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The Craigslist Wedding Photographer

A California government employee becomes a part-time wedding photographer by posting an ad on Craigslist.
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What It's About

California government employee becomes a part-time wedding photographer by posting an ad on Craigslist.

Business Model
Service
Skills Required
Photography, Customer Service
Complexity
Medium
Profit Potential
Medium

Words of Wisdom

Oliver’s story is a classic side hustler narrative. He didn’t know how to do something, so he figured it out. The story also illustrates an important side hustler principle: start before you’re ready, then improve as you go along. Oliver didn’t get caught up in lots of administrative details—he focused entirely on the customer experience.

Fun Fact

Prior to his friend asking him to shoot her wedding, Oliver had never worked a wedding before. Terrified that his inexperience would ruin her big day, he created a listing on Craigslist to shoot a stranger's ceremony in order to get some experience for the big day. That first gig earned him $250, but these days he's pulling in at least $3,500 per ceremony.

To learn more about Oliver and his wedding photography side hustle, visit his website!

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Quote of the Day
"I actually got my first wedding gig because of what I consider a bad HDR image. You never know what people are going to resonate with!"
—Oliver Asis #SideHustleSchool

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