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    Re: Photography Business Questions

    [QUOTE=hark;716872]Pretty soon I will be entering the world of paid photography (part-time) and want to review everything required for a business. If you have any comments or suggestions regarding any of the following - or any other topics I may have missed - I'd appreciate your input. /QUOTE]

    Hark! I'm new here and this is reply among my first posts. I've been retired from a 40-yr photo business since 2008. I spent a lot of time and learned much from going to the School of Hard Knocks! First thing, as others have recommended, get professional legal and accounting advice. Believe me, in the long run, it will be among the least expensive things you will get for your business.

    Most things were covered but don't forget to sign up with your local and state Sales Tax Departments. We had a visit from from the state sales tax department and it wasn't a pleasant experience. And if required to collect, you must send in all taxes in a timely manner or face penalties and interest. Our audit only penalized us for a few bucks!

    Be well! Ed


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    Re: Photography Business Questions

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    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Pretty soon I will be entering the world of paid photography (part-time) and want to review everything required for a business. If you have any comments or suggestions regarding any of the following - or any other topics I may have missed - I'd appreciate your input. /QUOTE]

    Hark! I'm new here and this is reply among my first posts. I've been retired from a 40-yr photo business since 2008. I spent a lot of time and learned much from going to the School of Hard Knocks! First thing, as others have recommended, get professional legal and accounting advice. Believe me, in the long run, it will be among the least expensive things you will get for your business.

    Most things were covered but don't forget to sign up with your local and state Sales Tax Departments. We had a visit from from the state sales tax department and it wasn't a pleasant experience. And if required to collect, you must send in all taxes in a timely manner or face penalties and interest. Our audit only penalized us for a few bucks!

    Be well! Ed
    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    Good advice, hopefully not too late.
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    Re: Photography Business Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by elee950021 View Post
    Hark! I'm new here and this is reply among my first posts. I've been retired from a 40-yr photo business since 2008. I spent a lot of time and learned much from going to the School of Hard Knocks! First thing, as others have recommended, get professional legal and accounting advice. Believe me, in the long run, it will be among the least expensive things you will get for your business.

    Most things were covered but don't forget to sign up with your local and state Sales Tax Departments. We had a visit from from the state sales tax department and it wasn't a pleasant experience. And if required to collect, you must send in all taxes in a timely manner or face penalties and interest. Our audit only penalized us for a few bucks!

    Be well! Ed
    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerbrent View Post
    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    Good advice, hopefully not too late.
    Ed, thanks for the info! It's greatly appreciated. Brent, his info isn't too late. Due to Covid19, I didn't get started like I anticipated.
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  4. #14
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    Re: Photography Business Questions

    Since you replied that you've been in a holding pattern due to COVID-19, I have a few things to add:

    RE: Website - Take a look at Squarespace. A great option for people who don't want to be a part time web designer while trying to run a business. Prices are reasonable, tons of modern templates to choose from. Very easy to use.

    RE: Business name - Using your own name is always the best option, so definitely toss that hat into the ring. However, a lot of people don't have a cool sounding name. Joe Edwards Photo is a lot more marketable than Archibald Horowitz Photo...know what I mean? If you go another route, just try to keep it short. Under 14 letters for the website name is ideal, but it's getting harder to do that these days. Also keep in mind that .photo is an available domain extension (instead of .com). A great option for photographers.

    RE: Insurance - State Farm sucks LOL. Definitely shop your insurance around with an independent agent who has a stable of companies to choose from for better rates. Talk with an agent about your situation, especially since this is a part time gig for now. You definitely want to make sure you're protected, but you probably don't really need a commercial policy at this point. A separate inland marine policy to cover your equipment should be all you need, and is WAY cheaper. All that said, Nationwide used to have a "mini policy" for photographers, but I'm not sure if they still do. If you do jump in with both feet, definitely make sure you get personal liability coverage. People will sue for anything these days.

    RE: Business cards - 100% VistaPrint. They're cheap and great quality. They have templates you can download (PS, AI, etc) and sky's the limit for your designs. I've used VistaPrint for lots of stuff and have never been disappointed. Design today, order tomorrow, and you usually have your order within a few days. Highly recommended.

    RE: Other stuff - The deciding factor in a lot of this will be how far you take it. You need to set up a DBA in order to get a business bank account and a lot of other stuff. It's kind of that official first step to being a "real" business. An LLC is probably your best bet - keeps business finances separate from personal. Talk to a lawyer about setting one of those up, it's fairly cheap and straightforward.
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    Re: Photography Business Questions

    Are you already a member of PPA? If not, then I strongly suggest you join. Having their logo on your website is a good idea and boosts your credibility. Also, look into the PPA CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) program. It too will add to your credibility. it was actually a lot of fun when I went through it.
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