How to Start a Photography Business In South Carolina
There are a number of steps to become a legal photography business in the state of South Carolina. You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly.
Getting started– Two websites created by the state of South Carolina to help you start your business can be found here: http://www.sc.gov/business/Pages/STARTINGABUSINESS.aspx and https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Business-Resources
-Register your photography business name.
Find out more about registering a business name at STEP 2 at this link: https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/User%20Identification%20of%20Appropriate%20Filing.pdf .
If you need help choosing a business name: How To Choose A Photography Business Name
-Select a business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/Business_Structures.pdf
-Register your photography business.
Find out more about how register your new business with the state of South Carolina here: http://www.sos.sc.gov/Business_Opportunities
-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 have an accountant do the work. Be sure to research sales tax requirements. More info about taxes here: https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/IRS_Link_Index_-_Critical_IRS_Information.pdf and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
You may want to consider liability insurance to help in case of a photography-related catastrophe.