Question:

Does freelance photographer need business license?

10 October, 2021 Aaron Wrona 6

Answers (6):

  • AUTHOR: TERRY LATSON
    14 October, 2021

    What makes a freelancer a freelancer is the fact that he or she is not on staff with any organization. This means that they are operating as an individual, and they do not face the same accountability as those who work for businesses. The easiest way to find out if you need a business license to freelance is by clicking around on your state's government website, or asking them directly. State laws differ from one another, so it may be worth asking your revenue office what your culpability will be for any failures to follow their rules about filing taxes. Business licenses are typically available at low cost for limited time periods related to freelancers so this won't cost very much either way!

  • AUTHOR: CHRISTOPHER CATT
    14 October, 2021

    No. A freelance photographer can operate as a sole proprietorship, so no license is required. Freelancers should remember to include a copyright notification for their work. You should also maintain a comprehensive digital inventory of all your hard copies and negatives from shoots! Third party organizations such as the American Society of Media Photographers have additional guidelines for obtaining insurance and licensing, but those are completely voluntary not mandatory.

  • AUTHOR: LARISA PEPPER
    14 October, 2021

    answer: There are some who think so, but I am not one of them. This is not to say that you can't get in trouble for gross negligence or willful misconduct, but it is my opinion that the vast majority of the time any violations by a photographer would be due to just being ignorant of what is required. For example, some people might insist that every seller needs a business license to operate on Craigslist while others claim you don't need one. I'll admit I have no idea who has it right because I've never needed one or looked into which laws apply here in California where I live. Hopefully this doesn't happen to you!

  • AUTHOR: TYLER STOVAL
    14 October, 2021

    The short answer is yes, but it really depends on the work that any given photographer does. A freelance photographer who doesn't conduct work more than ten hours per week would probably not be required to file paperwork with their state (although they would still need to pay annual taxes). Other freelancers like accountants or attorneys need business licenses because these professions involve very high-level ethics and confidentiality concerns. It's wise for photographers of all levels to consult with an expert, like an accountant of attorney - especially if you'll be working on anything more complicated than the average blog post!

  • AUTHOR: AUSTIN MISCHKE
    14 October, 2021

    If the photographer is processing the business themselves, then yes. The freelance photographer needs to register with their state's Secretary of State or local tax-collector; they need to provide information like their name and address, the type of work they will be doing (photography), and how much net income they'll be making. We recommend adding this sentence at the end: "You may also want to consult your accountant for more detailed information.". If you are getting further than expected modify your answer as you see fit. Below I've given two different answers which you can pick according to what's appropriate for your response. As well, I've made some assumptions about whether or not you're using a calendar system.

  • AUTHOR: LEIGHA WRONA
    14 October, 2021

    Yes, in order to collect and remit withholding tax, photographers need to register for a federal employer identification number. The business license issue is important because in some areas where I've worked only the photographer that hires the talent is required to have a business license. However, in other locations it can be the freelance photographer themselves who needs one when they are using their own name. That decision can depend on state law and location requirements when determining city/county city limits.