How To Start A Photography Business In Colorado

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How to Start a Photography Business In Colorado

Here are some steps to take to start a photography business in the state of Colorado.
Getting started- The state of Colorado provides a few helpful websites for getting your business started: https://www.colorado.gov/apps/jboss/cbe/start-business.xhtml andhttp://www.coloradosbdc.org/starting-your-business

1. Select your business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Many small business owners start out as sole-proprietors.  Find out more here: http://www.coloradosbdc.org/resources/resource-guide/legal-structure-and-registration

2. Register your photography business name with the state of Colorado.

Find out more about registering a fictitious name here:http://www.coloradosbdc.org/resources/resource-guide/legal-structure-and-registration

If you need help choosing a business name: How To Choose A Photography Business Name

2. Register your photography business with the state of Colorado.

You can find out more about registering your business with the state of Colorado here:  http://www.coloradosbdc.org/resources/resource-guide/legal-structure-and-registration

4. Open a Business Checking Account.

You will need to open a separate bank account for your photography business with your new business name.

5. Find out about taxes and 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. Be sure to research sales tax requirements.  More info about taxes here:https://www.colorado.gov/tax and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business

6.  Consider Liability Insurance.

You may want to look into liability insurance to help protect yourself in the event of a photography-related catastrophe.

7. City License.

You may need to get a license to operate your photography business in a particular city, whether you are a resident, or not.

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