When starting a business, one of the most important decisions the entrepreneur will make is what business form to select. Entity formation can have a significant impact on the business at the beginning and throughout the life of the business so it is important to select wisely and carefully and for entrepreneurs and business owners to be familiar with their options.

There are a variety of different business form options with different benefits, and potential drawbacks, to be familiar with. Taking different considerations into account when evaluating the best business form for the business can help determine which option is best. Variables such as the costs of starting up the business and the future plans the business owner has for the business should all be considered during the business formation process.

The factors that business owners should take into account when determining the best business form for their venture include the cost of running the business which can vary by business form; the ease of running the business which can also be impacted by the type of business form selected in terms of day-to-day operations or compliance issues; operational control over the business which may be impacted by the different business form; the type of public information that will be available associated with a particular business form; the risk in terms of personal liability associated with the business form; the taxation structure associated with the business form; capitalization options for the particular business form and how that may impact expansion of the business; and termination issues including how the business form may impact winding down the business or selling the business.

There are many important considerations to take into account when starting a business and one of the first decisions the entrepreneur will make is what business form to select. Familiarity with the different business structures available will help them make the best decisions for the health and success of their business.