In order to become a professional photographer one must really understand that there is a long road ahead, because there are many baby steps one needs to make.
Being a photographer is not as easy as it may seem, and is definitely not as cheap as you may think. Firstly, you need to know that mostly anybody can become a photographer; the challenge is to become a good one.
To become a professional photographer you first need to set up a great kit. Pay attention, though, it does not come cheap, and you will not be able to resell it with the same price, in case it does not work out.
In addition, no professional photographer goes to his work place with just one kit and one camera. Always have two, just in case one brakes down.
In order to have success, you need to build yourself a website, a logo and a portfolio. Of course, if you are not very good with web designing, you may very well hire someone to do it for you. Nevertheless, it is important to have it, because it is a sign of professionalism, and that is what are you going for, right?
Make yourself known. It is important to get people talking about you. Upload your best photos on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Flickr and all other social networks and if your pictures are really good, that is all you need to do. Jobs will come. Remember: make people talk about your work, make them visite your website.
Fixing and keeping a certain price can be difficult. You should talk to other photographers in order to see the range they go about; you do not want to go too high above that, but neither too low. Somewhere in the middle is okay, but always base your price on your work. If it makes you feel better, negotiate with your clients.
Once you become a professional, you need to remember you cannot do everything you want. You need to please your clients, therefore, your ideas may not always be appropriate for every client you will have.
Another thing you may need to understand is that once you go professional, you may not have as much free time as you once did. Weekends will become mostly your workdays, and the hours may not be as comfortable as you might expect, but remember, that you are professional now.