ack!!!!!!!!!!! my first paid stranger shoot!!!!!!!

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ack!!!!!!!!!!! my first paid stranger shoot!!!!!!!

I'm not in business yet ... but I'm willing to take clients right now for less than I'll charge when I'm full into business. I was contacted out of the blue by a stranger for a maternity shoot - now I have the maternity shoot AND newborn shoot booked. I need to get the contract done and get her to sign and mail me a deposit (as the email history with her has been rough, she was shopping around for sure) to make it solid.

And I have to figure out if I need to properly get an EIN (tax number) or if this falls into the "hobby" category for now. Planning on checking with the small business office this week.

Just thought I'd share my excitement, this feels so real!

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That's awesome!!! Do you know how she got your name and number?

Sorry I have no advice on the legal aspect.

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remember the maternity shoot I did last August? well her mom showed off the pictures to her coworker ... and that's who booked me.

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Awesome!! Word of mouth can do some amazing things. Just think of having 2 moms out there spreading the word!

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Congrats! Word of mouth is the BEST business! My father has ran a VERY successful custom home building business for the last 30 years and has never done ANY advertising because he has always been way too busy to try to get more clients! My mom owns a hair salon and is the same way, never done any advertising and her salon was rated one of the top 3 in their city! I hope to be that successful in my adventures! It's inspiring when that happens.

If I remember right.. if you make less than like $500 a year it's a "hobby" or something like that... Its been a LONG time since I discussed that with our cpa but when I was babysitting before I opened up my daycare if I made less than a certain amount within a certain time period you do not have to claim it. In all honesty, the money I do make is VERY little and always in cash and I have only used money I made to upgrade equipment.. it's not "income" to me yet so I don't mess with it since my "hobby" actually costs me way more than I'm making. When I officially open for business, then I will start more serious on the business end.

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Good for you Gwen!! I can't comment on the business aspect (canada vs u.s.) but i registered my business name and got all my "business" paperwork in order so that I wouldn't run into problems when ordering prints for clients. It did allow me to claim my camera and some other equiment on this year's taxes tho so that was a nice bonus. Smile I can't wait to see the images you get from your shoot!!

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Congrats Gwen! Cant wait to see what you come up with. You are so ready for this step! I waited to get my tax # until I was really going strong. That probably is not the best advice either, but I didnt want to get it and then have something go wrong and me not be in business anymore. I havent had time to comment on all the posts lately, but Ive been lurking!

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That AWESOME!!!! I can't wait to see some of them! I used to sell Creative Memories (scrapbook stuff) and as long as I made under a certain amount I didn't have to claim it. But I also couldn't claim any loss or buisiness costs that way either. I never worried about it since I did so little with it. Good luck! I'm so excited for you!

And some of you REALLY need to live closer to me. I would come to you in a heart beat for a family shoot or just of the girls alone.