How To Start A Photography Business In Alabama
Here are some helpful links when starting a photography business in the state of Alabama. This page will help you register just about any type of photography business.
Alabama has a web page to help you get started with your business: http://www.madeinalabama.com/assets/2013/02/2012_Alabama_Answers.pdf
-Select your business structure.
Determine what business structure you wish to have: Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Most small business owners start out as sole-proprietors.
-Register your photography business name with the state of Alabama.
You may need to register a fictitious name for your business. http://sos.alabama.gov/government-records/business-entity-records
If you need help choosing a business name: How To Choose A Photography Business Name
-Register your photography business.
You may be required to register your business with your state.
-Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your photography business with your new business name.
-Find out about taxes, hire an accountant.
You may want to file your own taxes if you are a small company. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. Make sure you research the requirements for sales tax. More information about taxes here: http://revenue.alabama.gov/section-business.cfm and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .
-Consider Liability Insurance.
You may want to get liability insurance to help protect yourself in case of any photography-related catastrophe.