How to Become a Sole Proprietor |

April 18, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Sole proprietorship is the simplest form of business entity. It means that you just hang your shingle and go out building your business with little practical effect on what you do. Cash checks, open a bank account, create signage and letterhead etc. Also, as long as you’re the only (“sole” – get it?) owner of the business, you can continue operating as a sole proprietor.

Advantages of Sole Proprietorships:

Quicker Tax Preparation:
As a sole proprietor, filing your taxes is generally easier than a corporation. Simply file an individual income tax return (IRS Form 1040) including your business losses and profits. Your individual and business income are considered the same and self-employed tax implications will apply.

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Lower Start-up Costs:
Limited capital is a reality for many startups and small businesses. The costs of setting up and operating a corporation involves higher set-up fees and special forms. It’s also not uncommon for a lawyer to be involved in forming a corporation.

Ease of Money Handling:
Handling money for the business is easier than other legal business structures. No payroll set-up is required to pay yourself. To make it even easier, set up a separate bank account to keep your business funds separate and avoid co-mingling personal and business activities.

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How to File a DBA |

April 14, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Filing a DBA, or Doing Business As, requires going to a local county court office and completing any necessary paperwork. Discover more about filing a DBA, that sometimes require the publication of a fictitious name statement in a local newspaper, with ideas from a lawyer in this free video.