I am getting ready to make the move to "officially" starting my photography business (getting licensed, a tax ID #, printing up lit, etc.) However, I'm finding that just to *apply* for a home business permit, the township wants to charge me $100!!! Just so I can say, yes, I have a photography business, and my equipment lives at my house! UGH!! I don't plan on doing anything at my home, other than bookwork stuff, and PhotoShop-ing photos, etc. Nothing that would disturb anyone. Has anyone else run into this? If I work from home and don't get the licensing/permit thing then I really can't advertise, get a phone book listing, etc.
My other choice is to get a store front. Okay, at this point, I don't want to spend the money on something I don't expect I would really be getting much return on. A friend had an idea though, and I'm wondering if anyone has heard of this/done this, and would I be "okay" as far as the city/township permit people are concerned? Here's the idea: I have friends that own a good sized business in our town. My friend thinks I should sign a "contract" with them to rent "space" from them (thus, my official place of business) for some nominal non-amount of money so that I can avoid all the home business crap. Would I be able to pull this off? Would I be in major trouble with the powers that be if they show up to "inspect" my business or whatever, and I'm not there, no real business (of mine) evident, etc? What do I do? I have clients starting to reserve me for events this summer and I need to make a move soon, so that all the paperwork is in place in time.