Do I need a business?

2 years 6 months ago #544568 by T18 Photography
Hey, Everyone, new here, looking for some advice

I'm planning a shoot for a couple of friends soon and hoping to write a little article about their project car which I'm hoping to get published for them.  Would I need to set up a business for the magazine to accept the work?

I'm looking to maybe expand this in the future and become a freelance photographer with the automotive side & possibly getting a few of my shots published from motorsports. The automotive side would consist of doing private shoots, helped by the fact that I go to quite a few car shows which would help me get clients. I don't have a goal for shooting corporate or commercial car reveals or anything like that.

Basically, I'm asking, how hard is it to be a freelance photographer (of any speciality) that is just part-time and not working super hard in order to make it into a fully fledged career and just something that can supplement my income? I.e. tax returns etc. I know there is quite a bit of work involved, it's just that every article I read on the internet is about becoming a full-time freelance and that's not something I'm interested in, nor am I committed enough to work that hard. At least not to start with.

Would it be worth going freelance for the amount (or lack of) time I can afford to put into this or should I just stick to hobby photography and do cash-in-hand private shoots on the odd occasion? I'm a little concerned about the tax man coming knocking though.


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2 years 5 months ago #544973 by Joves
No you do not need a business license to write, and submit articles to magazines, or other publications. 

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2 years 5 months ago #544977 by T18 Photography
Thanks, although I probably should have stated to get paid for publications do I need a business? Sorry I wasn't clear on that

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2 years 5 months ago #546463 by garyrhook
What Joves said.

Whether you get paid as an individual or a DBA, you'll likely get a 1099 from your client (ignoring cash engagements). So it doesn't really matter. And unless you create an S corporation or LLC, you'll be filing a schedule C on your 1040 long form to report the income/loss.

A DBA is required to collect and report state taxes, so you need to figure out what the rules are in your state. And it can help you acquire equipment without paying sales tax. Talk to a CPA. It depends upon what kind of work you're going to be doing.

That said, the feds have a $600 floor, but as soon as you exceed that, you should be legitimate.

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1 year 8 months ago #595903 by saponcpa
I totally agree with you. You had a right decision. If you run clipping path business I mean remove background then it's better for you. Because every photographer needs photo white background. So my suggestion run photo editing service business.

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9 months 2 weeks ago #648213 by mariablassingame
There is solid competition in the electronic photography service. Numerous new people and firms enter into this area. So, as a particular expert digital photographer, you must be ready to deal with the competitors. There are many freelance photographers that are your firm competitors. Your goal behind establishing a website and likewise positioning it online must be to drive consumers to your solution. Your digital photography internet site style need to be impressive in addition to straightforward. You had the ideal choice. If you run clipping course business I suggest eliminate background after that it's far better for you. Due to the reality that every professional digital photographer calls for photo white background. So my pointer run image modifying and improving service organisation.

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