How to Start a Photography Business In New Jersey
Here are some steps to take in order to start a photography business in the state of New Jersey. You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly.
Here is a website that will help if you want to start a business in New Jersey: http://www.nj.gov/njbusiness/starting/
1. Register your photography business name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: http://www.nj.gov/njbusiness/documents/check_list.pdf
If you need help choosing a business name: How To Choose A Photography Business Name
2. Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://www.nj.gov/njbusiness/starting/basics/
3. Register your photography business.
You can register your new business with the state of New Jersey here: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/gettingregistered.shtml
4. Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your photography business with your new business name.
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 information about taxes here: http://www.nj.gov/njbusiness/tax/ and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .
6. Get Liability Insurance.
You may want to consider liability insurance to help in case of a photography-related accident.