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A basic checklist before starting your business

On Behalf of | Dec 16, 2019 | business law |

Many people dream of starting their own company. Still, very few of those people pursue their passion because starting a business is incredibly challenging and requires a significant amount of time and money.

Luckily, there are ways to reduce the challenge and make a business more successful before opening the company’s doors.

Choose a business formation

Most entrepreneurs know they must build a legal structure for their business, but it is difficult to decide which formation will work best for your company’s needs. There are four primary formations:

  1. Sole Proprietorship
  2. Partnership
  3. Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  4. Corporation

The business owner must weigh the benefits and disadvantages of each formation to make an informed decision about the best choice for them. Entrepreneurs can greatly benefit from consulting with attorneys who have significant experience in business law for guidance on the best structure for their company.

Develop a financial plan for your business

Finances and investments are a crucial aspect of running a company – without proper funding, you will not be able to open your doors anytime soon. Luckily, taking the time to prepare a financial plan will help negate any potential financial problems.

It also allows you to approach investors with a solid idea and answer any questions related to finances, distribution or product development. If you are not comfortable developing a financial plan, find a business partner or accountant to help you create a foundation for a plan.

Build a legal foundation

After choosing a formation and financial plan, you have more freedom to build the foundation of your company and set up its legal aspects. For example, you will need to work with the Louisiana Secretary of State, The Louisiana Department of Revenue and The Louisiana Workforce Commission to register your business, its name and bring on employees.

All these small legal actions lead up to running a smooth transition as you start selling goods or merchandise to customers. This makes it necessary to work with legal representation that you trust to guide you through the business process.