Build a Photography Business in 24 Hours

For all you photographers out there who want to sell your photos, I'm here to get you started. I recently put my own photography business together called Auer PhotoWorks, and I wanted to share with others how I did it. If you follow my story, you'll see that it's not a difficult task and you can be up and running in no time. Less than 24 hours if you've got your act together.

Over the last week, I've posted a resource for each of the items below. If you're interested in doing this business thing, just follow each step and you'll have the information you need to get started. I cover all the basics from photos, software, online and offline business essentials, financial tools, and marketing. Again, these are just starter resources, so you may want to do some additional research to bring your comfort level up.

  1. Photographs
  2. Gallery Software
  3. Hosting Company
  4. Domain Name
  5. Trade Name
  6. Bank
  7. $500

Optional (suggested) items:

  1. Merchant Account
  2. Accounting
  3. Marketing

If you follow the steps, there's a chance that you'll end up with your very own starter business that you can grow into something profitable. I'm not saying you should quit your day job yet, but it'll be a start down the right path if you'd like to get into photography as a career. I'm not a professional photographer either, but I've got my ambitions.

If there's anybody out there that followed any of my advice and started their own gallery, TELL ME!

I'd love to see it. I'd also love to hear from you and get some feedback on the advice I offered you. If you'd like, I'll also review your site on my blog and give out a link. Even if it takes you a month to get going, get a hold of me when you've got it together.

Photo of the Day…

Swiss Alps Beyond Lake Neuchatel

Photo by Brian Auer
03/05/07 Neuchatel, Switzerland
Swiss Alps Beyond Lake Neuchatel
Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
Konica Minolta AF DT 18-200
300mm equiv * f/6.7 * 1/350s * ISO100