I’m a full-time photographer, I take photos for a living. It’s my main source of income. Its how I pay the rent, keep the lights on and put food on the table. The problem when you work for money, specifically when you get paid for your photography, is that you are no longer in full control.
We recently published the account of Internet “entrepreneur” Dan DaSilva who was successfully sued for $27,000 (plus $10,000 in court fees) by a photographer over copyright infringement (click here for the original article: Internet “Entrepreneur” Shocked that Copyright Owner Sued Him for Stealing their Work).
While most were quick to jump on Dan in a pretty negative group pile-on, one of the more interesting allegations that Dan makes is that he is really the victim of copyright trolling.
In this article, we will look at what exactly a copyright troll might be and why the internet might have been a little overzealous in it’s condemnation of Dan DaSilva.
Bookkeeping is unfortunately one of those tasks that all creative professionals have to keep up with in order to stay in business.
At it’s core, bookkeeping is simply maintaining a list of income and expenses. Things get a little more tricky when you have to then categorize your income and expenses for tax purposes – but it doesn’t have to be a horrible time sucking task.
In this article I will highlight a few of the bookkeeping accounting software options available for freelance creative professionals, and how they fit into my business workflow.
There’s nothing like the new year to start things off on the right foot. Unlike making a New Year’s resolution to go to the gym or give up gluten, this year I’ve prioritized the top three photography business tasks that I want to get done the first month of 2017.[Read More…]
If you’re a creative professional, chances are you have a number of hard skills that should make it ridiculously easy for you to make money online.
But there’s a catch…it is very difficult to make enough money for long enough to truly earn a living based solely on online revenue sources.
In this article, I will explore some of the opportunities available to creative professionals to generate income online, and some of the reasons why it’s so hard to earn enough money to truly make a living.
I have been using PayPal for almost all my business transactions for years now – however, I recently had to (briefly) open an old fashioned business bank account for a special project I was working on.
I was amazed at how expensive and useless a regular business bank account is compared to PayPal!
There were service charges for everything, on top of a monthly fee – and I couldn’t do half of the things I’m used to doing with ease with PayPal.
Now obviously, if you’re a large corporation, there are reasons why you might need an old fashioned business bank account – but for the vast majority of sole proprietor creative professionals and other small business owners, PayPal is a much more useful alternative to traditional banking.
Here are three reasons why I use PayPal for my business banking and not a old fashioned business bank account…
I have been thinking a lot recently about the direction that I want to take my photography business, and this week I came across two really interesting ways of looking at career advice for creative professionals.
First, there is the “do what you love” genre of career advice for creatives. Then, there are statistics.
For the sake of this article, lets call them fantasy and reality.