How to Start a Photography Business In Minnesota
Here is some information to help get your new photography business registered.
Getting started– The state of Minnesota has two websites to help you get your business started: https://mn.gov/deed/business/starting-business/ and http://www.sos.state.mn.us/business-liens/start-a-business/how-to-start-a-business-in-minnesota/
One of the first things you will need to do is register your new photography business name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name or DBA (“Doing Business As”) here: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/business-liens/start-a-business/naming-your-business/
If you need help choosing a business name: How To Choose A Photography Business Name
Before registering your business, you will need to select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/business-liens/start-a-business/types-of-minnesota-businesses/
You will need to register your new photography business with the state of Minnesota.
You can register your business with the state of Minnesota here:http://www.sos.state.mn.us/business-liens/start-a-business/how-to-register-your-business/
You will need to open a business account at your bank.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your photography business with your new business name.
You will need to register your business for tax purposes and may want to hire an accountant.
If you are a small business, it won’t be too difficult to file your own taxes. 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.revenue.state.mn.us/businesses/Pages/Business-Registration.aspx and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
You may want to get some form of liability insurance.
You may consider some type of liability insurance to help protect you in case of a photography-related accident.