Business Idea

Become A Sports Photographer

About

Becoming a sports photographer requires a great deal of effort, dedication, and most importantly passion.

If you're interested in how to sell Sports Photographer, or selling Sports Photographer online, you can use this page as a guide for everything you'll need to know.

Key stats

market size
$9.8B
starting costs
$42.6K
gross margin
50%
avg product price
$75
time to build
180 months
work from home?
Yes

About

Becoming a sports photographer requires a great deal of effort, dedication, and most importantly passion.

If you're interested in how to sell Sports Photographer, or selling Sports Photographer online, you can use this page as a guide for everything you'll need to know.

Key stats

market size
$9.8B
starting costs
$42.6K
gross margin
50%

 

avg product price
$75
time to build
180 months
work from home?
Yes

Startup Costs

Min Startup Costs Max Startup Costs
Office Space Expenses $0 $7,000
Employee & Freelancer Expenses $151 $352
Website Costs $223 $7,215
Business Formation Fees $5,600 $20,400
Equipment & Supply Expenses $66 $700
Retail Business Expenses $1,250 $11,650
Inventory Expenses $350 $14,750
Software Expenses $162 $3,094
Advertising & Marketing Costs $75 $4,786
Total Startup Costs $7,877 $69,947

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Pros & Cons

Pros Description
Flexibility You can put as much time into the business as you'd like. If you like the work and have some initial experience, you can start small and manage all aspects of the business on your own.
Ability to start your business from home It's not necessary to have a physical storefront or office space to get your business started. You can do everything from the comfort of your own home, at least in the beginning!
Scalable With businesses and processes changing daily, there will always be demand for new features, products and services for your business. Additionally, there are several different business models and pricing tiers you can implement that will allow you to reach all types of customers.
Traffic to your website A sports photographer gives people a reason to visit your website and to keep coming back to you!
Meaningful business connections You never know who you will meet as a sports photographer. This could be the start of an incredible business opportunity!
High customer retention rates Once a customer invests in your product, they've invested their time and energy to utilize your product/service which is highly valuable to them. Typically, your product or service becomes indispensable to your customer.
Cons Description
Stressful work This line of work can be stressful for both you and your clients. This type of transaction is a significant financial decision for your client, so expectations are very high for you. Although this career path can be very rewarding, it also comes with its challenges and stressful moments.
Niche Market A niche business is not necessarily a bad thing, in fact, it can be the key to your success. However, it can be more challenging and time consuming to find the perfect niche market and target audience.
High overhead expenses With becoming a sports photographer, there are overhead expenses that come with selling a physical product. You will want to make sure you strategically budget for these overhead costs. We discuss this more in the startup costs section below.
You may need to charge sales tax If you are selling your products in various states, you may be required to charge sales tax. Although this may not impact your financials specifically, it can be a headache to create a process and procedure for this. To learn more about sales tax, check out [this article](https://www.thebalancesmb.com/do-i-need-to-collect-sales-taxes-in-my-state-398913)
Churn In this business, customers can cancel their membership or subscription for your services - which can make revenue forecasting challenging and unpredictable. It's important to focus on your churn rates and trends so that you can prevent this as much as possible.
Time commitment With becoming a sports photographer, all responsibilities and decisions are in your hands. Although this is not necessarily a negative thing, work life can take over at times. This can place a strain on friends and family and add to the pressure of launching a new business.

Marketing Ideas

  • 1

    Affiliate Program

    Affiliate marketing is a great way to bring in a new revenue stream, especially when you don't sell products or services.

    Simply put, an affiliate program is an agreement where a business pays another business or influencer ("the affiliate") a commission for sending traffic and/or sales their way.

    The affiliate typically gets a unique link where clicks and conversions can be tracked.

  • 2

    Direct Sales

    Direct sales strategy implies a direct contact between a seller and a consumer without the involvement of any third party. Direct selling is popular in sectors where sellers communicate with their clientele personally. The sales technique occurs at non-store locations which include at home, work, or online.

    For direct selling to succeed, hire a few (or many) salespeople to support the sales conversion process. It's critical that you assign them specific roles and responsibilities to nurture the client and provide excellent support.

  • 3

    Word of mouth

    Word of mouth is when a consumers reflects their interest in a company’s product or service in their daily dialogues.

    Therefore, word of mouth advertising is essentially a free advertising triggered by the customers experience.

    According to Nielsen, 92% of people trust recommendations from friends and family.

    Therefore, in today’s hyper-connected world, a single recommendation through a word of mouth can have a huge impact to your business.