It’s almost February and if your New Year’s resolution was to seriously jumpstart your photography career in 2014, then hopefully your resolve hasn’t waned yet. It’s a whole new 365 days, and while it sure is exciting, it can be a little daunting too. That’s understandable. So here’s something that should help.

Don’t you wish you could talk to photographers from all around the world and ask them things like “how’d you do it?” or “what should I do differently this time around?” The industry just gets more and more competitive each year and keeping up means keeping your ear to the ground. Well, now what you have to do is keep your eye on the page.

PhotoShelter has just released another gem in the form of their second annual survey, titled “The Photographer’s Outlook on 2014.” Expect facts, statistics, interviews, info graphics and advice galore. You’ll hear from both pros and enthusiasts – over 5,700 of them! The questions aren’t your run-of-the-mill polite small talk either. It gets specific.

“Where will you focus your marketing efforts this year?”
“Where do you expect your income to come from?”
“How will you spend your money in 2014?”
“What are the ways you plan to grow your online presence?”
“How much time each week do you spend selling your work or pitching clients?”
“What are the best blogs to read for industry news?”
“Will you invest money to improve your photography skills this year?”
“Compared to last year, do you expect to make more or less money from your work?”

All your burning questions answered. It’s like getting advice from thousands of photographers, all in one sitting. If you’re more into imagery (duh), then there are pages that look like this:

(It allows you to draw your own conclusions. After all, when all is said and done, nobody knows your photography like you do.)

We asked enthusiasts: Have you ever made money from your photography?

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We then asked: Do you plan to invest money to improve your photography skills in 2014?

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We asked the pros: In 2014, where do you expect to make most of your revenue from?

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We then asked: In 2014, do you expect to make more or less than you did in 2013?

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So go ahead and make this the best year yet! Get the survey here. (Did we mention that it’s free?) Believe it or not, a lot can change in a year and everyone should find some benefit from this guide. Don’t just take it from us, take it from thousands of photographers worldwide. And we’ll tell you right now – 2014 is looking real optimistic.

Via PhotoShelter