Welcome to Teaching Tuesday! This is the first blog post in a series called Business and Legal Essentials for Photographers!
So you want to start a photography business and you’re not sure where to start? Or things grew so quickly from being a hobbyist to portfolio building and at some point you were in business without even realizing it? You may not have all your ducks in a row and now you’re scrambling to go back and take care of the often “not as fun” side of the business of photography. Well you’re in luck because this is the beginning of a series of blog posts that will be released each Tuesday that will discuss Business and Legal Essentials for Photographers!
Over the next couple months, we’ll be discussing the following subjects in detail:
- Choosing a business entity for your photography business
- How to form a corporation or an LLC, governing documents of a corporation or an LLC
- Fictitious names
- Business bank accounts, accounting, working with accountants
- EIN (employer identification number)
- Sales and Use Tax
- Business Licenses
- Considerations re: Home Studios/Offices
- Insurance, equipment coverage, general liability, E&O coverage
- Contracts, why you need them, what to include
- Installment Payments
- Hiring Independent Contractors
- Hiring Employees
- Electronic signatures
- Model Release and Property Release
- Copyright, Copyright Infringement, DMCA takedown notice
- Print Release v. Copyright Release
- Copyright v. Trademark
- Licensing, personal v. commercial, exclusive v. non-exclusive, perpetual v. limited
When possible and appropriate, we will include state-specific information so that you know what needs to be done in your own state. So sign up for our newsletter and follow our page on Facebook to receive this information each and every Tuesday!
DISCLAIMER: Information found on this blog is not legal advice, it is merely a discussion of legal topics that affect photographers for educational purposes only. I am not your attorney and there is no attorney-client relationship or privilege of any kind. Further, this discussion is not a substitute for legal advice. Thank you for understanding!