How To Start A Photography Business In Montana

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How to Start a Photography Business In Montana

Here is some information to help start a photography business in the state of Montana.  These links will help you register just about any type of photography business including portrait photography, wedding photography, studio photography, commercial photography, stock photography, freelance photography, sports photography, and more.
Getting Started–  Montana has a web page to help you get started with your business: http://sos.mt.gov/Business/Startup/

  1. Register your photography business name.

You may need to register a name for your business.  Find out more here:  http://sos.mt.gov/business/Names/index.asp

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

  1. Choose a business structure.

Determine what business entity you wish to have: Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. http://sos.mt.gov/business/Models/index.asp

  1.  Register your photography business.

You may be required to register your business with your state.  Find out more here: http://sos.mt.gov/business/toolkit/index.asp

  1. Open a Business Checking Account.

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

  1. Research Tax Requirements.

You may want to have an accountant do the work.  Be sure to research sales tax regulations.  More information about taxes here: https://revenue.mt.gov/home/businesses and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .

  1.  Liability Insurance.

You may want to consider liability insurance to help in case of a photography-related catastrophe.