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 me...at 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 - and although I make enough to pay the bills, it doesn't quite stretch as far as a luxury holiday abroad, or a new car, if i wanted one - whilst paying the bills at the same time.
So...basically, I want to know:
Is it possible to completely live off stock photography in the long term?
How many hours work is really needed in order to "put food on the table" and still make enough for all those extra special things?
How can I improve even more?
Follow my blog as I attempt to find the answers to these questions...and much more besides!