I got a chance to shoot a bday party, baby portrait, corp event. And wondering where do I go from here.
Started a site (work in progress) but just not sure where to invest next for props advertising etc. any suggestions would be helpful
Could have used props for the baby. Could have used a macro for the baby but want to spend my money wisely. Gear is in my sig.
I was in the same situation a while ago. So for the calendar year 2013 I went ahead and got myself a business license/tax ID (state and fed), hooked up with a local chamber of commerce to have my business plan reviewed (for free), set up my zenfolio site accordingly (maybe not the pretties/most artistic way of having a site, but very time efficient to get results and an included shopping cart with lots of control) and had a bunch of business cards printed (cheapo vista print option).
Things turned out to be too busy really otherwise to follow through with some of my original plans so the only thing I've done since is do some shoots for charity. But things will change again and that way I have everything available to add a bit more of a side business that way.
One thing I learned along the way is that some towns/cities might want to charge you business/property taxes based on the value of your gear/business. You might want to check that.
The other thing is that having insurance (especially liability not so much the gear) can be very important for some kind of work. I haven't done that yet because it's very expensive here in MA. But the minute you shoot events, weddings and such I guess it's important in case anyone sues you for tripping over your camera bag or whatever.