If you haven't checked out Michelle Schroeder-Gardner's blog:
I highly suggest you head over to her site and take a look.
I just recently stumbled across her site on Pinterest and have been blown away by the amount of really great information she offers.
She recently put out this interview she conducted with Christian of The Click Cartel, a successful New York-based freelance photographer who just came out with a new course teaching others how to make an income by starting a photography business.
First let me start off by saying that I am not getting paid to promote this course, nor am I benefitting financially at all. However, I thought it might be of interest to those of you who already have an interest in photography.
Michelle posted an interview with Christian, (who makes six figures a year as a freelance photographer by the way), because he has just launched a free course for those who are interested in pursuing photography as a business, and a paid course for those who are really serious about pursuing this all the way.
From Making Sense of Cents:
"Christian is an NYC-based photographer working part-time from home and he earns over $100,000 a year. By the first year, he believes that someone should be making between $25,000-45,000 a year with a photography business, depending on their niche and investment of time."
As I read through the interview, ( which is a great read by the way), I was struck by how much work would go into starting a business like this.
So, in my view, this is definitely more suited to those of you who are seriously thinking of starting a freelance photography business, it may not be suitable for those of you who might like to dabble in photography on the side. (But hey, I could be wrong, I often am!)
Still, I know a couple of moms personally who might benefit from a course like this. In fact, they have tried to start their own photography business and have found it difficult to do, which is one of the things that Christian speaks about at length in this interview:
Excerpt from Making Sense of Cents:
"I know you offer products to help others create successful photography businesses and learn how to make money from photography. What can a person learn from your course?
First of all, you won’t find anything like this anywhere. I know because I looked!
This is the course I wish I’d had when starting my business, and that’s why I created it. There’s tons of information online about posing, lighting, backdrops and cameras, but where is the information that tells you how to turn all that stuff into a money-making machine?
I created my course as a step-by-step guide for exactly how I would start a lucrative photography business from scratch as quickly as possible, even if I had very little technical experience. It’s a course for anyone who would like to make money with photography, but needs a step-by-step formula to make it a profitable and fun business.
I start with how successful photographers get 99% of their clients, then move on to the nitty gritty of setting up a photo business for long term success. Next up is finding a niche you love and then getting good at it, while simultaneously building your portfolio, growing your network of clients, and building social proof.
In other words, I teach my students how to get a steady stream of pre-qualified clients.
Other things you will learn include creating promotional assets, systematizing sales, client management and production.
Until now, I’ve only shared my techniques with my one-on-one consulting clients. But after years of being asked to share it with others, I’ve finally decided to give up the goods."
So as you can see, this may be of great benefit to someone who is very interested in starting a photography business and just doesn't know where to start.
If you're not sure it's for you, I suggest taking his free course and see what you think. Whatever you decide, best of luck!
See the full interview :
How To Make $25,000 – $45,000 A Year As A New Photographer November 4, 2016 BY Michelle Schroeder-Gardner at
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