How to Start a Photography Business in Connecticut
Here are some items you may need to address when trying to start a photography business in the state of Connecticut.
Getting Started- Here are a few links from the state of Connecticut to help you get started with your new business: http://www.ct-clic.com/Content/Smart_Start_for_Business.asp and http://www.ct.gov/drs/lib/drs/publications/pubsip/2015/ip_2015(12).pdf
-Select your business structure.
Many small business owners are sole-proprietors. More on business structures here- https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/choose-your-business-structure
-Register your photography business name with the state of Connecticut.
You may need to register a fictitious name for your business. http://www.ct-clic.com/FAQ/faqView.asp?categoryID=17&faqID=79
If you need help choosing a business name: How To Choose A Photography Business Name
-Register your photography business with the state of Connecticut.
Find out about business registration here: http://www.ct.gov/drs/cwp/view.asp?a=1433&q=265880
-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. Be sure to research sales tax regulations. More information about taxes here: http://www.ct.gov/drs/cwp/view.asp?a=1450&q=512014 and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .
-Consider Liability Insurance.
You may want to look into liability insurance to help protect against photography-related catastrophes.
You may need to obtain a license to operate your photography business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.