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How to Set up Your Start up Business

How to Set up Your Start up Business

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How to Set up Your Start up Business

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Jan 20, 2012
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Entrepreneurs Brief Guide, Volume 1 - How to Set up Your Start up Business

This e-book consists of twelve “Entrepreneurs Brief Guides”, addressing all you need to know about setting up and starting a new business. It contains independent and practical advice for entrepreneurs and small to medium sized businesses (SMEs). Designed to help your business achieve its daily objectives of acquiring and retaining customers, this guide is invaluable to any start up company and small business owner.

Learn how to: (1) Form a Business, (2) Research Your Market, (3) Develop a Business Plan, (4) Hire the Right Accountant, (5) Become a Franchisee, (6) Finance Your Business, (7) Apply for Grants, (8) Search for Your Business Premises, (9) Set up Your Office, (10) Set up Your I.T. System, (11) Insure Your Business and (12) Recruit Skilled Employees

Pubblicato:
Jan 20, 2012
ISBN:
9781465701831
Formato:
Libro

Informazioni sull'autore

Dr Jim Porter is a chartered engineer, qualified to a PhD level from London University, with more the 25 years business experience. He has worked for several multinational companies in Europe and the USA. His experience stretches from new products development, project management, new business building, profit and loss responsibility, to the creation of several successful joint ventures and acquisitions. Currently, he is a senior executive, responsible for strategy development and growth initiatives, including partnerships and new businesses building. Dr Porter is particularly interested in business incubation, helping entrepreneurs and start up business owners to achieve their personal and business objectives. Dr Porter is the author of several publications, including a book titled “How to bake your business idea and eat it”, and the creator of “Entrepreneurs Brief Guides” series. Dr Porter is a Fellow Member of several professional organizations and institutions in Europe and the USA. He can be contacted on his email TheJimPorter@gmail.com .

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How to Set up Your Start up Business - Dr Jim Porter

How to Set up Your Start up Business

Entrepreneurs Brief Guide - Volume 1

Dr Jim Porter

This e-book consists of twelve Entrepreneurs Brief Guides, addressing all you need to know about setting up and starting a new business. It contains independent and practical advice for entrepreneurs and small to medium sized businesses (SMEs). Designed to help your business achieve its daily objectives of acquiring and retaining customers, this guide is invaluable to any start up company and small business owner.

Learn how to:

Form a Business

Research Your Market

Develop a Business Plan

Hire the Right Accountant

Become a Franchisee

Finance Your Business

Apply for Grants

Search for Your Business Premises

Set up Your Office

Set up Your I.T. System

Insure Your Business

Recruit Skilled Employees

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How to Set up Your Start up Business

Dr Jim Porter

Revision: SW.01.001

Copyright © 2011 – All Rights Reserved.

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Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.

No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written permission of the author.

ISBN: 978-1-4657-0183-1

Publisher: Smashwords, Inc.

Chapter No. 1: How to Form a Business

Having made your decision to start a business, you must look into some legal requirements for the start up, such as the kind of ownership you are looking for, the name/title of the business organization and your relationship with your partners.

Learn How To:

Choose the right business legal form

Maintain working relationships

Select a name for your business

Deciding on the most appropriate legal structure for your start up business is critical step, as it could impact the degree of financial risk you are exposed to, the control you maintain over your business and the level of expected daily administration activities.

Having made your decision to start a business, you must look into some legal requirements for the start up, such as the kind of ownership you are looking for, the name/title of the business organisation and your relationship with your partners.

The Legal Form to Be Adopted

The following are the main choices you can consider for the legal form that can be adopted for your business.

If you are the sole proprietor of your business, you are self-employed and have no legal structure to adhere to.

In the case of a partnership, two or more business partners will work with you and will share the profits and losses equally.

There is also a limited company type, in which the business is a separate legal entity. In this, the business is distinct from its directors, shareholders and employees. Unlike the other two, in this type the business can sue or be sued separately from its owners.

A limited partnership liability could be said to be a mixture of a partnership and a limited company. In this type, the partners have a limited liability and the business can run even with the resignation or death of its partners.

These days, other forms of business such as Co-operative Societies and Company Interest Societies have also become quite widespread. However, once you have adapted a certain legal form, it is still possible to change it although it will require a lot of investment in terms of time and finance. If your business has re-registered with VAT, you must inform your local VAT office within a 30 day time period. The other legal requirement for the change can be checked with your legal and accounting departments.

Sole Proprietorship

A sole proprietorship is when the business is owned and managed by a single person. Many new start-ups prefer to have a sole proprietorship as it comes across as the best and most feasible option.

The advantages of a sole proprietorship are as follows:

Setting up the business is very simple and can be quickly done by just registering your business with the VAT, tax and other concerned authorities.

Your gross tax payments will be lower compared to other forms of business; this is, of course, if your earnings are not very high.

Your National Insurance will be low.

You can maintain simple, unaudited accounts.

Later on, you can also form a limited company and merge your business with it by paying some stamp duty.

The disadvantages of a sole proprietorship are:

As a sole proprietor, your financial options are quite limited and you are entitled to fewer social security benefits.

Your assets are at a high risk, as you are personally responsible for all your debts.

Also, it will be difficult to sell or pass on your business to others.

Partnership

A partnership form of business shares the same advantages and disadvantages as a sole proprietorship. However there are a few other aspects as well:

While forming a partnership, you must first initially have an agreement drawn by a lawyer and agreed upon by all partners in order to avoid future disputes.

In a partnership, each member is liable for the losses or debts suffered, even if caused by other members.

There is more scope in a partnership to raise money as all the other partners could contribute financially as well.

Limited Company

The advantages of a limited company have a propensity to increase as your business develops. The following are the advantages:

In the case of a limited company, the liability of the members is restricted to the amount they have invested in the company by buying the shares. Personal liabilities may arise in rare circumstances of company fraud or security on company borrowing etc.

In terms of financial stability, it is easier to raise money or to sell the business when need arises since a limited company enjoys more credibility.

High earners can enjoy tax advantages by keeping their money in the business or pension payments.

The few disadvantages are:

Annual accounts are usually more complicated. Also a high turnover requires for regular audits. If your turnover climbs above £5.6 million, an independent audit is compulsory, costing you at least £2,000.

There are greater costs and obligations involved. Ceasing the business is a lengthy and expensive procedure.

The National Insurance payments are higher as you have to pay the directors’, employers’ and employees’ National Insurance contribution on salaries.

A limited company must be registered at Companies House and thus setting up a limited company involves some red tape. Hence you can adapt one of these methods:

You can ask your solicitor or accountant to buy you an off-the-shelf company and to provide advice on all the details (costs will be from £200 upwards).

You could use a reputable company registration agent (cost will be around £60 - £200).

You can also undertake the registration process yourself after seeking professional advice and guidance.

Like the partnership agreement, in a limited company, a shareholders agreement helps all the people involved in a business discern their credibility and share in the business. The agreement covers the key issues regarding the business and possible ‘what if’ scenarios, such as:

How much money the members will contribute in the initial investment and for what amount of reward in return?

If need be, how will you raise money for the capital in the future?

If in the future a member needs to take out extra money, how will that situation be dealt with?

How will the dividends and salaries be distributed to the directors and shareholders?

Who will take all these crucial decisions?

How fast will the business expand and who is responsible for each business

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