Corporations

Continuing our series on business structures for small business owners we are now to the fourth installment:  Corporations.  Previously, I’ve discussed Sole Proprietorship, Limited Liability Company, and Partnership.  The two types I’m going to discuss are what are known as “C corporation” and “S Corporation.  Let’s take a deeper look at C Corporations first. The standard corporation, also called C Corporation or C corp, must … Continue reading Corporations

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Partnership

This week we are going to review the business structure of a partnership, the third in a series highlighting various business structures and which one is potentially most beneficial to you. Previously I’ve discussed Limited Liability Corporations and Sole Proprietorship.  Partnerships are created with another person in the same way you create a sole proprietorship; you simply need two or more people to start business … Continue reading Partnership

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Sole Proprietorship

Last week, I reviewed the LLC (limited liability company).  Today I’m discussing sole proprietorship, the second in my series reviewing business structures and which one is best for your business. Sole proprietorship the most simple and therefore the most common structure used when starting a business. According to taxfoundation.org, as of 2014, there were approximately 23 million sole proprietorships nationally.  Other business structures like LLCs … Continue reading Sole Proprietorship

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Limited Liability Corporations

Starting a new business is exciting, but can also be very intimidating.  There is such a variety of legal classifications to consider when forming your business entity and it can be confusing to know which one is right for you.  Currently, two of the most popular small business structures are the Limited Liability Company (LLC) and the S Corporation (also called Subchapter S Corporation). There … Continue reading Limited Liability Corporations

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What to look for in a CPA

Great financial professionals are everywhere, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she is right for your needs.  There is no such thing as a “one size fits all” accountant. Recently, I shared an article on Facebook and on Twitter:  11 Signs That It’s Time To Find A New Tax Professional.  It’s a good guideline about red flags you should look for when dealing … Continue reading What to look for in a CPA

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Budgets and Projections

“Where does our money even go?”   I heard this recently from a friend who was having a difficult time sticking to a budget.  He can pay bills and cover expenses, but the thought of saving or planning for a financial emergency is completely out of the question.  This scenario plays out over and over in individual finances, but it also happens to businesses.  There … Continue reading Budgets and Projections

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Independent Contractor or Employee?

For both business owners and those seeking employment, understanding the difference between an “employee” and an “independent contractor” is an important distinction. The IRS states “The general rule is that an individual is an independent contractor if the payer has the right to control or direct only the result of the work and not what will be done and how it will be done.” On the … Continue reading Independent Contractor or Employee?