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TRANSCRIPT:Here a few thoughts on, if you're a staff photographer, what you might need to be thinking about as far as the possibility that you might go freelance. I'm John Harrington. When you're a staff photographer, you think everything is all set you're going to end up retiring from the company that you're working at and that will be that. You'll have your retirement, your 401k, and you can ride off into the sunset. The reality is, it's nowhere near the case. Most staff photographers are being transitioned into contract or the company has just decided to use freelancers. So it's really not a matter of if, it's just a matter of when you go from staff to freelance and you really need to be prepared for that. One of the steps and one of the things you really should always have at the ready is a great website. A website that showcases your work, shows that you're a talented and skilled photographer, and really gets your work out there. Not necessarily for side freelance work, although that's a great fringe benefit to having a website, but so that when you are ready to go, unexpectedly, and no one is really ever ready to go, you'll have a website that showcases your work and really lets people know that you're a capable and skilled photographer. So if you're a staffer you have got to have a website.
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