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3 options for expanding your sole proprietorship

Starting a sole proprietorship is often the first step for many small-business owners. However, as the business grows, it may be necessary to consider other types of business formations.

These options can provide benefits such as limited liability, easier access to capital and potential tax advantages.

1. Partnership

A partnership is a business structure where two or more people share ownership. This can be an excellent option for expanding a sole proprietorship in Virginia. Partnerships allow for the pooling of resources and expertise.

There are two main types of partnerships: general partnerships and limited partnerships. In a general partnership, all partners share equal responsibility and liability. In a limited partnership, there are both general and limited partners. General partners manage the business and have full liability. Limited partners contribute capital and have limited liability.

2. Limited liability company (LLC)

One of the most popular options for expanding a sole proprietorship is forming a limited liability company (LLC). An LLC provides limited liability protection. It protects personal assets from business debts and lawsuits. An LLC also offers flexibility in management and potential tax benefits. For example, profits can pass through to the owner’s personal tax return.

3. Corporation

There are two main types of corporations: C corporations and S corporations. A C corporation is a separate legal entity that offers limited liability protection. It can raise capital through the sale of stock, making it easier to attract investors. However, C corporations face double taxation, where both the corporation’s profits and shareholders’ dividends are taxed.

An S corporation, on the other hand, avoids double taxation by allowing profits to be passed through to shareholders’ personal tax returns.

Evaluating these options carefully can help owners make the best choice for their business.


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