1. The First Big Steps 7. Plan your business
2. How to Start a Business? 8. Checklist
3. Discover What Works 9. Methods of Trading
4. Follow this Checklist to Get Started 10. The Mighty Dollar
5. Location Location Location 11. 10 Tips for a Balanced Life
6. An Office Environment 12. How to Lower your organization's IT costs with Google Apps

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Methods of Trading

Okay, so now you know you want to start a business, but how?

You must register your business with the Companies Commission of your country either as Sole Trader, Partnership or Limited Company.

Sole Trader
If you're running your business alone, perhaps from home, you do not need to register with any official body. But as a sole trader you are personally responsible for all your debts. So your house and car may be sold to pay off debts. To prevent this, many register their house jointly with their wife/husband, and register cars in the name of other family members. Check with your lawyer for your best options.

If there are two or more of you working together and not more than 20 partners, you can register your business as a partnership. All parties in a partnership are collectively and individually liable for the debts of the business. The partnership ceases immediately upon the death of the partners's so it's wise to take out insurance on each of the partners so there is enough money to continue trading.

Limited Company
By registering your business as a Limited Company, it allows for a more systematic management of your overall business. In the eyes of the law, any losses will be borne by the company and not under your name. So unlike a sole proprietorship or partnership, you won't be personally liable for the company's debts. You'll also find it easier to get loans from banks.

Visit the government's official portal, www.gov.my where you'll find easy to follow instructions on how to register your business.

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