Whether you are an individual with a side business, or a group of partners seeking to start the next Facebook, you need to give careful consideration to the legal business structure you choose for your business.
Here is a list of resources to help you do just that. If you come across other good resources for choosing a business structure, or have any other questions or comments please let us know in the comments section below.
Entrepreneur: The 5 things to consider when choosing a business structure – Part of their full guide on choosing a business structure which can also be found here.
SBA: Choosing a business structure – an overview of each of 6 primary types of business structures to help you decide which is best for you.
On Startups: Choosing between LLC, S-Corp, and C-Corp – An overview of the ins and outs of each.
MyLLC: Deciding which state to form your LLC or Corporation in – Advice on when to form in your home state and when to look elsewhere.
SBA: Registering a Doing Business as (DBA) name – for Sole Proprietorships that want to do business in a name other than their own name and for LLC’s and Corps that want to do business in a name other than the name of the LLC or Corp.
SBA: Business Licenses and Permits Search – Enter your zip code, choose your type of business and get back a list of the licenses and permits that are required for doing business.
BusinessWeek: When do you really need a patent? – and if you do need one how to choose the right time to file.
About.com: An overview of the different ways to protect intellectual property – How to know when you need a patent, trademark, or copyright.
ConstantContact: 6 Things Every Partnership Agreement Needs – Including what happens when a partner dies and how to resolve disputes.