Did I get your attention? Great! now the good news is running a business is not too hard, for some it would freak them out.
Thank goodness for social media, blogging and sites that are now dedicated to helping fellow photographers to gather information, to guide them through what can be sometimes a rather hectic process. All I can say is take a breath, relax and start going through the list, ticking off one thing at a time.
So here are some links I have found to hopefully ease the pain and set you on your way.
What I find helpful about this site first of all is that a free ebook of information is available for download. It gives an insight into other photographers dealings with starting up a business in photography. Second part of the book looks into the basics of planning your finances and how to create an appropriate business entity.
Worth a look if your interested in a simple breakdown of what is necessary.
The link above provides primarily a look into what is needed to market yourself, figuring out what sort of specialised photography you want to work in.
It also talks about building your portfolio and online marketing which are both are hugely important aspects of starting a business. This is a very straight forward look into building a business, and does inform you of what you need to know and why without the complications.
I really enjoyed this site for a few reasons; it’s a photographers perspective on starting up your business, it looks into what your strengths and fears are before you begin. And finally reasonable questions and lists to yourself about the whys and whats.
I would recommend this blog if you have questions that you want answered before you get down to the nitty gritty stuff.
This site was pretty blunt, but it was useful with aspects around knowing your camera gear before taking on jobs, working on better processing methods,finding clients that will pay for your work and so on. Pretty painless and easy to read.
Last link is more aimed at wedding photographers, but has its place when it comes to what is needed to get your business running. I found this site to be more detailed with a clear breakdown of categories, which link from one section to another. If you require more in depth answers this is the site to look at.
I hope this gives those photographers who are ready to take the plunge in running a business an idea of what is required. Good luck folks!