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Basic considerations when contemplating a partnership agreement

There are many considerations that must be made when starting a business. Among them is the type of legal structure that will be utilized. This seemingly basic decision can lay the framework for businesses operations, liabilities and taxation. Therefore, there is a lot at stake when making this business decision. This can be especially true when creating a partnership.

Know what documents you need to start your business

Whether it's a startup out in the garage or a mom-and-pop restaurant in town, if you are starting a small business, you will first need to draft and file some basic business documents. This is in addition to obtaining all necessary city, parish, state and federal licenses and permits to operate.

Thinking of starting a business? Consider working with a lawyer

Many Baton Rouge residents dream of one day being their own boss. Still, starting a business can be a daunting process. Raising capital to purchase or lease commercial real estate, buy supplies, and hire employees can be challenging enough, but other considerations, such as a business structure and the creation of a business plan, must also be taken into account.

Understanding business formation and business structure

Choosing a business structure may seem as basic as it gets when it comes to entrepreneurship. Yet, it is a decision that can have resounding consequences. This is why Louisianans need to be thoughtful in their decision-making process when it comes to this issue. Hopefully, this post will give them some things to consider before moving forward with creating a business.

Corporate bylaws and the board of directors

As we have mentioned on this blog many times before, there are a considerable number of issues that must be considered before starting a business. A business structure must be chosen, critical positions must be filled, a business plan should be developed, and financing must be acquired. Yet, even once the doors of a business open, the ongoing management and direction of the business can be crucial, setting the stage for success or failure. This is why a business's board of directors are so important.

A brief look at the Limited Liability Company or LLC

As we have discussed previously on this blog, there are a number of business structures that can be utilized to fit an entrepreneur's needs. Sole Proprietorships are easy to create and have little to no government oversight, but they can leave owners open to personal liability. Corporations, on the other hand, are highly regulated but protect business owners from liability. When creating a business, one must also consider how much power he or she wants to retain over business decisions, as Sole Proprietors fully control every aspect of their business, but power is divided in a Corporation.

The basics of venture capital

There are many issues that can make it difficult to successfully start a Louisiana business. As we discussed previously on this blog, choosing the right business structure is one of them. However, even after settling on a business formation type, a business owner may struggle to figure out how to fund his or her startup costs. This is no small thing, of course, as these funds are essential to getting a business off the ground and maintaining its viability.

Business formation: the partnership

Trying to figure out which Illinois business structure to utilize when starting a business can be stressful and frustrating. One can easily become confused by all of the advantages and disadvantages posed by each structure type. However, one should not become overwhelmed. By working closely with a skilled business law professional one can ensure that they are making the right legal and business choices to further their interests.

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