Giving up the day job - permanently!!??

posted on 25th of july, 2007
>In December 2005, I quit my day job as a teacher - my aim was to do stock photography full time.

The beginning of 2006, I went back to college to learn about setting up a business - keeping accounts, advertising, how to keep the tax man happy...that sort of thing. It was all very interesting - and I finally set up Art Splat Designs in April 2006.

As for designing, and photography - I guess I've learnt along the way - and I'm still learning.

It's hard work working for yourself, but "giving up the day job" can be done.

But can it be done on a permanent basis?

Well for this moment in time, I guess the answer is no.

Having had a great start at working for myself, I moved house - to the south coast of the UK. It's expensive to live down here...

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Comments (4)

Posted by Shaileshnanal on August 08, 2007
Basically this has to be tackled little seriously. Whom would u call as a successfull photographer naturally the one whose images are sold in increasing nos. Sothat now there are following conditions to be fullfilled.

(1) U need to have more pictures online.
(2) Subjects U need to have wide range.
(3) Equipment: U need to have top class equipment which will beat the time factor.
(4) Thorough Research: It will tell u what are the subjects which gets sold out more often.
(5) Total command over digital darkroom: U need to save ur pictures by making them tick in photoshop.
(6) Total attention: IF all 6 are being fulfilled u only have to give it more time and focus.

I see no reason why it should not be a paying profession.
Posted by Boojoo on July 27, 2007
I exactly did the same thing
quit my full time well paid job and got my own design and photography company.

well worthed
I earn more than ever

so go for it, first 6 months,, hardest
but you will see how beautiful having the freedom

Posted by Lisamarie on July 26, 2007
I wish you the best of luck! They say the secret is to find something that you love to do and figure out a way to get people to pay you to do it. Looks like you figured that out already! :D

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