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Determining how to structure your start-up business is a potentially complicated decision.

Your options include sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, and limited liability company, and each carries with it potential benefits and disadvantages with regard to the legal and financial obligations of your business.

Ultimately, the choice will be based on your individual goals and style of doing business.

The decision you make will impact how your company handles tax filing, licensing, the ability to control the company's operation or ownership, and to what extent you are personally liable for the company's debt or legal actions against the business.

Since there are so many issues involved -- and potentially momentous consequences of the decision -- your best bet is to do extensive research on your own, then seek the guidance of a legal or financial adviser who is familiar with your business before choosing a structure

For help with structuring your business, check out the following:


Small Business Guide


Small Business Guide

Starting Your Own Business - How to Structure Your Start-Up Business

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