How to become a photographer: Corinne's story

Meet Corinne, 24, to find out more about life as a photographer. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

I get to be creative and travel with my job. It’s a win win!

  • Corrine had a tough experience when finishing school and didn't get the grades she needed to go to university
  • She went through Clearing and studied Geography at Kingston University, where she really started to pursue her interest in photography through societies and networking
  • Corrine is glad she studied English at school because writing is part of her day-to-day job – she writes emails to clients, information about her studio on her website, and social media posts.

Corrine's career path

Check out the National Careers Service website for more information about how to become a photographer. Corinne is self-employed, running her own photography business. Scroll down to learn about life as a business owner.

What to expect if you want to be a business owner

The salary and working hours when you own a business can vary enormously but what's most important is that you work hard and love what you do.

Working for yourself looks different for each person and each business, but in general it means you:

  • run your own business and are responsible for its success
  • can decide how, when and where you do your work
  • charge an agreed, fixed price for your work
  • sell goods or services to make a profit
  • can hire people at your own expense to help you or to do the work for you.

You can be both employed and self-employed at the same time. You can work for your employer during the day, for example, and run your own business in the evenings and at weekends. It’s important to contact HMRC for advice if you’re not sure if you’re self-employed.

You can get help with setting up or developing your business, through the government’s business support services, for example, for advice about tax or about how to find funding to start your business.

This information is a guide (source: GOV.UK).

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