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Running a photography business

The creative industries lend themselves very well to freelance work and photographers in particular can work effectively for a wide range of businesses and clients independently.

But to run a photography business from home or become a freelance photographer, you’ll need to have some basic business knowledge before you can start up properly.

Tips for freelance photographers

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the average salary of a freelance photographer in the UK in 2016 according to*

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of those in the photo-imaging discipline are freelancers, according to Skillset*

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the average starting salary for a photographer*

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Running a photography business from home

Nearly half of photographers in the industry are freelancers who are involved in all kinds of work, from weddings to media photography, often working long hours and independently.

If you’re thinking of starting up as a freelance photographer but don’t know where to begin, our Small Business Knowledge Centre could help.

From your legal responsibilities of working with the public, to bookkeeping and your tax obligations, we’re here to support you in your enterprise and help you find the right insurance for your business.

Take a look at the articles below to get started with setting up your business, or click here to find out more about our small business insurance options.

Small Business Knowledge Centre