Join Dana Robinson for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying to your situation, part of Setting Up Your Small Business as a Legal Entity.
- How does the original purpose…of a corporation apply today?…There were and still are two key purposes in forming…a corporation, joint ownership and limited liability.…Let me start with joint ownership.…Let's go back to the merchant ship as an example.…If you were a single merchant trying to find…a better source for rare spices,…you'd have to make a tremendous investment.…The odds of success were slim,…but the payoff for success was massive.…Only a few people had the wealth to single-handedly…undertake the risk of losing that much money.…
So, the formation of a corporation allowed businesses…to share ownership with other investors.…The effect was to share the financial risks,…as well as the rewards.…We call this issue joint ownership.…When it comes to joint ownership,…I try to get entrepreneurs…to start with these considerations.…Will you have multiple owners, like a partnership,…or will you have investors?…If you're operating a business as a single owner,…or husband and wife, and you don't have shareholders…or investors, you can simply be a sole proprietor.…
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- What is a sole proprietorship?
- Understanding corporate entities
- Exploring corporations and LLCs
- Choosing a corporate entity
- Creating an operating agreement
- Exploring incorporating examples
- Establishing an IRS tax ID