Here is a list of everywhere our business money goes throughout the year…where our benjamins go. I took this straight from our tax excel sheet.
When we were contemplating being professional photographers we thought it was the perfect business because we already had cameras and what else did we need, right? Super cheap, right? So, yes this business is cool because you don’t have to buy everything all at once like you might for starting say a retail store or restaurant but it really does get quite pricey to have everything you need to do it right.
Yes, we could delete some of these companies that we hire but that would make our job harder and take more time away from us spending time to bring in new clients. We are very careful with who (whom) we hire. We aren’t frivolous with our money but we do treat our clients right.
So, if your New Years Resolution is to start a professional photography business then here are the things to consider. I’m not trying to overwhelm you one bit but I do want you to go in with your eyes open.
I dearly love this business and want you to be as happy in this industry as I am (no grumps allowed) ;).
Yes, we haven’t had to spend as much on gear this year as we have in the past which is fabulous. My dream for 2014 is a new 200 lens and to upgrade my camera. I’d also like to go on a photography workshop retreat somewhere nice. Maybe I can find one in Florida!
I’m sure this list has gotten your brain waves flowing. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Happy New Year!
expo tacoma, seattle, hollywood
office supplies: ink, paper etc.
client/vendor gifts: tissue paper, boxes, ribbons, tissue paper, stationary,chocolates, x-mas
toll bridge fees
coffees, appetizers etc. at initial consultation
expo booth rental
Minuteman Press (expo flyers)
postage, boxes, envelopes
NW Fine Art: prints, DVDs, canvases etc.
gear: speed light, tripods, batteries etc.
SEO Fenix Aaron
Creative live downloads (continuing ed)
Nikon (tune-ups, repairs)
Costco 4×6 prints (marketing)
flights/hotel/rental car etc. to hawaii, Tennessee