2 Entrepreneurs need to understand the advantages and disadvantages of various types of businesses so that they can choose the one that best suits their needs.
3 Sole ProprietorshipThe easiest and most popular form of business ownership is the sole proprietorship.sole proprietorshipa business that is owned and operated by one person
4 Sole Proprietorship The owner of a sole proprietorship: receives the profits,incurs any losses, andis liable for the debts of the business.
5 Sole ProprietorshipIn a sole proprietorship the owner must decide how much liability protection he or she needs.liability protectioninsurance against the debts and actions of a business
6 Advantages Sole proprietorship is easy and inexpensive to create. The owner has complete authority over all business activities.It is the least regulated form of business ownership.The business pays no taxes; income is taxed at the personal rate of the owner.
7 Disadvantages The owner has unlimited liability. Raising capital is more difficult.The business is totally reliant on the skills and abilities of the owner.The death of owner dissolves the business unless there is a will to the contrary.
8 DisadvantagesThe biggest disadvantage of a sole proprietorship is financial.In this form of business ownership, the owner has unlimited liability.unlimited liabilityfull responsibility for all debts and actions of a business
9 PartnershipA partnership draws on the skills, knowledge, and financial resources of more than one person.partnershipan unincorporated business with two or more owners who share the decisions, assets, liabilities, and profits
10 General vs Limited Partnership The law requires that all partnerships have at least one general partner.A partnership may be set up so that all of the partners are general partners.general partnera participant in a partnership who has unlimited personal liability and takes full responsibility for managing the business
11 Partnership Some partnerships include a limited partner. a partner in a business whose liability is limited to his or her investment; a limited partner cannot be actively involved in managing the business
12 Partnership Partnerships are inexpensive to create. General partners have complete control.Partners can share ideas.Partners can share ideas.
13 PartnershipIt is difficult to dissolve one partner’s interest without dissolving the partnership.There may be personality conflicts.Partners can be held liable for each others’ actions.
14 corporationsIn a corporation, the owners of the business are protected from liability for the actions of the company.There are three types of corporations:C-CorporationSubchapter S CorporationNonprofit Corporationcorporationa business that is registered by a state and operates apart from its owners; it issues shares of stock and lives on after the owners have sold their interest or passed away
15 C- corporations A C-corporation is the most common corporate form. C-Corporations: In smaller corporations, the founders generally are the major shareholders.C-corporationan entity that pays taxes on earnings; its shareholders pay taxes as wellshareholdersthe owners of a corporation
16 ability to raise investment money C-corporationsADVANTAGESstatuslimited liabilityability to raise investment moneyperpetual existenceemployee benefitstax advantages
17 C-corporations ADVANTAGES Corporate shareholders have limited liability, but some banks require officers to personally guarantee the debts of the company.limited liabilitypartial responsibility of a corporate shareholder; he or she is responsible only up to the amount of his or her individual investment
18 C-corporations DISADVANTAGES expensive to set up income more heavily taxedsubject to double taxation on incomepays taxes on profitsstockholders taxed on dividends
19 NON-PROFIT CORPORATIONS A nonprofit corporation must fall within one of four categories:religioncharitypublic benefitmutual benefitnonprofit corporationa legal entity that makes money for reasons other than the owner’s profit; it can make a profit, but the profit must remain within the company
20 Corporations- limited liability There are many benefits to forming a limited liability company (LLC).Simpler to set up than a corporation.Allows for the flexibility of a partnership structure.Protects its owners with the limited liability of a corporation.No subject to double taxation.No limitations on the number of members or their status.limited liability company (LLC)a company whose owners and managers have limited liability and some tax benefits, but which avoids some restrictions associated with Subchapter S corporations
21 corporationsBefore deciding on a legal form, ask yourself key questions about:Making the Decisionyour skills?access to capital?Expenses?willingness to assume liability?level of control wanted?length of time you expect to own the business?