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Best Business Practices for Photographers, Third Edition, 3rd Edition by John Harrington

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Chapter 20

Pros and Cons of Insourcing and Outsourcing

Many reasons exist for insourcing and outsourcing the variety of work that is involved in the business of photography. You’re probably familiar with the term outsourcing, but you may wonder what I mean by insourcing. I mean not doing a task yourself—rather, hiring someone to come in and do the work for you. Now let’s look at the various tasks and roles you might decide to insource or outsource.

Post-Production

In QuickBooks, our accounting software of choice, we have several categories for the line items we list on invoices:

  • Fee for photographic service
  • Post-production
  • Output method—online gallery

Using those, we can periodically take a look back at the post-production category of income. ...

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