How to start a photography business in Texas

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How to start a photography business in Texas

When I was starting my photography business, I spent days and weeks researching everything I had to know. I even had to hire a lawyer to explain the nitty-gritty details. It was indeed a tedious process. However, I discovered an online company, Tailor Brands, which simplifies the process of starting any business, including a photography business in Texas.

While there are other companies out there that provide similar services, in this guide, I’ll show you how I started my photography business in Texas quickly and safely with Tailor Brands. Get your ID and wallet ready, and let’s dive into the process.

What is Tailor Brands

Tailor Brands creates your photography business in Texas for you, and it’s not expensive at all. You will pay only about $20 to $50 extra, but you won’t have to do anything. And best of all, you can do it in 10 minutes while in front of your computer.

But is Tailor Brands qualified to start your photography business for you? Yes, Tailor Brands has a team of employees who specialize in registering LLCs in each state or country. Over 30 million people have already started their business with Tailor Brands.

In this guide, I will show you how to start a photography business in Texas quickly and safely with Tailor Brands. Get your ID and wallet ready, and let’s get right into it.

Step-by-step guide for Texas:

Step 1. Name your photography business

When naming your photography business, make sure to choose a unique name to avoid confusion with existing registered companies. If you decide to structure your business as an LLC, you must include the words LLC or limited liability company in the name, and you can’t use financial words such as insurance, trust, bank, and inc.

You can reserve your business name by filing with the Texas Secretary of State’s office. This is particularly important if you find the perfect name but aren’t ready to form an LLC.

Check our business name generator for photography business name ideas.

Step 2: Pick Texas as your state

Head over to Tailor Brands and pick “Texas” from the dropdown menu and click “Get Started”.

Tailor Brands Texas LLC

On the next screen, enter your chosen business name and check if it’s available. If you still don’t have one at this point, you can go with your name and last name, such as John Doe LLC.

In the following steps, Tailor Brands will ask you about your business, such as what you offer (physical goods, services, leisure). They will then ask you whether it’s just an idea or if you’re ready to start. Besides answering a few additional questions, you will have to enter your personal information, including first name, last name, phone number, and email address.

Step 3: Assign Tailor Brands as your agent

Texas requires you to have a registered agent. You can hire one yourself or assign Tailor Brands. Both will cost you around $150, but picking Tailor Brands here saves you lots of time.

What is a registered agent? A registered agent is an individual or business entity appointed by a company to receive official documents and correspondence on its behalf. The registered agent must be available during standard business hours and have a physical address in the state where the company is registered. In Texas, if you do not have a business address, you are required to appoint a registered agent who has an address within the state. The primary role of a registered agent is to ensure timely receipt and forwarding of important legal and tax documents, including service of process, government notices, and compliance notifications.

Here are the benefits:

  • Privacy protection — By employing a Tailor Brands’ registered agent, you can significantly reduce the exposure of your personal information, effectively avoiding any unwelcome correspondence being sent to your home address.
  • Mail and document management — Your registered agent ensures that you never miss any critical government documents, tax forms, or potential lawsuit notifications by receiving and managing them on your behalf.
  • Uninterrupted availability — registered agents maintain constant availability during standard business hours, allowing them to receive any documents or communication directed to your LLC in person.

Step 4: Get EIN

You can get EIN yourself or use Tailor Brands to do it for you.

What is EIN? An Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, is a unique nine-digit number assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to businesses operating in the United States. The EIN is used for tax reporting purposes and to identify businesses for various federal tax purposes. Companies, partnerships, sole proprietorships, and other legal entities may require an EIN for filing tax returns, opening bank accounts, applying for business licenses, and conducting other business activities.

Step 5: Keep your LLC compliant

Tailor Brands will ensure your LLC remains compliant with Texas state regulations and avoid potential fines or dissolution, whether it serves as a side gig or your primary income source. They will also adhere to annual reporting and filing deadlines specific to Texas.

  • Safeguard your assets: An operating agreement preserves your limited liability status, ensuring the protection of your personal assets from business liabilities.
  • Establish clear guidelines: Document your business rules in writing, streamlining operations and decision-making as your company expands.
  • Effortless business bank account setup: Possessing an operating agreement typically simplifies the process of opening a business bank account, as most banks require one for account approval.

(Optional) Step 6: Get business-building tools

For a minimal additional cost, Tailor Brands can also create a logo, website, business cards, document letterheads, and presentation templates for you.

How much does it cost to start a photography business in Texas?

Whenever you start a business, you should expect to pay at least a couple hundred dollars. At the very least, you’ll have to pay the Texas state fee of $300.

Tailor Brands pricing for LLC
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