I have been encouraged by several colleagues (some of whom are pros) and friends to start uploading some of my images to stock libraries and to start looking into gallery representation, selling prints, etc. To date, I have not crossed over into the business side of photography, although my scanning and transmission electron micrographs (I am a biologist) have been featured on six different scientific journal covers, as well as textbooks, newspapers, etc. I own copyright on many of these, but I also do my own landscape and nature photography with my own dSLR.
In any case, I basically know squat about business/accounting/taxes. To say the least, I do not find these topics interesting in and of themselves, but I do realize that I need to educate myself to a certain degree. To start, I see no need to start my own business, but I suppose there may be advantages in doing so eventually (i.e., if my images can garner enough interest). I need some basic business background (Business for Dummies?
) and also a good book on the legal/copyright issues pertaining to photographers. Any other books/articles (even YouTube videos) any of you could suggest would be greatly appreciated.