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Louisiana start-up success depends on sound decisions


A successful Louisiana start-up depends in part on making the right choices at the outset. One of the best reasons to begin a business is to solve a problem that others face. Another useful tip for hopeful entrepreneurs starting a business is to focus more on customers than competitors. Focusing on needs of customers, and how to meet those needs, is critical to success.

It may also be useful to keep in mind that investors commonly like big ideas that contribute change. Just as it is important to be able to effectively explain the idea behind the business and the problem it solves to investors and potential customers, it is equally important to be able to effectively make decisions about business formation and which entity form best meets the needs and goals of the business.

Business formation decisions have long-term implications for a start-up company. Choosing the best form of entity, such as a limited liability company, limited partnership or corporation, is one of the first important decisions an entrepreneur has to make. Factors to consider include the size of the business, how capital will be raised, and the tax advantages of each entity considered. Informed decisions that are made at the business formation stage can help the start-up company during its initial stages and also help ensure the long-term success of the company.

Having proper guidance and information at the start-up stage, and throughout the life of the company, can help lay the path for continued success which is, ultimately, each entrepreneur's dream.

Source: Investors.com, "Several Factors Go Into Starting A Business Off Right," Michael Mink, July 28, 2014

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