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Should I Do a Sole Proprietorship or LLC for My Photography Business?

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Joe Escalante
Hi Joe,

I’m a photographer and planning on starting a business (professional service) under my name. I would be the only one in the business and it’s mostly just freelance stuff. Can I just do a sole proprietorship or should it be an LLC?

– Jason Landrum


Barely Legal Radio w/ Joe Escalante:

I would do this as a sole proprietorship until you have specific advice from a tax specialist about changing it to an LLC. In my state there is an $800 minimum tax for having an LLC even if you made no money that year. Get insurance though. That can provide you with the liability protection you lose by not having an LLC.

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March 3rd, 2014 at 9:09 am

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