Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to start a business, especially a photography business. After all, anyone can pick up a camera and start charging for photoshoots!
We know that to separate yourself from the rest of the saturated photography market, it’s important to take these steps that will help you establish yourself as a professional photographer in your area.
- Legalize your business: This is actually much easier than you’d think and you can do it on your own, and most times you don’t even have to hire a lawyer. In Ohio specifically, you fill out the paperwork online through the business gateway! If you plan to sell any products that might require sales tax, you also need a vendor license in order to legally do so. In Ohio, that is a one-time $25 license.
- Contracts: This is incredibly important to protect both you AND the client. You should always have a contract for every session and wedding. For repeat clients, they should be signing a new contract for every session. We recommend purchasing a contract template through The Law Tog or The Legal Paige, and then having a local lawyer review it for your state’s regulations.
- Invoicing system: having an online system to process payments legally (not through venmo) is a professional way of conducting business. Plus, it helps you to keep track of everything online! We both recommend Honeybook or 17Hats. The best part? They offer invoicing systems as well as online contracts for your clients to sign.
These are just a few of the many things we recommend you make sure that you have in place when you’re just starting your business! We also recommend that you purchase liability insurance and obviously our favorite, second shoot!
If you are really interested in pursuing the wedding industry, second shooting is the best way for you to grow your business. There are plenty of resources available on our site for you, but one of our favorites is our “10 Questions To Ask As A Second Shooter,” especially if you’ve never been a second shooter before. Enjoy!