How to Start a Photography Business in Washington State
Here is some information on how to register and start a new photography business in the state of Washington.
The state of Washington has a number of websites to help you get started with your business: http://business.wa.gov/start.html
-Register your new photography business name with Washington State.
Find out more here: http://business.wa.gov/start.html#businessname
If you need help choosing a business name: How To Choose A Photography Business Name
-Select your business structure.
Determine what business entity you wish to have: Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. http://business.wa.gov/start.html#businessstructure
-Register your photography business in Washington State.
If you are forming an LLC or Corporation, you will need to register your new photography business. http://business.wa.gov/start.html#getregistered
-Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your photography business with your new business name.
Research your federal, state, and local tax laws. Be sure to research sales tax regulations. More information about taxes here: http://business.wa.gov/start.html#taxnumber 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.