Shooting on the Side: Making Money While Working Full-Time

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If you’re looking to place – or keep – one foot in the photography industry while working full-time, there are a number of ways you can earn additional income (and work credits) without forgoing your current job.

For example, consider the small businesses in your area and what needs you might fill. While many aspiring photographers immediately pursue big companies in the hopes of landing a large project, the reality is that those businesses likely have their own resources lined up. It never hurts to pursue big clients, but remember that the smaller ones may end up being your bigger payday. Small businesses with only a few employees are not likely to have their own designated marketing departments, staff photographers and other related resources. Consider how your skills might benefit their businesses and compile a list of potential clients. And remember, follow-through and persistence are key to earning new business!

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