There's a lot on your mind when starting a business, so it's not out of the question that you'll overlook an important detail. Before you do anything, it's critical to learn more about proper business formation.
Here are five mistakes that many new business owners in Texas have made before you:
- Choosing the wrong business type: You have many options, including LLC, C Corporation, S Corporation, partnership and sole proprietor. There are pros and cons of all these entities, so make sure you carefully consider which one is best.
- Skipping this step: Yes, you're in a hurry to get down to business, but doing so before you legally form a company is a big mistake. This may not harm you now, but it will hold you back in a variety of ways in the future. For example, neglecting to form a company may put your personal assets at risk in the event of a lawsuit.
- Forming a business in the wrong state: Sometimes this is straightforward, but, other times, it's difficult to decide where to incorporate. This typically comes into play if you have locations in different states.
- Neglecting to maintain compliance: It's one thing to form a corporation, but another thing entirely to maintain compliance as the days go by. For example, you're required to keep personal funds and business funds separate. There are also a variety of tax requirements to meet.
- Neglecting to change: Even though it can be a time-consuming process, you have the right to change business types in the future. For instance, an LLC may have been best when starting your business, but you now realize that a C Corporation makes more sense. Don't hesitate to compare your options once a year (or more often) to decide if it makes sense to change.
With so much on your plate, it's easy to overlook the importance of properly forming the right type of business entity. It's just as easy to put no time into the process, assuming that every business type is similar.
Once you make the right choice and have everything in place, it's much easier to confidently turn your attention to other areas of your business.
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