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.