How to Start a Photography Business In West Virginia
Here are some steps on how to start a photography business in West Virginia.
Getting started– The state of West Virginia has created a few links to help you start your business: http://www.sos.wv.gov/business-licensing/Documents/StartingABusinessGuide.pdf and http://www.business4wv.com/b4wvpublic/default.aspx?pagename=startbusiness
-Register your new photography business name with West Virginia.
Find out more about registering a business name here: http://www.sos.wv.gov/business-licensing/business/Pages/NameAvailability.aspx
If you need help choosing a business name: How To Choose A Photography Business Name
-Choose a business structure.
Some examples of business entities you could choose are: Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://www.sos.wv.gov/business-licensing/business/Pages/businessstructure.aspx
-Register your photography business with West Virginia.
Find out more about how register your new photography business with the state of West Virginia here: https://www.business4wv.com/b4wvpublic/default.aspx?pagename=publicuserregistration
-Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your photography business with your new business name.
Research your requirements for local, state, and federal taxes. Be sure to research sales tax regulations. More info about taxes here: http://tax.wv.gov/Business/Pages/Business.aspx 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.