Manage expectations and find out what the requirements are
Commercial photography is a tricky piece of ice for you to skate on and this is something that you should more or less approach with caution if this is something that you are planning to get into as a career or as a side gig one way or the other. If you have been working on your photography skills as a hobby for quite some time now, then it will come as no surprise that it is something that you are getting better at doing at some point. You will see that acquaintances, friends, and family members will start approaching you to ask you if you can more or less cover some events for them in exchange for a certain fee or for payment. This can seem appealing and this can really be an exciting time for you since you are on the brink of earning money out of something that you are passionate about but you will need to seriously think things through first before you even go ahead and agree to cover it by saying yes.
Find out exactly what the clients are looking for and what they require. Assess yourself objectively and think everything through and be honest about whether or not it is something that you can actually provide.
Understand what the images will be used for
You need to know what the clients have in mind for the usage of the images. Are they having the photos taken for posterity or are they planning to launch a nationwide campaign at some point and use your photos for them? You need to learn about usage rights and license rights as well. This can really affect the pricing and everything else in between so make sure that you ask your clients about it. Commercial photography is all about asking what the entire process is for.
Assess all of the elements that come along with the service that you have to provide and quote accordingly. Make sure that you do not quote too low in such a way wherein you end up losing money but not too high in such a way as well wherein you eventually end up turning your clients off. You need something fairly mid ranged and balanced. This will make things so much more attractive and interesting for your clients and you will still technically get a fairly good enough margin of profit one way or the other.
Prepare for the coverage
Prepare all of the things that you would need to bring along with you during the commercial photography shoot. It varies a lot depending on whether the photo shoot is to be held outdoors, indoors, in close or tight spaces, in areas with limited lighting, and so on and so forth. You need to know exactly what you are getting into so that you will know exactly what to bring. It certainly would seem wrong for you to bring light stands to an afternoon shoot, won’t it?