Legally Starting a Photography Business

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The most important thing to remember when thinking about starting a photography business is that it is a BUSINESS.  If you plan to run a business, you are responsible to abide by the laws where you live.

Please note:  This page does not contain legal advice.  I am not a lawyer or an accountant, and I am not going to pretend to tell you everything you need to do in your location to start a business.  Here are some tips to help point you in the right direction:

  •  Laws vary by town/city, and state, and are different depending on where you live in the world.  Don’t necessarily rely on information you find on the internet- that information may not apply to where you live.  Do your research locally and regionally to find out what steps you need take to officially start a business.  If  you live in the United States: For some helpful general information visit the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Also check your local and state websites for helpful information
  • You will need to find out about registering your business name (DBA), getting a business license, zoning laws, business taxes.
  • Decide what type of business you will have: Will you register as a Sole Proprietor, LLC, etc.
  • An accountant can help you with the financial aspects- taxes to charge clients, deductions, etc.
  • You will need to be insured in some way.  Liability insurance costs may vary depending on what type of photography business you plan to have.
  • Don’t forget to insure your equipment.