Starting a New Photography Business2017-02-16T08:51:47+00:00

It’s as easy as 1,2,3……4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12

We aren’t going to fill this page with pipe dreams telling you how easy it is to become a world famous photographer, living in a mansion, picking and choosing your clients. Starting any business is hard work, but it’s possible – and so worth it! The aim of this section is to help you avoid the mistakes many photographers make as they start their businesses.
The reality is that a photography business isn’t likely to make you rich – but it can produce you a good income, while allowing you to do what you love, and work around your lifestyle. The freedom of being your own boss is amazing, and one that is worth being a little poorer for!

We will start with the most important two steps – before listing all the other bits.

Register as Self Employed

with HMRC

Get Insurance

to protect you and your clients


We know it’s boring, and we all hate paying taxes, but if you aren’t already, you need to register as Self Employed with HMRC. Don’t panic – this isn’t as scary as it sounds. It doesn’t matter if you are still employed somewhere else too, this is separate. If you are starting your business with someone else, you may also want to register your ‘partnership’. Once you are registered as Self Employed, you will need to fill out Tax Returns each year. Don’t let this scare you, we will cover this later on.

Learn more about registering as Self Employed   


You need insurance for multiple reasons. Firstly, your kit is expensive – if it got lost, stolen, flooded or was in a fire, you want to make sure you can get it replaced. Secondly, you need to get Public Liability insurance to cover your clients and your business in the event of an accident. For certain photography businesses (especially Wedding Photographers) you may also need Professional Indemnity insurance.

Read about insuring your business.   

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