For those of you who are running a successful photography business, can any of you provide me with information on your road to success? How you started? When you knew the time was right? Start-up costs? Marketing strategies? Securing financing? I need to get out of my current line of work, which is driving tri-axle dump trucks. I absolutely hate what I do, and need a change. I love photography, and have been freelancing for our local newspaper for the last 3 months now, but it isn't enough to pay the bills. I am hoping to start a portrait studio, and am willing to do other photography work (sports, product, still life, advertising, etc) as well when/if requested. Please help if you can.