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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.

The advantages and disadvantages of sole proprietorship

There are many options when it comes to choosing a business structure. Each has its own advantage, of course, and many have certain limitations. Therefore, you need to engage in careful consideration before choosing a business structure. After all, you'll likely be married to this structure for as long as your business is around.

Financing a franchise

Being an entrepreneur can be a very lucrative move to make. When choosing to start a business, there are many avenues to take, any of which could lead to success. Recently, this blog discussed the corporate structure. This is one option available to those seeking to start a business, but it is not by any means the only one. While many Louisianans choose to start their own business from the ground up, others find that process intimidating. As a result, these individuals often choose to franchise existing businesses. However, before engaging in franchising, an individual must have a solid understanding of the franchise agreement and financing.Franchise financing used to be much easier than it is today. Although franchises have lower default rates on their business loans than other small business owners, bankers are still requiring more equity investment prior to issuing loans for franchise licensing purposes. This means that they often want to see detailed business plans, significant operator participation and significant amounts of equity investment by the franchisee.Financing a franchise is no small thing. The cost can be much larger than many anticipate. The initial franchising fee itself can be tens to even hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the circumstances at hand. This is especially true if, in addition to the actual franchise, the franchisee enters into a territorial agreement. Other costs can quickly rack up, too. These include building, inventory and personnel costs. While some of these expenses should be financed through equity, a significant portion of it, if not a vast portion of it, Will likely come through financing.Franchising can be a great option for those who are looking to start a business. However, there are many contractual agreements that must be negotiated and entered into in order to an individual to secure the rights to a franchise, obtain adequate financing and protect a franchisee's best interest. For assistance in negotiating and even creating these contracts, an individual may want to speak with an experienced business law attorney.

A closer look at the corporation business structure

There are many decisions that must be made when choosing to start a Louisiana business. Financing, human resources and the state of the market must all be taken into consideration. Yet, one of the first decisions that must be made involves choosing a business structure. This initial step may seem basic enough, but it can shape the way a business operates for its entire life. Choosing a business structure without truly understanding it can leave a business and its owners at a disadvantage.

The importance of selecting a business form

Business formation is sometimes overlooked but can be one of the most important parts of the process of setting up a business. Business formation decisions impact the structure of the business, the conduct of the business, requirements of the business, legal liability and tax obligations.

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