aliengin wrote in post #13279402
So this started as a hobby then I put stuff on Smugmug, couple of people bought etc. etc. After 4-5 months later a local store offered me an assignment. Which is photos of their athletes at couple of races and some photoshoots in the store. We agreed on time, pricing etc. Ofcourse like every business they want an invoice from me. Now what? I only made sales through SmugMug and this is a first for me. A friend of mine who is a little bit more into the "business" aspect of it doing Wedding Photography (he does also have a day job and doing photography in his free time) and he is trying to convince me register as a business.
Does it worth all the hassle to register as a business? Or should I just provide them an invoice?
To the OP: We don't know what state you're in, so we have no way to give you any worthwhile information. As you can see from the discussion so far, states vary immensely.
California appears to have a variety of local requirements. In my state, if you sell things at a retail level without being registered as a business, and you may find yourself wearing an orange jumpsuit.
You will have to check out your own state--it shouldn't take more than five minutes of Googling to determine the basic requirements you're under in your state.