How To Start A Photography Business in Ohio

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How to Start a Photography Business In Ohio

There are some specific steps to starting a photography business in Ohio.
Here are two website links created by the state of Ohio that will help if you want to start a business in Ohio: http://business.ohio.gov/starting/ and https://clients.ohiosbdc.ohio.gov/DocumentMaster.aspx?doc=2609

-Register your photography business name in Ohio.

Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: http://www.tax.ohio.gov/taxeducation/starting_a_business_step_2.aspx

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

-Select your business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more about business structure:  https://www.tax.ohio.gov/taxeducation/starting_a_business_step_1.aspx

 -Register your photography business with Ohio.

You can register your new business with the state of Ohio here: https://ohiobusinessgateway.ohio.gov

-Open a Business Checking Account.

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

-Taxes.

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

 -Get Liability Insurance.

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

-City License.

You may be required to obtain a license to operate your photography business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.