I haven't wrote beginner advice on my blog before but maybe it will help someone!
You have this camera. You love taking pictures and you think hey why not try to make a business out of something you love.
Well the number one mistake I see people make is throwing up that OPEN sign before they are ready. So my advice is this...
1. Take time to learn and master your camera AND your post processing software.
I see so many people who spend the time and money to set their business up, only to fold in the overflow of photographers. Research the competition heavily and then when you (and others) feel you are truly ready to compete, launch your business with a bang!
*If you find yourself shooting in the safety of auto mode then you may need more time with your camera.
2. Build a portfolio of images that you can recreate.
If you find yourself sharing luck shots that you don't know how you pulled off, take them down. Consumers want consistency and when you can't deliver they can be nasty.
3. Be ready for criticism
People can be nasty. Don't get discouraged when the client (or others) don't like your work. I have personally not faced harsh criticism, but there are photographers out there that are not so nice to the newbies.
4. Continue to expand your knowledge.
There is so much to learn in the ever evolving world of photography. Don't get comfortable in your ways.
5. Truly LOVE what you are doing!!!
Photography is not something you can jump into just for money. If you don't have a genuine love for it, then it is not for you.