Start Your Own Photography Business

Start Your Own Photography Business
Price: 
$140.00

Course Hours: 
25
Instructor: 
Course Type: 
Instructor Led - 4 Weeks Long
  • Description
  • Objectives
  • Outline
  • Materials
  • Approvals
  • System Requirements

Do you love taking photos? Or do you carry your camera everywhere? Our course will help you realize your dream of working from your home at something you enjoy, a home-based photography business. Our students will receive information on every aspect of setting up and running a thriving home-based photography business. You will learn how to estimate your start-up costs, outfit your home studio, market yourself and stay profitable once you are in business. Whether you want to earn your living as a portrait photographer, photojournalist, or product photographer our course will give you the tools you need to prepare for an exciting new career.

* You have 4 weeks to complete this course from date of your enrollment.

** Course Subject to Change.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recall the steps need to get established as a home-based photographer
  • Recognize the financial and legal aspects of owning your own photography business
  • Identify a business plan and how to track expenses
  • List how to manage and market a photography business

Start Your Own Photography Business Module 1
Getting Started as Home-Based Photographer

In Module 1 of our photography business course will discuss the basics of getting started a home-based photographer. We will learn to make basic business decisions regarding amateur vs. professional status, part-time vs. full-time hours and what skills are necessary to begin your career. There are different branches of home-based photography and we will cover each of them before discussing working out of your home and the challenges of separating your business life from your personal life.

  • Amateur vs. Professional
  • Part-time vs. Full-time Photography
  • Acquiring the Knowledge & Skills of Photography
  • Branches of Home-Based Photography
  • Separating Business Life from Personal Life

Start Your Own Photography Business Module 2
Finances & Legal

Module 2 focuses on the financial and legal aspects of owning your own photography business. Financial lessons covered include financial planning, costs, accounts and reports as well as pricing for profit (which can be the most difficult and confusing part of starting your own business!). Legal aspects of owning your own business include sole proprietorships vs. partnerships, LLCs, corporations, and zoning ordinances. Lastly, we will discuss the naming and licensing of your new business, how to hire an attorney and how to purchase insurance.

  • Financial Planning
  • Costs, Accounts & Reports
  • Pricing for Profit
  • Sole Proprietorship & Partnership
  • Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs) & Corporations

Start Your Own Photography Business Module 3
Business Plans, Taxes & Record Keeping

In Module 3 you will be learning about business plans, taxes and record keeping. We begin by discussing how to write a business plan and then move on to the rules of using your home, vehicle and computer in your business. Next we will discuss tracking business expenses and other types of recording keeping. Lastly we will cover taxes and their implications for your business. Computers can be invaluable tools for many aspects of your business and we will explore what type of computer would best suit your specific type of business.

  • How & Why to Write a Business Plan
  • Using Your Home, Vehicle & Computer in Your Business
  • Business Expenses
  • Record Keeping
  • Estimating Taxes & Sales Tax

Start Your Own Photography Business Module 4
Managing & Marketing Your Business

Module 4 aims to teach students about both the managing and marketing of their budding photography business. We will discuss setting business goals and managing productivity to achieve those goals. Storage, filing and retrieval systems are important for accurate record keeping so we will learn about the best way to manage your paper trial or digital records. Another important aspect of your business is PR (public relations) and we will learn about how your website, publicity, promotion and advertising all reflect your image as a business. Growth as a business and planning for the future is also very important in prolonging your career as a photographer so we will conclude the course by discussing the development of new products and services.

  • Setting Goals
  • Storage, Filing and Retrieval Systems
  • Productivity
  • Reputation & Public Relations
  • Website, Publicity & Promotion

Ed4Career is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Career has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Career has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Career is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit www.iacet.org.

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

 

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

While our courses are accessible through multiple mobile learning platforms, some courses may include a CD or DVD with the Textbook, so you may need access to a computer with CD-ROM or DVD Drive.

 

PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player

 

MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player
  • Courses that include a CD-ROM or DVD may require an external drive and Parallels software to view.