Back in July 2013, I left school at the age of 16 but at the time I was also currently on a 12 month work placement with WICID in partnership with my former comprehensive school, Tonypandy Community College.
During my time with WICID, I was thinking about what it would be like to set up my own photography and videography business, as I have always had a keen passion for both interests from a really young age, and I mean young.
Once I completed all my GCSEs, I started looking into setting up my own photography and videography business with some help from Rhys, my placement mentor and also, the Editor of WICID. It was then, towards the end of July that I came up with my business name, MB Photography and Videography.
As some of you might know, but some of you won’t, you have to register yourself and your business as a self-employed business with HM Revenue and Customs, who are a government organisation that deals with business taxes and registrations.
Once I registered with HMRC, I then went looking into insurance and DBS (this is one of the most vital parts of setting up a business). I found a suitable quote for it all and then went ahead to purchase the insurance.
Most people think you need a lot of money to setup a business, but you don’t. I set mine up by just using my weekly EMA payments and few odds and ends of money from family and my part-time job.
In August 2013, I was then officially a legal photography and videography business and then I started purchasing equipment from an online media site. That equipment was my camera, a Canon 1100D, which I must say, is one of the best cameras to buy when starting off.
In October 2013, I undertook my first studio shoot as a business and, may I say, what a great success it was! Following my first studio shoot, I started having a number of bookings leading up to Christmas, meaning I was fully booked in my first few months.
14 months down the line, I’m still going hard with bookings right up to 2016. In the 14 months I have also set up an Entertainments and Events business with a friend of mine from school and college.
So, if you’re looking to start up a business, take my advice and just go for it! Don’t let anyone tell you no. If you need any advice or support, please feel free to ask me or I’m sure Rhys will help you out.
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