Start a Photo Editing & Restoration Service

1.2 trillion digital photos have been taken in 2017! This is an astonishing number, isn’t it? If you close your eyes when someone takes a photo of you, there is no need to edit it.  Just make another 10 photos and choose the best one.  It can’t always be like this and wasn’t always like this, though. Some photos are taken at events and need to be done fast while most of us have only one black-and-white photograph of our grandparents.  Starting a photo editing and restoration service is about helping people editing and digitising these types of photos.

Getting Started

A great thing about this business is that all you need to know is how to scan and edit photos. These skills can be mastered within a week.

Equipment Needed

You will need both hardware and software. At first, you will need to buy:

  • a computer or a laptop;
  • a nice big monitor for photo editing;
  • a scanner.

Since a large part this business idea is about dealing with old photos, the most important device is a proper scanner. There are so-called photo color scanners made by Canon or Epson. This is exactly what you will need.

Software Needed

There are two ways to edit photos:

  1. If you’re serious about starting this business, buy Photoshop, and take a course on photo editing. Photoshop is the only software you will need.
  2. If you’re on a low budget and don’t want to spend money on software, you can try a free Photoshop alternative like Pixlr. It is useful as a first step,  but serious photo editing without Photoshop is impossible.
Marketing Ideas

The best way to promote your service is to do that through Instagram or Pinterest.  These media make waves in today’s world. You can upload photos, illustrations or other creative work and drive traffic to a landing page with your phone number and office address. Make sure to show before and after examples.


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