How to Start a Photography Business In Wisconsin
Here is some information on starting your own photography business in Wisconsin. You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly.
The state of Wisconsin has resources that will help if you want to start a business in Wisconsin: Wisconsin Business Portal
1. Register your new photography business name with the state of Wisconsin.
Contact your county government about registering your business name.
If you need help choosing a business name: How To Choose A Photography Business Name
2. Choose a business structure.
Some examples of business entities are: Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: https://www.wdfi.org/corporations/Business_Entity_Types/default.htm
3. Register your photography business in Wisconsin.
You can get started registering your new photography business with the state of Wisconsin here: https://openforbusiness.wi.gov/
4. Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your photography business using your new business name.
5. Tax Registration.
Make sure you research local, state and federal tax requirements. Be sure to research sales tax regulations. More information about taxes here: https://tap.revenue.wi.gov/services/_/ and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .
6. Consider Liability Insurance.
You may want to consider liability insurance to help in case of a photography-related catastrophe.