Business and company ownerships

Essay by homie1University, Bachelor'sA-, April 2006

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The key differences that a lot of people notice among a sole proprietorship, a partnership, and a corporation is different things. A plan of action is needed to fulfill the goal of being your own boss and running a successful business. Success lies in the approach you choose to take. Once, you, the entrepreneur have determined the goods or services your new company will offer and whether there is a market for the product, a decision must be made on the type of business formation. When you start a new business, you must decide on a legal structure for it. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages usually you will choose a sole proprietorship, a partnership, a limited liability company (LLC), or a corporation. There's no right or wrong choice that fits everyone. Your job is to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each legal structure and pick the one that best meets your needs.

The majority of all small business starts out as sole proprietorships. These companies are owned by one person, usually the individual who has day-to-day responsibility for running the business. Sole proprietors own all the assets of the business and the profits generated by it. They also assume complete responsibility for any of its liabilities or debts. In the view of the law and the public, you are one in the same with the business. The owner needs to secure the necessary licenses, tax identification number, and certifications in his or her name and you are now in business.

A Partnership is an agreement in which you and one or more people combine resources in a business with a view to making a profit. In a General Partnership, you and one or more other owner would share the management of a business, and each partner would...