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3 Tips to Become a Freelance Photographer

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RSS 19 February 2018
I talk about a lot of freelance professions on this blog...but freelance photography? That is one I have not mentioned about yet.

Until now, where upon settling down to the Freelance Supermarket desk at HQ, I decided that freelance photography was the subject for today.

Regular readers will aware of my opinion of working in creative freelance industries (you need to be careful).

The reason? Because there are a lot of creative freelancers out there who start out and then end up working for free. No Paypal, no cheques in the post, and no bank transfers. FREE!

An organisation was setup last year to help combat this. They went by the name of CIF (Creative Industries Federation) and their mission was to wipe out free work for good and get rid of those stubborn employers who insisted on looking for free work.

Have CIF worked their magic? I'm not sure to be honest, but what I do know is that if you are starting out in a creative industry such as photography then you have to be careful.

The first tip I would give to would be freelance photographers is to apply for as many jobs as possible. One of the reasons why people get into the "free work" mindset is because of scarcity, and then they falsely believe they have to work for no money in order to get their foot in the door.

No! What you should be doing is casting your net wide and finding the good clients who have no problem meeting the rates you set for yourself. This means signing up to freelance job sites, identifying potential clients and contacting them, and even setting up your own website and then ranking in Google.

The next tip I would give freelance photography professionals is to set a schedule and then stick with it. One of the main problems that creative freelancers face is becoming a bit too...well, "creative," to the point where even getting out of bed can seem like too much work.

Instead, what you want to do is consider your goals and then set a realistic schedule that will allow you to get there. Becoming your own boss really is as easy as that, although so many people fail, which is a shame really.

Lastly, I would advise all freelance photographers to keep on learning and getting better. Don't think that just because you have reached a certain standard that it will always be good enough.

The market is always changing and clients demand the very best in photography skills. That means you should always dedicate at least a few hours a week to learning new techniques, attending courses, and practising.

Follow these tips and you are well on your way to becoming a freelance photographer.

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