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Jul 23, 2013 22:57 |  #1

I am new to this and honestly do not consider myself to be a "professional", but I have been hired to shoot a marathon for a production company. I have to get an LLC in order to do it since I am going to be hired by them to do the work. Anyone ever done anything similar to this and could you give me any tips on how/what to do at this point? My goal is to eventually do this on the side every now and then. I do not want to quit my job to pursue a career in photography. Not that I dont love it, I am just comfortable with my 8-5 and I think doing this on the side will be more enjoyable than doing it full time. Any suggestions, tips, advice, etc will be much appreciated.

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Jul 23, 2013 22:59 |  #2

Griffew wrote in post #16148446 (external link)
I have been hired to shoot a marathon for a production company. I have to get an LLC in order to do it since I am going to be hired by them to do the work.

Either there's information I'm missing, or that statement is not true.




  
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Jul 23, 2013 23:04 |  #3

charro callado wrote in post #16148450 (external link)
Either there's information I'm missing, or that statement is not true.

I may have misunderstood them then. I thought that was kind of odd that I would have to set up a business in order to shoot for them. I'll have to check back with them to make sure.


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Jul 23, 2013 23:17 |  #4

Griffew wrote in post #16148466 (external link)
I may have misunderstood them then. I thought that was kind of odd that I would have to set up a business in order to shoot for them. I'll have to check back with them to make sure.

Having a separate legal entity for your business activities may or may not be beneficial to you, but I think it's highly unlikely that another company would care as long as they are somehow insured.




  
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Jul 24, 2013 00:37 |  #5

charro callado wrote in post #16148498 (external link)
Having a separate legal entity for your business activities may or may not be beneficial to you, but I think it's highly unlikely that another company would care as long as they are somehow insured.

Ok. Good point. Again, I have no idea what companies are looking for so I appreciate the advice.


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Jul 24, 2013 01:48 |  #6

They should be able to hire you as an independednt contractor and just give a 1099... or even better just give you cash.


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Jul 24, 2013 06:30 |  #7

I have run into this situation in a non-photography field. It most likely is the hiring company being overly cautious. They feel that if you are a company, the case is stronger that you are not an employee and the government would have less of a case to come after them for tax withholding, social security or even workmans comp. In some industries the line between employees and contractors is very blurry.




  
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Jul 24, 2013 07:54 as a reply to  @ ArtHummel's post |  #8

Can't speak to the specifics of the OP's situation, but I have a few clients that have an 'approved list' of photographers that they'll work with, and requirements to get on these lists are far and wide.


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Jul 24, 2013 08:57 |  #9

Ok, I dont have to have one. She said that she meant it more of in a kidding way since this is my first paying shoot. Hope it turns into more!


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Jul 24, 2013 12:06 |  #10

Griffew wrote in post #16149436 (external link)
Ok, I dont have to have one. She said that she meant it more of in a kidding way since this is my first paying shoot. Hope it turns into more!

Sounds like she was checking to see how high you would jump... :confused:


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