How to Start a Photography Business In Ohio

There are some specific steps to starting a photography business in Ohio.
Here is a website created by the state of Ohio that will help if you want to start a business in Ohio: Ohio Business Gateway

-Register your photography business name in Ohio.

Find out more about registering a fictitious name here:

If you need help choosing a business name: How To Choose A Photography Business Name

-Select your business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more about business structure: Ohio Business Structure

 -Register your photography business with Ohio.

You can register your new business with the state of Ohio here:

-Open a Business Checking Account.

You will need to open a separate bank account for your photography business with your new business name.


You may want to have an accountant do the work.  Be sure to research sales tax requirements.  More information about taxes here: and .

 -Get Liability Insurance.

You may want to consider some type of liability insurance to help in case of a photography-related accident.

-City License.

You may be required to obtain a license to operate your photography business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.