How To Start A Photography Business In Georgia

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How to Start a Photography Business In Georgia

If you want to start a photography business in the state of Georgia, you will need to complete a few important steps in order to become a legal business.
Getting started– Two websites Georgia has created about how to start a business can be found here: http://www.georgia.org/small-business/start/and http://www.georgiasbdc.org/startsmart/

  1. Register your business name.

You will need to register your business name with the Superior Court Clerk in your Georgia county.

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

  1. Select your business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more here: http://sos.ga.gov/admin/files/legal_entity.pdf

  1.  Register your photography business with the state of Georgia.

You can register your business with the state of Georgia here: https://ecorp.sos.ga.gov/

  1. Open a Business Checking Account.

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

  1. 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://dor.georgia.gov/business-taxes and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business

  1.  Consider Liability Insurance.

You may wish to have liability insurance to help protect against photography-related catastrophes.

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