BUDGET PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS, EQUIPMENT, CAMERA, LIGHTNING
How do I budget for a photo shoot? Do you need tips for doing photography on a budget? When the foundation of your photography business is made and it’s about to go operational, one other piece you must add to the system to make your house stand is the plan to monitor your income and expenditure, a good budget.
Most photographers don’t put this into consideration when planning their business, they are motivated more by their passion than the fact that they should be successful. However, making this mistake always ground their business and allow it to collapse.
The best way to keep a business up and running is by building an effective budget that helps keep track of your financial activities.
Growing Your Photography Business on a Budget
This article will outline the advantages of having a good budgeting plan in the photography business and explain how you can achieve this. So sit tight and let’s help you reshape your business.
STEP 1: NAILING OF THE BASICS
Having the idea of what you are dabbing into will, in the long run, define if your business will be successful or not, as this will help in your decision-making process and in a larger way influence how you make a budget for the business.
Now if you’re going to get your first digital camera in the market, you may actively be influenced by the price of the products you’re seeing, but should that be the only thing to consider? No. Your budget should do the work, be prepared before entering the market not to go higher than set price and not lower than the expected quality.
Without nailing your basics, you might end up falling into the hands of swindlers who will sell the fake product for you at a more higher price making you damage your budget, spending high on the purchase, and having to replace it within few months.
STEP 2: CARVE OUT A STRUCTURED PLAN
With a structured plan, the growth of your photography business is guaranteed. A structured plan will be the simple key that will control how you allocate your resources in the right place and the right way so as to make your business profitable and successful.
You need to identify the direct costs of operation which may include the cost of material, cost of components used for augmenting the business, tips given to those helping you source clients etc. The fixed cost also needs to be considered, like the cost of fuelling generator, rent paid, service charges, advertising charges, money spent on transportation amongst others.
STEP 3: GETTING THE RIGHT CASHFLOW
A detailed cash flow chart or record will also define if you will be successful or not. A cash flow is that record that help shows how resources move both in and out of your business.
You may need to offer free services at times, but when you are tipped again by someone else, you must reasonably use that to cover for the money spent on the free work you did. The money spent on getting the venue after circling the area twice using a commercial motorcyclist etc. All these must be recorded to help regulate and monitor your business.
If the right figures for the income and expenditure are set, then you can detect the exact amount of money you are making. Look at the cost and check if by any means it can be reduced and see if in a way your cash flow will be and directed in the right way.
STEP 4: INVOLVE THE RIGHT SET OF PEOPLE
Experience they say is the best teacher, you cannot but make some little mistakes in your budget when made alone, but this mistakes can be reduced when you consult the right set of people, those termed ‘‘successful’’ who are running business that are reputable, those who have fought budgeting mistakes and survived it.
Correction made to their budget has made them stand tall above others since they get the financial aspect of their business right. Consulting them will be doing you lot of good, even if you need to pay for their service, please do your business success key is probably with them.
Before actualizing your budgeted plans, make sure you share it with them as they will help open your eye to the grey areas where you never thought of, thereby helping you make the needed adjustment which will help you get a near perfect budget.
STEP 5: REVIEW YOUR BUDGET REGULARLY
Your budget will only work effectively if you review and revise them regularly. Especially when your business is growing, you need to adjust so many things like space for working, staffs, the camera you need with a much better specification etc.
The use of up to date budget will make you flexible and allow you to manage your cash flow well and also help identify what is needed.
Reviewing your budget regularly will help you see the need to cut down on your cost and help divert the ‘‘supposed wasted’’ fund in the right direction that will make you productive.
Your business is bound to succeed if you build and prepare the right soil for it. Trust me if your budgeting is right, then your business activities will be coordinated in the best way possible, and each function will be controlled the best way to help you achieve the best result.