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2 critical decisions you should make when forming a business

On Behalf of | Feb 20, 2024 | Business Law |

Starting a business can be a notable endeavor that requires careful consideration and planning. A well-crafted business plan serves as a roadmap for your business, highlighting your growth goals and financial projections.

Your business plan should not only help you clarify your vision but also demonstrate your commitment to achieving success. The following are some business planning decisions that can potentially influence the likelihood of your business achieving success when launching a new venture.

Choosing the right business structure

One of the first decisions you’ll need to make when forming a business is selecting the appropriate legal structure. Your choice will impact your taxes, liability and operational flexibility. Some of the business structures you can consider are:

  • Sole proprietorship: In a sole proprietorship, you are personally responsible for the business’s debts and liabilities.
  • Partnership: Partnerships involve sharing ownership of the business with one or more partners.
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC): LLCs offer limited liability protection, flexibility and tax benefits.
  • Corporation: Corporations are separate legal entities owned by shareholders.

Setting up a suitable business structure depends on various factors, including the nature of your business, the number of owners and your long-term goals.

Securing financing

Financing is essential for starting or expanding a business. Therefore, try to secure the right financing option when you’re funding initial startup costs. For example, bootstrapping involves funding your business with personal savings, revenue or loans from friends and family. While it allows you to retain full control and ownership of your business, it may limit your growth potential.

Small business loans from banks, online lenders or credit unions provide capital for various business needs, such as purchasing equipment and hiring staff. To secure these loans, you typically require a strong credit history and collateral.

Forming a business involves making critical decisions that can impact its success and sustainability. By choosing the right business structure, seeking legal guidance and securing appropriate financing, you can set your venture on a path to growth and profitability.