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  • Picking Your Business Structure

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    General Partnerships

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    Like sole proprietorships, general partnerships are very easy to set up. The partners are co-owners of the business and share all rights and responsibilities equally. The partnership itself doesn’t have to pay any taxes; the profits flow through to the partners and are reported, and paid, via each owner’s individual return.

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    Like sole proprietorships, this structure provides no liability or professional indemnity protection. Each partner’s personal assets are at risk to pay business debts or for adverse legal judgments. Also, raising outside capital can be difficult, as banks and investors are generally more comfortable working with limited partnerships and corporations.

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    deciding factor

    If you are part of group that wants to own and operate a business together, a general partnership is the easiest way to get started.

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    Game Plan

    Although you can legally set up your partnership orally or on the back of a napkin, experts recommend you create a written document. Even when partners are friends, running a business can get stressful. Having written ground rules in advance can help you manage the tough times.