Setting up an online store: The basics

Setting up an online store: the basics

 

If you’re planning to set up an online store, you have a lot to consider. Amongst other things, your checklist will include applying for a business license, developing a concept, and calculating your finances. But don’t despair! A host of webstore programs and optimization...

 

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding

 

Crowdfunding is a way of raising funds for a project using an online campaign. It’s a popular way of financing, especially for private individuals and startups. Usually private individuals are addressed directly. Four main crowdfunding models have been established, which differ...

 

What is a patent

The patent: protecting valuable ideas

Humans are always producing inventions in the hope of making life easier. If you invent something new, you can apply for a patent. Patent laws are there to protect the inventor’s work since the patent is by definition a property right. But what exactly is a patent, what is its history, and how do you file one?

Small business schemes

Small business regulations and schemes –hints and tips

Starting something is often the hardest step, even if it is exciting. This applies to businesses as well, and as anyone with a background in small businesses or start-ups will know, you often need all the help you can get. By being tax-savvy, you may be able to provide your business with a leg-up in the beginning phases, by knowing what is tax deductible and what the available small business...

What is a small business?

Small businesses, explained

According to the US Small Business Association (SBA), a small business is a privately-owned and operated business with a small scale of trade and a small number of employees, depending on the industry. A small business can be an LLC, partnership, or sole proprietorship. There are many pros and cons to running a small business, and in this article we will be your guide and answer your questions.

Limited partnership

What is a limited partnership?

When two or more people join together to operate a business, they often choose a limited partnership as their legal structure. While it is fairly simple process to start a limited partnership, provisions regarding liability can sometimes pose major challenges to shareholders. Whoever enters into a limited partnership doesn’t just take over a part of the management duties, they also become...

Creating an LLC

Creating a Limited Liability Company

Do you want to put a business idea into practice and set up a Limited Liability Company? You may already have basic knowledge on LLCs, but do you know the process of starting one, how much it costs, and how long it will take? We list the steps to take and provide with a checklist so you can keep on track.

Capacity to contract

What is there to know about the capacity to contract?

Regulations around individuals’ capacity to contract look at who may act in legal transactions and who may not or only to a limited extent. In this way, persons unable to contract are to be protected from unknowingly damaging themselves or others. Whether a person has the capacity to contract depends on their age or mental health. But what is the capacity to contract, what changes at which age...

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a way of raising funds for a project using an online campaign. It’s a popular way of financing, especially for private individuals and startups. Usually private individuals are addressed directly. Four main crowdfunding models have been established, which differ depending on the rewards you promise your donors in return. In our article, you will also learn about what makes a good...

Stakeholder

Stakeholder - do you know your stakeholders?

You will most likely know the shareholders in your company. What does the stakeholder situation look like? The success of your company depends on various groups of people. Not all of these people are employed by you or have shares in your business. In particular, external stakeholders such as suppliers and customers, as well as the state and the general public, have a massive impact on the success...

Partnerships

Partnerships, explained

When setting up a company, you should consider carefully which legal form to take, since the rights and obligations of the shareholders and the company itself depend on it. It is important whether you choose a corporation or a partnership – and the choice of legal form also plays a role. If you choose a partnership, you will have to deal with its different legal forms. We explain how these differ....

Legal structures for online stores

An overview of the different business structures in the US

The business structure determines how a company is run regarding its legal aspects. It regulates the relationship between partners and shareholders as well as their relationship to the state and the environment. Here, we provide an overview of the most common legal structures in the US and explain what you should bear in mind when choosing the legal entity that’s right for you.

Get Started

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.