What to Know Before Going Pro

• Inconsistent paychecks and unpredictable travel schedules.• A need for basic knowledge copyright laws, such as what structures can’t be photographed for commercial purposes.• Giving up your creative vision at times to take shots that pay the bills.• Being able to teach and write about photography to supplement your shooting.

If you're considering quitting your day job and going pro, take a look at Photoproneur's "Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Professional Photographer?" post first. It contains 15 things to consider before taking the plunge, including:

• Inconsistent paychecks and unpredictable travel schedules.
• A need for basic knowledge copyright laws, such as what structures can't be photographed for commercial purposes.
• Giving up your creative vision at times to take shots that pay the bills.
• Being able to teach and write about photography to supplement your shooting.

Of course the list isn't exhaustive, and there are many other considerations not included such as health and equipment insurance, the cost of gas to get to locations, and marketing expenses. Making a living doing what you love can be very rewarding, just do your homework first.
—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger

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