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Choosing the best structure for your business

Starting a new business is a process that can be both incredibly challenging and immensely rewarding. In addition to the planning and execution of starting a new business, you will also have important legal and financial matters to consider during this time as well. One of the most important decisions you will make is regarding the structure of your company. This is a critical choice as it can impact everything from how you pay taxes to how the business functions.

The choice of entity is one of the most important decisions you will make as a business owner. It is important to carefully consider your options and make a choice based on what you think will be best both now and well into the future. It is in your interests to understand all the business structure options available to you, as well as the potential benefits each may offer your Georgia company.

Which option is ideal?

There are various types of business entities, and the right one for your business depends on factors that include the type of business you own, the personal liability you are willing to carry for business debts and other factors. The legal structure of a business impacts taxes, paperwork, personal liability of the owner, hierarchy of company leadership and more. The most common business entity options include the following:

  • Partnership — A partnership is a business relationship between two or more people. They may share responsibility for the business, liability for company debts and profits.
  • Sole proprietorship — This may be the ideal selection for someone who will be the sole owner and operator of the company. A sole proprietor will be solely responsible for all business debts and profits.
  • Limited liability company — An LLC is a structure that allows owners and partners to shield their own financial interests against business-related liabilities, as well as enjoy certain tax benefits.

These are only a few of the options you have regarding the legal structure of your business. You may benefit from seeking guidance regarding the factors that could impact your decision and what should be taken into consideration before moving forward. An assessment of your case will help you understand how you can make choices that will lay the foundation for a strong and successful future for your company.