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Take proper steps to choose a business form before opening

When you are ready to get your business off the ground, you have to think about what business form you are going to use. This might seem like a no-brainer, but it does take work and considerable thought to make this decision.

Here are a few things that you can do to work through the decision:

Write out a business plan

The business plan might make you exclude a business form or it could make one the obvious choice. Make sure that you think carefully about the business plan. An honest and well-researched plan can help your business to succeed.

Consider the tax implications

Taxes vary for many business forms. Make sure that you think about how you will have to handle taxes for each possibility. This can be a complex factor to consider, so make sure that you work with someone who has knowledge about this matter.

Check the local and state laws

You need to make sure that your company can do business in your your area. Don't stop with the location of your initial location. Find out if you will be able to do business in other areas, including other states, where you might want to do business.

Make your decisions before your company opens

Don't open your business until you decide on the form. This is an important part of your business, so make sure that you take the proper steps and have everything in order before you start doing business.

Opening a business, especially when the business isn't a sole proprietorship, takes a lot of work. Taking the time to get your affairs in order as you work to open can help you out tremendously along the way.

Source: FindLaw, "Do's and Don'ts: Choosing a Business Form," accessed July 05, 2017

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