I know that you are creating virtual tours, and hopefully doing so many that you can't keep up. But, what other services do you offer your clients?
I am also interested to see how you got into the virtual tour business. I was a photographer and decided to branch out into virtual tours. But, the opposite would work just as well. If you do not consider yourself a professional photographer, this is a great segue into that field. The two products work hand in hand and it would be a great way to expand your business.
I personally have always preferred commercial (mainly architectural) photography to portraits, but I do a little of both. Product photography is another great option. The start up costs are not that great these days. Sure, you can still spend $100k on equiptment if you are not careful, but you can also get started for about $1500, and have quality name brand eqpt that will create beautiful pictures. Plus, you can count it all off on your taxes. Don't be afraid to go and take a couple of classes, too. You can count those off on your taxes as well.
I have several cameras ranging from entry level DSLR's to professional models cameras and lenses. To be honest, Some of the pictures that I shoot with my Nikon D40 turn out just as beautiful as the pics I take with my Nikon D3
You already have a base of referrals (you VT clients) and often times they will be willing to help you get to know people that need photography...here is a short list of possible future clients:
- Electrical Contractors
- General Contractors
- Any business that has just built a new facility
Don't be afraid to try new things, either. Some folks may want to get some aerial shots. You can go to yourt local flying club and find someone that will take you up for $50 - $100 and then, you have branched out into aerial photography. A word of advice, if you think you will ever be asked to do this, invest the money to give it a whirl before you have a job to do.
I hope this has helped everyone to open their minds up to additional money making opportunities.