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Surfboard Business Report

Executive summary

Danny, Zac and Christina are looking to open up a new surfboard making business with their limited experience in the field. Danny gained some basic accounting skills from a medium sized transport company. Zac just completed a business degree from a University and Christina is a part time worker in a surf shop. Together, they have an experience in making surfboards for their family and friends; and are well known in the local Bondi community.

The business report will provide a clear explanation to the different choices of legal structure according to the surfboard business's requirement including a suggestion and reasons behind them. The report will also analyse the challenges that Zac, Danny and Christina's business will face in each phase of the business life cycle.

Classifying the surfboard business according to legal structure

The legal structure refers to how the ownership of the business is registered.

There are 4 different legal structures that Danny, Zac and Christina can choose for their surfboard making business.

Sole Trader

A sole trader is when a business can be owned and operated by only one person. A sole trader structure would not be appropriate for the surfboard business because then there will be only one owner for the business to operate whereas there's three of them who equally wants to be responsible for the business.

Public Company

Public company is a business that has ownership opened to all the member of public through the issue of share on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).

Public company also wouldn't be the right choice for the surfboard business because public companies are very large in size and also cost a lot to start the business with.


Partnership is an unincorporated business that is owned and operated by 2 to 20...