I've been coming back and forth to this website for many years now and I must say that it is one of, if not, the most insightful sites available on the web for people with start-up ideas. A big thank you to everyone on here who takes the time to read every post and offer outstanding advice to those of us looking for a little guidance in entrepreneurialship (is that a word?).
Anyhow, I work as an IT Technician and I make a good income so I'm not looking to leave my 9-5 any time soon. I do a lot of graphical work on the side as a hobby, making logos, banners, and various other graphical images for random people I run into. I use imaging software such as Photoshop and Illustrator exclusively, while trying my hand at Flash and Dreamweaver.
I've never charged anyone for my work and since I keep getting more and more requests for projects, I feel that it is time for me to start my own little side biz in doing what I love.
OK, now that all of that is out of the way, here is my dilemma, if you will. I plan on purchasing a very nice (and pricey) digital camera within the next 2-3 weeks. Not only do I want to create logos and "special ocassion" images, I also want to use my photoshop skills to create different effects with high quality photos. Some photographers take pics of weddings, senior portraits, etc. but I want to have a service that can create great effects with pictures worthy enough for people to purchase photo sessions, etc. This link may better explain what type of effects I can do http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/17249347/?qo=67&q=beautiful&qh=boost%3Apopular+age_sigma%3A24h+age_scale%3A5
My question is, do I advertise as a logo or photography service or both? Is there anything in between i can sell my services as? I need help finding my niche! Thanks for listening everyone.
#2. "RE: New Biz Idea - Need help finding my niche!" In response to Reply # 1
Hey Tina! Thanks for replying. I distinctly remember your name from years ago when I used to browse this forum. =)
Well, as far as showing you anything with photography, it's sort of out of the question right now because I have yet to purchase my camera. For now I have been using material I find on the web or that of which people have sent me.
I have a ton of logos, banners, and flyers that I have done for business and personal purposes of the clients but most of them are nested on my PC at home. I am currently using my work laptop which has some. in fact, I just pieced some of the ones I have together and uploaded it to my server so you can get an idea of what I do. Again, this is not my best work...just a few I have created within the past month or so.
you know, the more i think about it, i can just do photo sessions and give the client a quote for customizations of the picture. i don't really want to do weddings and such, too much pressure to get that one good shot, ya know.
#3. "RE: New Biz Idea - Need help finding my niche!" In response to Reply # 2
Have I been hanging around here that long?
I come and go. it depends on whether or not I have a few minutes to run a note or not. The new subscription emails to the forums make it easier for me to add my 2 cents here and there. I like it. I don't get so much help as I used to, but I give back what I can. This place is a very useful place to be.
I looked at your link. Now those would be logos. Part of the problem of using other people's photos is copyright infringement and you don't want a customer getting sued because their logo includes someone else's photo.
#4. "RE: New Biz Idea - Need help finding my niche!" In response to Reply # 3
Ok wait, let me reiterate what i meant by using material i find on the web.
about 99% of the logos i create are from my own creation. the photos i sometimes grab are for the banners i make like the Alpha Rev one, in which case i took that wing picture from a random Google search i did for "white wings", as you can see on the left hand side of that banner. it was not copy written and if it was, i would have never bothered using it. i make it a point not to use other people's material but in this case it was just some random photo that will never generate a buzz for the purpose it's intended for. logos, however, need to be 100% authentic, and that it what i always aim for.
anyhow, thanks for looking and especially for the wonderful advice! i will keep you updated on how everything goes from this point on! take care.