Question:

Do freelance artists need a business license?

10 October, 2021 Alan Howe 6

Answers (6):

  • AUTHOR: RICHARD GEDDES
    16 October, 2021

    Yes, a business license is usually required for freelance artists. Self-employed people who sell goods and services face the same licensing requirements as other businesses in their state. In most cases, this includes completing an application form and paying a fee to the Secretary of State's office or equivalent before commencing operation under the new agency name. Business licenses from counties or municipalities also may be required depending on where in the U.S. you live.

  • AUTHOR: RYAN DAMRON
    16 October, 2021

    The distinction between a professional artist and a self-employed freelance artist is one of determination by nature of the work. If the quality of the work indicates it's on par with someone a client would hire on a permanent basis, then they would be expected to have business liability insurance as any other company supplying their services might. There is no single licensing requirement for artists."Self-employed" means they're not an employee of another company but are instead operating as independent contractors from their own location, though some form of license or government authorization may be required depending on what activity is being pursued. In this type of situation, Artists typically maintain their own equipment and expenses but also charge based upon how much profit they need to offset those costs.

  • AUTHOR: STEVEN DREWS
    16 October, 2021

    Many people who are self-employed or freelance artists choose to register for a business license to help avoid any potential hassles in the future. Trying to get by without registering your business can lead to all types of problems, from inflated taxes on personal income, aggressive citations because you are operating an illegal "business," or even fines and fees for running an unlicensed "business." On top of that, many people who are self-employed or freelance artists choose not to adhere as closely as they should with things like insurance requirements and other financial transactions such as tax forms due October 15th (in the United States) every year.

  • AUTHOR: KYLE DAMRON
    16 October, 2021

    Yes, but it may depend on the state. For legal purposes, freelancers are considered to be self-employed business owners. As such, they need to register their LLC or corporation with the Secretary of State if applicable; they need to incorporate their business for federal tax purposes; and they should obtain all other permits required for this type of employment (e.g., like payroll taxes), as well as maintain appropriate insurance coverage (e.g., workers' compensation).

  • AUTHOR: DAVID BADON
    16 October, 2021

    It is not required to have a business license in order to freelance on the side. However, it is recommended that all freelance artists take advantage of any available tax breaks and benefits for freelancers if they chose to operate under Sole Proprietorship status. Benefits of the Sole Proprietorship tax structure include higher deductible expense limits, simpler quarterly estimated taxes (monthly for S-Corps), less complicated expense tracking, and minimal advance payment requirements when seeking financing or loans. The downside? There's no limit for how much profit you make before registering yourself as "self-employed".

  • AUTHOR: NATHAN GUILLEMETTE
    16 October, 2021

    Information about the process. First of all, if you are an artist and want to sell your artwork (e.g., paintings, prints, drawings), then you will need to set up a business that is licensed separately from your personal needs. The business will be responsible for paying taxes on the transactions it generates by selling product to end-customers like other businesses would do. It also must abide by all state and federal laws -- e.g., collecting sales tax where appropriate -- in order to stay in good standing with government entities.