When someone starts a new business, one of the first decisions to make is whether or not to form a sole proprietorship or partnership. Partnerships alter the legal structure of the business, taxes and relationships in ways you must consider before you simply assume the best solution is dividing ownership of the business.
There are pros and cons of bringing in others as partners instead of hiring them as employees or receiving loans instead of giving away equity.
It is easier to create a general partnership than form a corporation. The biggest risk this creates is personal liability. A corporation is a separate legal entity that has to have its own financial accounts and takes on the financial and legal liabilities of the company.…Continue reading