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Structuring success: choosing the right business framework.

The cornerstone of a financially secure and efficient business is selecting the right business structure. 

It not only influences your day-to-day operations but has implications on how you report your income, your level of personal liability, and how you can secure funding.  

In this article, we will delve into how different business structures impact your accounting and financial situation. 

Sole trader 

Being a sole trader means you are self-employed and run your business as an individual.  

The business structure is straightforward to set up, entails minimal start-up costs and from an accounting perspective, means that the liability of the business falls upon the owner. 

Being a sole trader comes with unlimited personal liability, meaning your assets are at risk in case of business debts.  

Also, all profits generated by the business count as your own income and therefore are subject to Income Tax. 

Partnership 

In a partnership, two or more individuals run the business, allowing for shared responsibilities, which can lessen the burden. 

As a partner, you have a joint responsibility for the business’ debts.  

It is important to have clear agreements delineating financial roles and liabilities to prevent future disputes between partners.  

Limited company 

Opting for a limited company structure means the business is a separate entity from the individuals running it.  

This shields personal assets from business debts, offering a safety net that other structures lack.  

However, this structure involves a more complex accounting process, including adherence to strict reporting requirements and Corporation Tax payments.  

Having said this, a limited company status can enhance credibility amongst customers and lenders and foster greater business growth. 

Choosing the correct business structure serves as a catalyst for seamless accounting and sustained business growth.  

A well-chosen framework can be the bedrock of a blossoming business and provide a stable basis for profits and future growth. 

Speak to our expert team for advice on business structures and to find out how they could help with other accounting needs. 

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