Starting a Successful Photography Business

Anyone can start a photography business…

But not everyone can start a successful photography business.

If you aren’t fully prepared and committed to the process, finding success as a photographer will be hard to come by.

That’s why you need to make sure you’ve laid a solid foundation upon which to build your business.

The question is, how do you do that?

Here’s a few ideas for getting started off on the right foot.

You’re not a hobbyist photographer anymore the second you start charging people for your services.

And once you do that, you need to have a sound business structure in place so you can keep track of your earnings and debts, collect taxes on your services and products, pay income taxes, and so forth.

That usually means registering your business with a government entity, perhaps in your town or city, at the county courthouse, or with a state-level agency.

The difficulty is that the requirements for registering a business vary from one area to the next, so you’ll need to do some digging regarding what you need to do in your specific location. Check the “Learn More” links at the end of this section for resources on what you might need to do.

When you register your business, you’ll likely have to do so with a business name. You might also need a tax ID number, unless you opt to use your social security number for that purpose.

It’s also a good idea to consult with professionals that can help you in this process. An attorney, for example, can handle the paperwork of establishing your business. An accountant can handle the books. Talk with an insurance agent to get your studio, office, and gear covered.

In other words, it’s a long process to get the foundation laid for your business, but the more you concentrate on these tasks, the better off you’ll be down the road!