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The Legal Status of a Business When setting up my business there are many possibilities of what the business's legal status could be. One of the possibilities is to become a sole trader. Being a sole trader has many advantages: * The main advantage is that you have complete control of your business. This means that you can run the business just the way you want. * Another advantage is that this type of business is very easy to set up. It requires no long complicated documents to fill in so it is relatively easy to set up. * An advantage that would appeal to most sole proprietors is the fact that the sole trader gets to keep all of the profits that the business makes. This would appeal to most people, as the reason that people go into business is to try and make money. There are many disadvantages that would put people off being a sole proprietor: * The main disadvantage of being a sole proprietor is Unlimited Liability. Unlimited Liability. This means that the owner of the business is personally responsible for all of the debts and losses of the business. If the debts cannot be paid then the owner is declared bankrupt which means that his business will be sold and the money raised will be used to pay the debts. ...read more.


is declared bankrupt which means that his business will be sold and the money raised will be used to pay the debts. If the owner still has not managed to pay off the debts of the business then his personal possessions can be sold off to pay for the debts of the business. The personal possessions may include the house and car of the partners. * Another disadvantage of being in a partnership is the fact that partners could fall out about sharing the profits, the responsibilities of the partners and partners not pulling his/her weight. This is a disadvantage because if the partners fall out, inevitably the business would suffer and this could eventually lead to bankruptcy or the business failing. The Limited Company A public limited company has am more complicated set up than a partnership and a sole trader but it has different benefits. In the types of businesses that I have described the owners are actively involved in the running of the business (except for sleeping partners). In other businesses I have described ownership and work are combined. When setting up a limited company ownership and work are separated. In this type of business the shareholders are the owners of the business. However the business is ran by directors and paid employees. When setting up a limited company there are two options you can choose. ...read more.


Another advantage is that it is easy to raise the capital to set up the business because the founders of the business can invite many people to buy shares in the business. Although buying shares as an investment carries some risk if the business fails people are willing to buy them because their personal possessions are safe and the dividend (their share of the company profits) can be good. Another advantage for setting up a Public Limited company is the fact that the founders of the companies can keep control of the business by buying the majority of the shares. Disadvantages of the Public Limited Company The main disadvantage of running a public limited company is the fact that the business can sometimes become too big to run efficiently. The main disadvantage of setting up a Public Limited Company is the fact that it is more complicated to set up. This is because the founders of the business have to fill in the Articles of Association and the Memorandum of association. Another disadvantage for setting up a Public Limited Company is it is more expensive to set up. This is mainly because the founders of the business will need to employ a solicitor to register the company. Also, the company's affairs will be less private than either the sole proprietor or partnership. This is because in return for having limited liability status, their accounts have to be sent to the companies registration office every year, were other people may see them. ...read more.

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