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3 types of business entities to consider

If you have ambitions to be an entrepreneur or enterpriser, you'll likely already have a business idea that you are confident you can be successful in. After you have created a business plan and have the funding that you need to get started, you should take the time to consider the type of business entity you want to form.

Your choice of entity could play a big factor in the success of your business since all types have pros and cons. The following is an overview of three types of business entities that are potentially available to you.

Sole proprietorship

A sole proprietorship is the most common option for individuals who want to start a business without employees. It's easy and inexpensive to set up, but there is no legal distinction between the business and the individual.

General partnership

A general partnership involves two or more business owners. It's also relatively inexpensive to form, but partners have to be liable for the business' debts.

Limited liability company (LLC)

An LLC is an association of two or more individuals. The main advantage of LLCs is the fact that owners are not personally liable for the debts held within the business. It also offers a huge amount of flexibility when it comes to the way that cash can be distributed and how income and losses are allocated. However, it is more complex than other options.

If you are starting a new business venture and you are unsure of the right type of business entity to form, you should consider the advantages and disadvantages as all, as well as how they relate to your individual needs.

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