The constant whirlwind of excitement and activity surrounding the launch of your startup can leave you feeling overwhelmed. You can get so focused on the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities of getting your operation up and running that you neglect some of your company's most vital legal components. Because you're so busy and likely not generating much revenue during the startup phase, it may be tempting to try to handle everything on your own and not seek out the support of a business lawyer.
Building a business from scratch can involve years of working long hours for little to no financial reward. In fact, whether your company can generate a profit or not, starting your own business can consume your life like few other activities. However, buying an existing business isn't without its own challenges. It'll also require hard work and sacrifice, and no matter how successful the company was under its former owner, there's no guarantee you will experience the same prosperity.
The entity you choose for your business affects everything contracted by your company. Your business entity will determine the amount of taxes you pay, what kind of records you keep, and how vulnerable your assets are to lawsuits. Among the different business entities, all companies should be one of the following legal structures: a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or limited liability company (LLC).
When starting a business, you have to make a ton of decisions. Deciding what to name your company and hiring employees, what kind of products or services you should sell, and how to fund your operation, getting your business off the ground comes with a nearly endless number of decisions. Of all these decisions, perhaps none is more important or has a more significant impact on your success (or failure) than your choice of business entity structure.
Going into business with your spouse or romantic partner can be an amazing opportunity—but it can just as easily be an absolute nightmare if not handled properly. Regardless of how amazing your love life may be, there's no guarantee you'll be equally compatible in a working relationship. It can potentially wreck both your business and marriage if things don't work out. Make sure to clarify the potential problems, risks, and benefits before jumping into business together.