How to Start a Photography Business In Michigan
Here are a few steps to take to start a photography business in the state of Michigan.
Getting started- The state of Michigan has a website about starting a new business in Michigan here: http://www.michiganbusiness.org/start-up/business-assistance/#guidance
1. Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.
2. Register your new photography business name with Michigan.
You need to register your business name with the state of Michigan. Check for name availability here: Name Availability
3. Register your new photography business with Michigan.
You can register your business with the state of Michigan here: https://cofs.lara.state.mi.us/corpweb/CorpSearch/CorpSearch.aspx
4. Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your photography business using 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 business. 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: http://www.michigan.gov/taxes/ and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
6. Liability Insurance.
You may wish to have liability insurance to help protect you in case of a photography-related accident.
7. City License.
You may be required to obtain a license operate your photography business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.