Decide on a business structure | Registrations & licences 

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There are a number of structures that you can choose from when creating your business. The four main types of business structures commonly used by small businesses are:

  • Sole trader: an individual trading on their own
  • Partnership: an association of people or entities running a business together, but not as a company
  • Trust: an entity that holds property or income for the benefit of others
  • Company: a legal entity separate from its shareholders.

When deciding upon a structure for your business, choose the one that best suits your business needs and remember that there are advantages and disadvantages for each. Choosing your business structure is an important decision that can determine the licenses you will need to operate, so you need to investigate each option carefully.

Obtaining legal or other professional advice can help you understand your own particular circumstances.

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