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  • Writer's pictureNick Cody

How to Write a One Page Photography Business Plan

If you’re thinking about starting a photography business, I highly recommend writing out a business plan. You have probably read about business plans being long, detailed documents that layout every single contingency for the future business. We’re not doing that here. My goal is to have you identify the core components of your business and start to take action as soon as possible. That’s why I’m covering how to put together a one page business plan for your photography business. Let’s dive in.

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Key Components of the One Page Business Plan


Bookmark this section and write it last. I included it at the beginning of this list because it is arguably the most important. Think of your summary as your elevator pitch to other people asking about your business. You don’t need to ramble about non-important items, you want it to be concise and to the point. What does your business do? More importantly, what problem does your business solve?

Business Description

Begin by providing a brief but compelling description of your photography business. Clearly define your niche, whether it's wedding photography, portrait photography, commercial photography, or any other specific area. Highlight your unique selling points and what sets you apart from competitors. Include your area of service, hours of operation, and a basic business organizational chart if you plan on having any employees or temporary workers.

Market Analysis

Conduct a thorough analysis of the photography market in your area. Identify your target audience, such as engaged couples, families, or corporate clients, and assess their needs and preferences. Research market trends, potential growth opportunities, and any challenges you may face. This analysis will help you better understand your customers and develop effective marketing strategies.

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Competition Analysis

Identify direct and indirect competitors, analyzing their strengths, weaknesses, and unique selling propositions. Determine how you can differentiate yourself by offering superior quality, competitive pricing, exceptional customer service, or specialized expertise. This analysis will help you position your business effectively and identify areas for improvement. As you look at established competition in your area, remember that a few other seemingly successful photographers in your area does not mean you can not be successful in your business.

Product & Service Description

Describe your photography services or products. Outline the different packages or options you offer, such as wedding packages, family photo sessions, or commercial photo shoots. Emphasize the value you provide and the services you offer. My advice? Keep it simple. It's easy to go down the rabbit hole of packages and offerings. Don't add complexity where your clients aren't asking for it. It will make the rest of your business easier to manage.

Marketing Plan

Detail your marketing strategies to reach and attract your target audience. Consider online and offline channels, such as social media, email marketing, search engine optimization, networking events, local mail and flyers, partnerships, and referrals. Define your brand messaging, and outline a few strategies you'll use to promote your services. You don't (and shouldn't) do every marketing strategy out there in the beginning. Focus on the low hanging fruit of what you can manage and afford to do.

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Financial Plan

How does the business make money? How does a client purchase your services and what are you charging? How much do you plan on paying yourself? Provide an overview of the financial aspects of your photography business. Include your startup costs, such as equipment, studio rental, website development, business registration fees, and marketing expenses. Outline your pricing structure and revenue streams. Estimate your monthly or annual sales projections, taking into account factors like the number of clients, average transaction value, and seasonality. Finally, write some financial goals down!

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If the idea of managing finances is overwhelming to you, know you're not alone. If you're going to run a successful business, you need to know what to look for when it comes to your business's money. You don't have to take advanced accounting courses or pay for some guru course, but you do need to be informed and know how to answer those questions I listed above.

Conclusion - One Page Photography Business Plan

After you research and write each step of the business plan, cut each section down to a few short sentences. By focusing on the few key elements of your business, you can create a simple to understand yet comprehensive plan. Remember, this one page business plan is a living document that you can update and refine as your business evolves.

Write a few short sentences for each of these sections and you will have a clearer direction for your photography business with a one page business plan.

  • Summary

  • Business Description

  • Market Analysis

  • Competition Analysis

  • Product & Service Description

  • Marketing Plan

  • Financial Plan

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