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Questions to consider when starting a business

Those who are considering starting their own business in Michigan may be curious as to how their business should be set up. While it may not be necessary to incorporate, there may be several benefits to doing so. Incorporating a business may make it easier to get a loan while providing protection against liability. Freelancers are generally not required to incorporate, although they may choose to if they so desire.

In some cases, a company may choose which state it wishes to incorporate in. However, it generally should incorporate in the state where it operates in if it only operates in one state. The incorporation process generally includes registering with the Secretary of State's office and paying a fee to the state where the company wishes to incorporate. If the LLC moves to another state, it may be necessary to register as a foreign company in the new state.

Those who are married are generally considered to be in an equal partnership. Even though that is the default status, it is possible for a married couple to do business in any method that they choose. If the venture is considered to be a qualified partnership, it may be possible for each person to file as a sole proprietor. This may make it possible for each party to get credit for payments made into Social Security and Medicare.

Anyone who is looking to start a business may wish to talk to a business planning attorney. An attorney may assist a business owner create legal documents that allow the company to start operations in a state or expand into another. It may also be possible for attorneys to help a company meet their unique obligations.

Source: SBA.gov, "Top 10 Questions About Small Business Incorporation Answered", Caron Beesley, December 30, 2014

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