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Start Me Up - Turn your passion for photography into a business - part 4 of 1 2 3 4 5

by Gavin Stoker Published 01/12/2011

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Alternatively if your specifics aren't covered by those two, a unique custom-built website starts from a very reasonable £500 + VAT, with optional £10 per month site hosting or £100 per year. For anyone with a website already who would like to bolt on a proofing and sales facility, the charge is £20 + VAT per month. Phosys make the point that since web design is their trade, even if you can't find an option that fits in their structured packages, they will be able to tailor a solution to suit.

Managing your business and protecting your assets

Like the idea of going it alone but wonder if your organisational skills are up to scratch? Save yourself the need to employ a secretary, courtesy of Light Blue business management software for photographers. Now in Version 3.3 and compatible with PC and Mac, the package has been described as the 'management software equivalent of Photoshop'. Designed to put a little bit of joy back into the soulless world of admin for all types of photographers, from one-man bands to busy studios, Light Blue is aimed at helping you keep on top of shoots, contacts and orders - in other words it can help streamline the day-to-day running of your photographic business.


As with any business it pays to start off on the right foot and cross the 't's and dot the 'i's. One of those i's is for insurance, and one of the specialist insurance brokers out there for photographers is Aaduki Multimedia. Its 'USP' is that it will tailor cover to suit the individual based on products from a range of insurers rather than imposing one policy.



Aaduki will insure photographic equipment for loss and damage, whether you're a professional, part time photographer or even an amateur. It also offers public and employer's liability - covering injury to third parties or third party property - plus professional indemnity, to protect against getting sued or damage to your work preventing you from delivering the job to a customer's standards, for those based in the UK. What's more it also offers an exclusive SWPP member price of £115 that includes £2 million public liability and £75,000 professional indemnity.To see how Aaduki's rates and cover might work out for you, there's the opportunity to get an instant quote 24 hours a day via its website.

Another option when it comes to photographic insurance is to source a quote from Towergate Insurance, which offers a specific 'Camerasure' policy to amateur photographers, semi-pros and professionals, quotes for which can be sourced online (see side panel for details) or alternatively Start Me Up'Tax doesn't need to be taxing' runs the old adage, and neither does the process of getting yourself set up in business as a photographer - as long as you know the resources to turn to says Gavin Stoker Looking to turn your passion for photography into a business, or ramp up your status from semi-pro to fulltime pro? Starting anything new can be daunting - but not if you have a helping hand to guide you. Fortunately that's where we come in, this article being aimed at providing a quick overview of the aspects you need to consider to get set up and trading as a professional photographer.


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