If you’re thinking about starting a photography business, which direction would be right for you? Will that approach work where you want to have your business? How can you find out more?

We’ve grouped the following resources together as a starting point for your research into what it would take to start your own photography business. In addition to the free content (such as sample photography business plans that you can read in full online), you will also find links for additional tools and products to help you move from the “where do I begin?” research step to the “how do I get started?” step — when you’re ready.

Photography Sample Business Plans

Looking for inspiration? Check out our photography sample business plans. See how others like you got started and turned their business idea into a reality. These plans can be read fully online, and are available in LivePlan.

Photography Studio Sample Business Plan (Full plan online)
Phoebe’s Photo Studio will meet the needs of professionals and their families to capture the special moments in their lives and present them in the best light. PPS makes professional-quality photographs easily available in a digital format by using a pricing structure that makes their digital photographs a household staple and by making it fun for their clients to have their portraits done.

Pet Photography Sample Business Plan (Full plan online)
A small business aimed at bringing a smile to every pet owner’s face when they see their beautiful family member captured in a stunning portrait, Adorable Pet Photography will offer a wide variety of products, such as: formal studio portraits, location portrait sessions, holiday candid photographs, portrait finishes, and framing.

Start a Business Resource Kit

Looking for more resources to help you start your photography business? This free online business planning toolkit includes a presentation by business planning guru Tim Berry, a set of business calculators, sample business plans and more. Launch the toolkit

Articles on Starting a Business

In addition to the home-based business and marketing sample plans above, the following articles address many of the common types of questions entrepreneurs have about starting a business. No matter what type of business you’re interested in, you will find these articles to be helpful.

Reducing Risk for a Startup Business
How do you transition from employment to self-employed entrepreneur without losing your shirt? That is a fundamental question….

No Money? No Problem!
Is it possible to start a business without money or collateral? Anything is possible…

The Right Business For You
If you want to work for yourself, but don’t have a particular business in mind, you’re probably wondering what kind of business you should start. Fortunately, the answer is always the same…

Top 15 Questions from SCORE
1. What kind of person makes a successful entrepreneur? …

Additional Sample Plans Available in LivePlan

These, and other sample business plans, as well as the fully viewable plans listed above, are available in LivePlan.

Dog and Cat Kennel Sample Business Plan
Executive summary (excerpt only)
Noah’s Arf will provide high-level animal care and customer service in the following categories: Overnight care, Day care, In-home care, Wash your own pet, Pet grooming, Animal behavior classes, Pet portraits.

Video Production Sample Business Plan
Executive summary (excerpt only)
Michael’s Video Service uses the latest technology to provide video production services. This means that the services provided achieve a level of quality previously reserved for only the most expensive video production companies.

Video Documentation Service Sample Business Plan
Executive summary (excerpt only)
Safe Keeping will address people’s concern over protecting their property. Safe Keeping will go into businesses and private residences and make a video/photo record of all the belongings in that business and residence.

Photography Studio Industry Report

Get valuable financial intelligence and industry trends in a photography studio industry research report, which provides five years of financials, business ratios, and more. Better yet, these industry reports are available at the U.S. national, state, and even county level, so you can really understand the local competitive environment. Start your market research the easy way.

Read a sample industry report as a PDF

Browse industry research reports and search under “Business Services (73)” and subcategory “Commercial Photography (7335).

How to Finance a Business Start-up Kit

Get all the details you need to find financing sources. The kit contains details about various loan programs, venture capital funding advice, pages and pages of contacts, and much more.

Want to start a small business, but not sure where to start? Get the professional tools and guidance you need with our all-in-one business start-up kits. Each kit features LivePlan software plus an informative binder with detailed information and advice on your specific business type.

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