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How Business Law Affects Entrepreneurs

Awareness of business law basics is very important to ensure that your starting livelihood will have a good run in the market. Sufficient knowledge will help you avoid going through the same struggles that small businesses accidentally had to go through with the law. Here are a few things you should know so you can avoid clashing with the law:

First of all, you should determine which of these three will be your business’ startup: sole proprietor, corporation, or limited liability company. Each of these have different laws that protect their interests.
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Sole proprietorship simply means that even if the company has a different name than its owner, the owner will still be responsible of paying debts and everything else that the company gets involved in. Though this is the easiest to set up and the most popular business form, debts or lawsuits held against the company will make the owner responsible for everything.

As for corporations, these are a group of people who act as a single entity and raise their capital by selling their stock shares in the company. Stockholders are called partial company owners. The downside of a corporation is it can have issues with taxation.

Limited liability companies not only pay less taxes than corporations but they also do not sell their stocks and they acquire money by their own means.

Having a background of business law will help you determine which business form you should take upon.

For companies with multiple co-owners, it is best to create a legal agreement that will ensure the security and benefit of everyone who owns the business. In co-owned companies, there are so many things you need to discuss with the others including how the breakdown of ownership percentages should be presented, the responsibilities of the members, and how ownership stakes should be distributed among remaining board members in the case that a founding members gets removed from his post or decides to opt out. The cost of each share should also be agreed upon in a corporation.

Taxes are a vital part of business law. Knowing your tax obligations will save you a lot of time and effort as you plan the fiscal year. To make sure you won’t find yourself at war with the law, educate yourself on the proper taxes that your company should pay; this will not just be for your self-assurance in terms of honesty, but it will also be an edge for your company’s good standing. It is also advisable that you understand your state’s requirements since these will all affect your livelihood. Knowing and fully understanding the things that your company is responsible for will be an advantage not just for you but for other members of the entity.

Entrepreneurs should be well aware of the possible risks that come with starting a new business. Understanding even just the basics of business law will prove to be helpful in the future since this will allow you to have a clear picture of your legal and tax obligations. Most often than not, starting companies believe that knowledge of the law will come along as the business grows but as the company’s activities get to the boiling point, legal obligations may be neglected. Knowing what to do gives you the power of control over hectic situations. If you’re confused with something, seek the help of an attorney.