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Starting Your Pet Photography Business

Aug 17, 2007
If you love pets and other animals, starting a pet photography business is possibly a great way to make money, on a steady basis for yourself. A genuine business opportunity.

Not only will you get to make good money, but you will also get to do so while enjoying your job. These two wonderful points are something that everybody is looking for in a career. Do you agree? If you think this is small potatoes just look at some of the fabulous home businesses around the internet world that are based on doggy and kitty care. They are big puppies, pardon the pun, for their owners.

Now before you start a pet photography business there are some key things that you will need to keep in mind. Remember, you cannot simply start a pet business because you like animals. Although, this is another massive benefit for you.

There is more to it than that. If you want to be successful at what you are doing you will need to be the best of the best. The best you can be. Please let me show you how below.

To begin your business look into the local market that you live in. There are two things, distinctly, that you should look at. First of all, are there enough people in your area that will want to use your service?

The bigger the city you live in the better your chances are of getting a lot of business. Are there a lot of well cared for dogs and cats in your area? That is, people who care about their pets? Who might want pictures of and with them?

You will also want to make sure that you do not have excessive competition in this industry. If there is already an established pet business like this in your area you may want to reconsider where you open up shop. This is a targeted niche market for you, and if somebody has already tapped into it you may have a hard time grabbing a share of the market.

To succeed and have a successful photo business you need to be good at taking pictures. That is a bottom line. If you are lacking the skills to take top good photographs nobody is going to pay for your services.

In addition, you will need to have the necessary camera equipment in order to be a success in the pet photography industry. This can be costly, but it is something you need to have to move up in the industry.

Another area, to speak of expenses to consider, is that a good photography business has a professional atmosphere in which clients can bring their pets. You will need to have a good, easy to find, location to do this as well as different props and backdrops. Also, keeping your working area clean and fresh smelling, is an absolute must if you are going to be having pets in and out all day long. Giving off an extra good sense of professionalism is a terrific way to get repeat and referral clients.

Still, another area seldom used in pet photography is to offer to come to client homes to take pictures. Virtually all photographers like to go to pet shops or drug stores to take their pictures. If you create a niche for yourself in this area you will be one step up on your competition. Make or get a clear sign for your business, with your phone number on it, and attach it to your car. You will get easy sales and leads this way. Do what others do not to succeed.

Get picture business cards made, dirt cheap, on the internet by going to Vistaprint and be sure to select a picture, on your business card, with cute dogs and cats on it. Pass out and post these cards at every opportunity for easy sales. Many of us pet lovers will not be able to resist calling you and having just one picture done.

Once you get some customers under your belt make a little cheap brag book, you can get for a dollar at the dollar store, that you can carry around with you. Keep it in your car. Customers will not be able to resist when they see this because they will picture themselves and their own pets in this cute little albums. Ring up more sales this unique way.

Have an article content writing service make a sales letter for you on the internet. You can have one permanent letter made for your specific business for less than $10 total! Print these up cheaply and pass them out. Ask the content writing service to post them on the internet for you with your contact information on them for free. This will, in time, bring you more sales.

Overall, a pet business like this, is a great way to make money in an industry that is interesting, fun and full of love. If you love pets, and have a knack for photography, you should really look into this industry right away. Who knows, you could even carve out a niche in your area and garner lots more clients than you ever thought possible.
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James M. Lowe writes original articles about home business opportunities .
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