it was a long road out. There is so much you can do with a minimum of equipment. For some of my outdoor work I use a reflector I made out of foil covered insulation board you can get at Home Depot. AND - it’s designed so you don’t need an assistant to hold it!!!;-)
    Just a couple of random thoughts.

  • Angel:

    I ordered your CD for starting a photography business and portrait parties a few years ago. I had a computer crash and lost it all. Will I have to pay for it all over again? I couldn’t find an email address to contact you.

  • admin:

    Angel, I just sent you an email. Thanks!

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