If you’re handy with a camera, like working with children and families, and want to set your own hours, being a children’s photographer might be just what you’re looking for. Lil’ Angels, a photography franchise centered around taking children’s portraits on location, is one franchise to consider. The Lil’ Angels franchise team trains you on shooting, marketing, and managing skills, so a high level of motivation and initiative is more important than direct prior experience.
Lil’ Angels franchisees take photos of children in schools, day cares, and even in customer’s homes. Without the overhead of a studio, franchisees can gain higher profit margins. Without the limitations of having to keep an office open,franchisees can take a flexible approach to the business if they prefer. Franchisees can enjoy part-time or full-time ownership and spend time doing other things, like raising a family or pursuing other artistic endeavors. Many Lil’ Angels franchisees find that they can schedule plenty of work and still maintain a great work-life balance.
Lil’ Angels franchisees often take photos for schools on school picture days as well as private photo sessions with families or parties. Photo days with dance schools, sports teams, and other organizations expand franchisees’ opportunities. Some franchisees branch out into senior portraits (yearbook portraits for high school seniors), family photos, and even pet portraits. The franchise offers a high level of individual freedom for franchisees.
Instead of going it alone as freelance photographers, Lil’ Angels franchisees receive training and support as well as top of the line equipment provided through a single equipment fee. Lil Angel’s franchisees use Canon cameras and accessories and Einstein lighting and backdrops, because quality equipment improves the quality of the product. Franchisees are also provided with a year’s supply of outfits for Lil’ Angel’s signature “Fashion for Kids” program, a combination of dress up fun and fantasy portraits.
Lil’ Angels is a low cost franchise with only $20,000 as the minimum cash requirement and a $39,000 total investment. Financing options are also available with a $15,000 down payment with interest at 2% above prime through Lil’ Angels. Since prime rates are at all time lows, franchisees can typically get through financing to full ownership with only a 3-4% interest rate. The freedom to run your own photography business is unusually attainable with this program.
Keep in mind that having experience with photography is probably a good idea for Lil’ Angels franchisees. Training consists of six days with professional photographers and business managers plus two days in the field. Ongoing support comes in the form of regional training sessions and national conferences that focus on learning new skills and networking with other franchisees. Franchisees can brush up on photography and business management techniques but learning goes at a fast pace.
National marketing support includes a website with listings of all the franchisees by state. Since franchisees have protected territories, franchisee networking and mutual support is part of the benefit of the franchise.
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