There are numerous ways that someone with a business idea can structure their company. Some people choose a basic sole proprietorship if they intend to do things on their own, while others might decide that a partnership is what they need.
Those with big plans may want more protection, such as what incorporation offers. There are numerous complex corporate forms to consider. Many entrepreneurs will decide that a limited liability corporation (LLC) is the ideal structure for their business concept. What benefits make LLCs so popular among those starting a company?
Pass-through taxation benefits
When you are the owner and operator of an LLC, there are some potential tax benefits. Being able to pass income along from the company to the owner can allow for significant tax advantages for the owner. They can claim the income as an individual and not as a business.
The company first has the opportunity to reduce how much income it passes on to the owner by offsetting business expenses, allowing for multiple potential tax benefits for the company and the person running it.
Protection from personal liability
Perhaps one of the most compelling reasons to consider an LLC as your business structure is how it protects the individual starting the business from much of the risks involved.
For example, if the product or idea that you want to distribute through the business turns out to be dangerous, your personal assets and income could be at risk if people bring a lawsuit against a sole proprietorship.
However, in an LLC, there are protections for the business owner that will limit how much financial liability they have for claims against the business due to a lawsuit or unpaid debts if the business fails.
Ease of establishment and direct control
Some of the more complex corporate structures can also offer benefits to the person starting the business, but there can be a substantial investment of time and resources required to create the company. Often, the involvement of multiple other people in the management of the business is an important part of a more complex corporation.
An LLC still allows for sole proprietorship. Although even an LLC requires careful planning when starting a business, the start-up investment will be less than what is necessary for more complex corporate structures.
Considering your plans for the business and your needs as it grows can help you decide what business form to use for your company.