How To Start a Photography Business In South Dakota

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How to Start a Photography Business In South Dakota

Here are some steps on how to start a photography business in the state of South Dakota.  You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly.
Getting started– The state of South Dakota has created a website to help you start your business:  http://www.sdreadytowork.com/Build-Your-Business/Start-Your-Business.aspx

-Select a business structure 

Find out more about business structures (Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.) and registering a business name here: https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/choose-your-business-structure

-Register your photography business name.

Find out more here:  https://sdsos.gov/business-services/fictitious-business-name-registration.aspx

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

-Register your photography business.

Find out more about how register your new photography business with the state of South Dakota here:   https://sdsos.gov/business-services/default.aspx

-Open a Business Checking Account.

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

-Find out about taxes and hire an accountant.

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

 -Liability Insurance.

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

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