New Business - what structure is best for you?
28th February 2011
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With the New Year, come New Beginnings. One of these for many people is to start a new business, and the structure that is created is important.

There is no particular structure that suits every business or person – each has their pros and cons. The main thing to realise is the importance of seeking advice from an accountant if you are unsure of the long term implications.

The two most common structures are Limited Company and Sole Trader. 


Advantages - Perception of being more professional, Company is separate to directors and shareholders, Company itself is liable for its debts, unless as director - personal guarantees have been given, Flexibility in profit extraction. 

Disadvantages - Increased administration – Companies House and HMRC, Public have access to how the company is doing via accounts filed.



Advantages - Simple, All profits after tax go to you, Reduced administrative burden, If work from home, generally more expenses that can be claimed IF used for business.

Disadvantages - Personally liable for business debts – extreme case, you can lose your home

For further general information, look at the Business Link website.

Note that there can be no substitute for detailed analysis of your individual circumstances, and Moore Accountancy are happy to help you, should you require it.

About the Author

Sudipta (Sid) M

Member since: 21st March 2011

Chartered Accountant and Sole Practioner at Moore Accountancy, based in Altrincham.
Wife of one and mother of three.
Loves running, badminton, reading, going out with the girls and surfing the web! :)

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