Starting a business can be a dream come true for many entrepreneurs. Once you’ve decided on the right legal structure and told the IRS about your plans, you may think you’re ready to get going. But depending on the type of business you operate you may have to apply for a license or permit to sell goods or services. Here’s what you need to know.
Getting a loan sometimes doesn’t work out because the bank is not certain that the applicant can afford the instalments. A guarantee helps secure this. But what is a guarantee ? It gives a creditor additional security for an agreed payment: in an emergency, the guarantor pays the amount owed. This can be a private person, but also an insurance company or a bank, for example. What exactly is a...
What happens when a limited liability company needs more money than it can raise on its own? In this instance, the operating agreement may include a call for additional capital contributions. We explore what they are and how they differ from initial capital contributions.
A sole proprietorship is one of the easiest types of businesses to set up. All you need to get started is a business idea and a bit of courage. The one-person business does not require registration with the state, but there are plenty of other requirements you will need to fulfill. It’s important to understand the risks and costs that could arise when you’re setting up a sole proprietorship.
Sole proprietorships are by far the most popular business form in the USA. Compared to other enterprise structures, the set-up costs are low and large financial reserves aren’t necessary. This structure makes it easy and uncomplicated to become self-employed. However, there are also drawbacks and risks that every founder should be aware of beforehand.
Starting a non-profit corporation can be a great way to give back to the community or support a cause you are passionate about. A growing number or start-ups are turning to this corporate structure because of its associated limited liability protection, tax exemption status and high degree of flexibility. But the charitable nature of the business has to be confirmed by the Internal Revenue...
For social entrepreneurs and individuals looking to start-up their own social or charitable companies, choosing the right legal form for their business matters greatly. Registering as a non-profit corporation offers plenty of advantages including tax exemption, limited liabilities, access to grants and the prestige of a formal structure. But what exactly is a non-profit?
Finding a company name has caused many a headache: How can you choose a name that’s compelling and imaginative, and at the same time succinctly describes your line of business? What’s more, it needs to comply with legal requirements. We explain how to choose an ideal business name and what you should keep in mind.
Whenever you have contact with the IRS, you are required to provide a tax identification number, often abbreviated to TIN or tax ID number. There are many different types of TIN, so it can seem like a lot of administrative work to apply for the right one. Find out which one you need and how to apply for the right TIN here.
Before registering a business, every entrepreneur is faced with the same question: Which business structure should I choose? So that you can answer this question with confidence, it’s best to know the difference between a corporation and a partnership. Here, we’ll introduce you to the many different types of corporations in the United States and how they differ in their rights and regulations.
Starting a business can be challenging. In this category, prospective entrepreneurs will find everything from coming up with a sustainable idea and creating a strong business plan, to funding, legalities, and the key steps required to get a project off the ground.