In the last two years I've been amazed by how many people thank me for helping getting them started in creating a new job for themselves in real estate photography. I now spend a significant amount of time just answering questions about how to get started in real estate photography, what to charge and all the issues surrounding getting started. I enjoy it immensely and love hearing from people in this business all over the world. Just the other day I talked to Babs in Largos, Nigeria who is building a real estate photography business and website in Largos.
Helping people get started in real estate photography as independent photographers has become the primary focus of this blog, my eBooks and it is taking over my life! But I'm not complaining. I enjoy helping people get started.
In this era of 10+% unemployment having a job where you are in control of your own future and you are not going to get laid-off because some institution needs to cut it's budget is a huge survival advantage. On the other hand it can be pretty scary if you've spent your life working for "the man". If you work for yourself, your future is TOTALLY up to you. This observation is coming from someone who worked for "the man" (Boeing) for 35 years. As a technical manager I had to preside over several layoffs. And this experience had a lot to do with my leaving Boeing. After I left Boeing and joined my wife Levi in real estate it didn't take me long to realize I should never have waited 35 years to start working for myself.
For those thinking about becoming independent be careful. Any business takes a year or so to become established. Make sure you have a transition plan with income that will get you through that first year or so of start up. Real estate photography works in most areas but in some more rural areas it doesn't work as well as it does in large metro areas. Also take a look at my principles for starting a career in real estate photography. There is a huge number of people moving towards being independent and real estate photography is just one of the options.