I am UK based and am looking to set up my own game studio - essentially, just myself working from home, looking to build casual game apps. I want to ask you guys what steps or process i need to go through and do to make this happen, specifically the legal side of things. Will be great to hear from those who have been through this themselves! Need to register with HRMC as self employed is the only thing i know i have to do but what else?:
- Do i need to register/trademark my own company/studio name? If so, where do i do this and does it cost money? Or can i just simply start using a name as is?
- Do i need to also do this for any games/apps IP i make? Or is copyright automatically assumed?
- I gather acting as sole trader is more appropriate at this stage? At what point, if ever, should i consider moving to an actual limited company setup?
- Is it wise to open a new bank account solely for this business?
I think my plan was simply to: 1. Find a suitable domain name and create website based on my company name - assuming available and different enough from similar competitor names 2. Register as self employed with HRMC 3. Sell my game on app store
And thats it! Is this ok or do i need consider other stuff as well such as the questions above?
Thank you for reading and any advice you have!