Registering as Self Employed.
We discussed the various avenues open to us.
We were asked to do a 400-600 word discussion on this:
My decisions on this are as follows:
I will go ahead as a sole trader. I have been a LTD company before, but that was industry driven (The IT industry uses only LTD or Umberella workers.)
I personally found the process cumbersome and time consuming. While it has advantages (Protection from personal debt, etc.), it is simply not for me. ALSO, the use of “Ltd.” at the end of any business documentation implies a certain status, and that is not always popular in the fields of photography and creative arts.
Therefore, I will be Doug Stevens Photography, sole trader.
I’ve put out a request to the Media guys for a “branding” exercise,” but so far nothing has been returned.
I already had two business cards, reflecting my two identities:
Doug Stevens Photography, and Skookian.
I’m fine with Skookian. The website associated with “him” needs to be re-vamped, but the business card is quirky and effective.
Doug Stevens Photography needs a rebrand, but I’m not getting anywhere with that. I’ve simplified the look of my website, and ordered up some more simple business cards.
I’ve already engaged an accountant, and when the time is right (Depending on other business interests) I will register as a sole trader. This will more than likely be an amalgamation of two or three business ideas, not solely photography.
Well. Here goes. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.