PTM 001: Making Money to Fund an Adoption with Freelance Photographer Justin of One Smile Closer

Part Time Money PodcastIn this first episode of the Part Time Money Podcast, I talk with my friend Justin, who started a part-time photography business to help fund the international child adoption process.

Justin has a great story and has earned around $5,000 towards his family's goal in just six months. He isn't a classically trained photographer and so he talks a lot about how he gained the skill and confidence to do this. He also shares some ninja marketing tactics for photographers on Facebook. As well as some beginner's technical tips.

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Questions I ask Justin:

  • How did you get into photography and how long has the business been up and running?
  • Has this side business been able to help you achieve the adoption?
  • How did the first couple of photo shoots go? How did you gain confidence?
  • How did you get your first clients and how do you market your services?
  • How exactly do you market your services on Facebook?
  • Talk us through some of the technical parts of taking and editing the pictures.
  • When did you find time to do this?
  • Anything else that you do to maximize your efforts?
  • Any resources you can recommend for beginners?
  • How are you going to structure this business to make it ideal for taxes and the adoption?

One Smile Closer - Justin and Family
Visit Justin's site: One Smile Closer
See Justin's camera: Nikon D40
See Justin's Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe DNG Converter
See Justin's Educational Resources: Pioneer Woman Photography
Read the transcript of this podcast: just click show

Bear with me as I learn to do this podcasting thing. I'm a horrible interviewer. Need to work on my questions. But if you can fight through me, you'll get some good insight into this popular part-time money making business.

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Last Edited: July 25, 2017 @ 6:55 pm
About Philip Taylor

Philip Taylor, aka "PT", is a former practicing CPA, blogger, podcaster, husband, and father of three. PT is also the founder and CEO of FinCon, the conference and community dedicated to helping other financial influencers and brands. He created this website back in 2007 to share his thoughts on money, hold himself accountable, and to meet others passionate about moving toward financial independence.

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