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  Post #1 (permalink)   01-25-2013, 09:31 PM
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Do you have your web hosting company registered as a business. If so, what kind? Is it a partnership, LLC (limited liability company), incorporated, or simply a DBA? Did you wait to register until your business was becoming successful, or did you register immediately?

My company, I registered right away as an LLC. It allowed us to have a business checking account, and I've been thankful more than once that I've had a registered EIN for my business.
 
 


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  Post #2 (permalink)   01-26-2013, 03:14 AM
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Being in the UK, their is no real need to register a business as such. Although we have a business bank account, pay taxes to HMRC and are registered with the ICO under the Data Protection Act. I also have the business name registered as a Limited Company
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  Post #3 (permalink)   02-06-2013, 10:50 PM
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I think it depends on which country you're targeting specifically.

Its better that you'r business is registered, it gives more of an assurance to clients that incase there's a problem they know where to find your office/business.
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  Post #4 (permalink)   02-06-2013, 10:54 PM
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I think it depends on which country you're targeting specifically.

Its better that you'r business is registered, it gives more of an assurance to clients that incase there's a problem they know where to find your office/business.
Truly Agreed with this...
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I registered my business straight away. Apart from wanting to make sure I was covered incase anything goes badly wrong (hopefully unlikely * touches the wooden desk *), I also believe the end user will have a lot more trust and faith in a company that's properly registered.
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How come to do any kind of business without being incorporated and without representing a legitimate entity? What one would put on invoices, if there's no legal entity behind... someone's granny's name

The legal form of the entity depends of business purpose. LLC work if the partners want the profit to be transferred at their own accounts as individuals. Otherwise C and S corporations work better.
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  Post #8 (permalink)   04-03-2013, 09:15 AM
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Yes, you should definitely register your company as a legal business entity. Although I legally conducted business and filed taxes as a sole proprietorship for years without any issues.

I registered the company as an LLC because this option was best suited for me, as a small business owner. What you choose will depend on many things, including: how you want to file taxes, how many members/owners your company has, your country's laws and/or the laws of the country your company is registered in (if different than where you live), and many other things..

As always, it is best to contact an attorney for legal advise.
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Not yet but at some point maybe, I jumped at doing it to soon with some businesses I started, it was not worth doing it.

So always consider what you are doing before registering the Company!
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I think it depends on which country you're targeting specifically.

Its better that you'r business is registered, it gives more of an assurance to clients that incase there's a problem they know where to find your office/business.
Indeed. It also shows dedication to your craft I believe. Its an investment and you own it. In the US it allows for a lot of perks as well so why not?
 
 
 


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In the UK, you need to register your business with HMRC for tax purposes, but no other formal registration is needed. You can happily run a business as a sole trader. you can if you want register your business as a limited company, but then you are faced with the added expense of directors NI stamp etc. and Corporation Tax., but then as a director you only get a share in the ltd company normally a fee of 1 per share, so if the business gets into trouble and ends up owing say 50,000, as a director you are only liable for the 1, but a sole trader would be liable for the full 50,000
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In the UK, you need to register your business with HMRC for tax purposes, but no other formal registration is needed. You can happily run a business as a sole trader. you can if you want register your business as a limited company, but then you are faced with the added expense of directors NI stamp etc. and Corporation Tax., but then as a director you only get a share in the ltd company normally a fee of 1 per share, so if the business gets into trouble and ends up owing say 50,000, as a director you are only liable for the 1, but a sole trader would be liable for the full 50,000
I believe at a certain annual revenue (72000?) you then need to register though.

Though there are really some great benefits & disadvantages of registering as a limited company (main benefit is liability as in the above post).

Though it does add some extra hassle (accounts etc...).
 
 
 


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I believe at a certain annual revenue (72000?) you then need to register though.
That not registering as a business, thats too register for VAT (Value Added Tax) and any business can register for VAT at anytime even if you dont make that threshold.
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We see registration as a huge advantage. But previous consulting with an accountant and a lawyer is indispensable.
 
 
 


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I registered my company as LLC immediately, only took 2 months to have it all finalized.
I would def recommend doing so if your planning on being in business, being a LLC protects yur personal assets and opens more doors with suppliers etc.
I had RocketLawyer do my LLC stuff and including the Seal they only charged me around $250 ($150 was filing fee for my state)
When I ran last electronic shop retail store think local lawyer charged me around $1500 to do same thing but it is much more affordable now with the legal sites now that can do the paperwork for you.
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