TIPS60 – Staff2Freelance – buying your gear when you lose your job?
Here is another of our videos offering tips and inisights into the business of photography. a transcript of the video is included after the jump.
TRANSCRIPT:Here are a few thoughts on the unexpected transition from staff to freelance. I'm John Harrington. One of the things that you might be finding as you're going from staff to freelance unexpectedly is, “”Gosh, I need a camera to continue doing my job. I need a laptop to continue doing my job.”” You may have an old computer at home or may not even have a computer all. One of the things you want to do is, if your company has laid you off, if they've told you they no longer need your services, for whatever reason offer to the company to purchase the cameras, lenses, and the laptop that you had. The reason for doing this is the company probably doesn't need them anymore. They're looking to get rid of them. They've probably amortized them off to zero on their tax and accounting books. So the idea of having to sell them or get rid of it is not valuable to them. Make them on offer, look up what the gear is worth. You know how well it's been taken care o,f or hasn't. Make them an offs say, “”I will purchase them from you for fair market value. Fair market value is “”X”” dollars. Are you willing to part with equipment?”” It's a great opportunity for you to start with the gear that you're already familiar with.
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