How to Start a Photography Business In Mississippi
- Register your new photography business name.
You may need to register a fictitious name for your business.
If you need help choosing a business name: How To Choose A Photography Business Name
- Select your business structure.
Determine what business structure you wish to have. Many small business owners are sole-proprietors. More on business structures here: https://www.sos.ms.gov/BusinessServices/Documents/Business%20Entities%20(Clean).pdf
- Register your new photography business.
You may be required to register your business with your state.
- Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your photography business with your new business name.
- Find out about taxes, hire an accountant.
You may want to file your own taxes if you are a small business. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. Be sure to research sales tax requirements. More information about Mississippi taxes here: http://www.dor.ms.gov/Business/Pages/default.aspx and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .
- Liability Insurance.
You may want some form of liability insurance to help protect you in case of a photography-related accident.