How Do You Know When You're Good Enough to Charge?

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I hate to tell you this…

But it doesn't matter if you think your photos are good enough to make you money.

And it doesn't matter if you don't think you're photos are good enough to make you money either!

There's really only one way to know if you can make money with your camera – someone (anyone) will tell you that they want to pay you to take some photos.

It might go down like this:

“These photos are really good! Will you do a photo shoot of me and my kids next weekend? I'll pay you for it.”

I'll pay you for it.

You may stumble upon these 5 words by accident – making money from your hobby had never crossed your mind. Or you may have been hunting down your first client for months. Either way it's with these 5 words that you can now begin your new life as a paid photographer (assuming your answer is yes, of course).

I'll pay you for it.

You know what's beautiful about that phrase? Once someone utters those words you now know that, with at least one person, your images are in demand. They are good enough. They are worth something to someone.

And all you really need is just that first person to say those magical words and it could very well be the start of a wonderful business.

So keep working on your craft. Keep shooting and keep sharing – until you find your one person.

After that it's really just a lot of rinse and repeat.

Now it's your turn…

Leave a comment below and tell us how you got (or plan to get) your first paying gig?

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