Most small businesses who run their own business will consider forming an LLC (limited liability company) or corporation at some point. And for good reason, doing so has many benefits.
Here are some things you should know about starting an LLC or corporation.
For starters, most small businesses today will create an LLC and not a corporation. There are many reasons for this, which mostly revolve around how LLCs are easier and cheaper to operate than a corporation. With that said, this is not a universal rule and there may be reasons to form a corporation based on your unique situation.
Limited liability is one of the biggest reasons to form an LLC or corporation. The concept is pretty simple–the owners of the business will not be liable for the debts and liabilities of the business. Thus, if the LLC breaches a contract, the LLC will be liable but the owner will not be liable unless they signed some kind of guarantee. But be careful, you’ll always be liable for your own wrongful actions.
Most LLCs can choose how they want to be taxed.
Both types of LLCs can elect to be taxed as an S-Corp. Learn more: What’s an S-Corp?
Another advantage of creating an LLC or corporation is that you can add co-owners. You can have multiple voting owners or a mix of voting and non-voting owners. This makes it easy to share the company’s profits with other people like employees and advisors.
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