Are you thinking of taking your photography side hustle seriously and going full-time? Before you rush and quit your job, consider doing the following things.

 

  1. Save money. Save enough to get you by at least 6 months without making any money. It doesn’t mean you won’t make any money in the first 6 months, but it will take the pressure off of you to take random photography jobs you don’t want to do.
  2. Invest in equipment. It’s easier to make investments while you still have a steady income coming in. Make a list of everything you need to get started and get the essentials. You don’t need a lot of stuff, but you need to have the basics – like a good full-frame body.
  3. Tell your friends. Tell as many people as you can what you’re going to do. Start spreading the word as quickly as you can, that way when you quit your job, you will already have a few jobs lined up (I promise!).
  4. Take baby steps. Take small steps to build your business before you quit. Start an Instagram, open a Facebook page, research website providers. Dedicate free time to working towards your dream.
  5. Build a portfolio. Start building your dream portfolio before you quit. Show your photos to friends and family. You will have content for your website and social media once you decide to go full-time.
  6. Hire a business coach. If I could change anything about how I started my business, I would talk to someone who has already done it instead of trying to figure it all out on my own. If you’d like to have a free consultation call, feel free to DM me. I’ll be excited to help!