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The right business entity: Setting your business up for success

When starting a business in Iowa, there is much more involved than simply opening up shop. There are both legal and financial decisions you will have to make, and these choices will factor into the future success of your company. It is prudent to proceed thoughtfully and carefully through these beginning stages of owning a business. 

One important step in the start-up process is choosing the right entity for your company. This choice will impact various aspects of your business operations, and the right decision depends largely on your goals, the type of business you have and other factors. Many entrepreneurs and business owners find it beneficial to seek help as they address these important matters.

What are your options?

There are various options available for those who are starting businesses and need to choose an appropriate entity. Some of the most common options include:

  • Partnership – A partnership is for two or more owners, and they will often share an equal say over what happens in the business. Partners will share liability for debts and financial responsibilities.
  • Sole proprietorship – If you are a sole business owner, this option means will mean you will carry all financial liability for the business. You will also have sole control over all operations.
  • Corporation – There are different types of corporations, and they provide varying levels of protection against personal liability for business debts.

When thinking about your choices, it is prudent to weigh your options carefully before moving forward. Factors to consider include how daily management of your company will work as well as the tax consequences of your entity choice. Additionally, it is prudent to be fully aware of your personal liability regarding business debts. This will limit your exposure to financial loss in case of an emergency, economic downturn or closure of the company. 

Developing the right strategy for your future success 

Every business is different. Before you move forward with your choice of business entity, it is prudent to first seek a complete assessment of your plans. This step can allow you understand the legal steps you will have to take and the various choices available to you regarding business entities. 

The start-up process of owning your own business can be complex and confusing. However, you do not have to walk through it alone. You may find great benefit in working under the guidance of an experienced business law attorney during the early stages of starting and running a company.

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