This year, I plan on going full-tilt towards establishing my business. I had dreams about it ever since I got my camera. I have been scared by the non-camera related aspect of the business. Now, no more excuses, I will make it happen. Except, I'm going into this blind, with no business-owning experience.
My steps so far:
- Website (which is still under construction)
- Model Release Forms
- Registering my business with the State of Pa
- Getting a Sales Tax License
- Price List
- Designed my logo
- Setup email using my domain name
- Business cards
- Purchasing Invoices / Receipts
- Separate bank account
- System of document/forms/invoices and other record keeping
- Lots of unknown steps
I need assistance. To all the already established photographers: Please tell me (in-depth preferably) everything that you do behind the scenes, the business end excluding actually taking the photos. I'm interested in what forms your clients see, what forms you fill out for your own record, what software you use, what you carry with you for on-location work. Even down to equipment used if you want (folders containing different things, messenger bag/briefcase for carrying documents and etc.)
A step-by-step workflow would be great!
The more info the better. Thanks in advance.