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Discussion in 'General Shop Talk' started by burnws6, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. burnws6

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    Besides your regular business license, is there anything else needed to charge for your work?
     
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    a paying customer?
     
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    Lol, its just that I am going to be shooting some vignettes for a huge design companj and I want to male sure I have everything in check.
     
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    Sorry for the spelling I'm on my blackberry
     
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    I don't know if you even need a license... Then again, I'd ask to be paid in cash and then not tell uncle sam, if you know what I mean.
     
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    Don't need one in Illinois.

    For the job you have coming up, you'll be an independent contractor. The client may want you to fill out a W9 (that's your name, address and SS#) so they can issue you a 1099 at year's end.

    If you ever start re-selling merchandise, you'll need to register with the state for sales tax. And if you ever hire an employee (put someone on the payroll), you'll need to set that up with the federal government.

    -Pete
     
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    So you're telling me I didn't need to get a license for doing photography? that makes no sense.

    Or are you talking about not needing a license to do commercial work?
     
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    I don't think you need to be licensed to be an independent contractor in an unskilled field. by unskilled, I mean as in not a plummer or carpenter, etc.
     
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    Ahh got it. Ok yeah, that makes sense. I'm pretty sure I'm fine, these people are just intimidating and I know they're going to pull paperwork and contracts left and right so I just wanted some piece of mind.
     
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    If you don't have one already, I'd recommend forming a corporation to insulate you from liability, especially if you're signing contracts you're not going to thoroughly read. You can find the forms on your state's Department of State website. It usually costs under $200, and you can most likely be up & running right away (depending on the laws of your state).
     
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    I'm not sure why this is always cited. What sort of liability do we need protecting from? Yes... a corporation is a separate legal entity, but that simply makes the corporation and it's officers liable. Guess who they are.

    Still... aside from business insurance to protect me from claims that my equipment or premises injured someone, I can't imagine what I need fear. I have only one employee (very part-time).

    If I fail to fulfill any contract, I'm liable.... incorporated or not.

    Can someone please enlighten me?

    Thanks!

    -Pete
     
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    Just to be clear.... there IS no "photography license."

    -Pete
     

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