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Business Forms

  1. 1. The Different Types of Business Ownership
  2. 2. Sole ProprietorA business owned and operated by one person.The owner is responsible for all operations of the business and assumes all the risk.
  3. 3. Advantages of a sole proprietorship Owner makes all decisions Owner is her or her own boss Owner keeps all the profits All financial informatio can be kept secret This type of business is easy to start or close
  4. 4. Disadvantages of a sole proprietorship Owner has responsibility for all debts Costs and time commitment can be high Funding can be difficult to obtain Owner is responsible for all aspects of the business Owner doesn’t have fringe benefits
  5. 5. Partnershipa form of business organization in which two or more people own and operate the business together
  6. 6. Advantages of a partnership Partners co-own the business They share responsibilities They may have greater financial resources than sole proprietors They share business losses They share time commitment
  7. 7. Disadvantages of a Partnership Partners have unlimited personal liability for all the other partners They may have conflicts Profits are shared Partnerships are more difficult to close down than sole proprietorships Agents of the business dillemma
  8. 8. CorporationA legal entity that exists independently of its ownersOwners are called shareholdersThree types: – Private – Public – crown
  9. 9. Advantages of a corporation The owners are shareholders. They have limited liability for the debts of the corporation and share the profits Usually shareholders do not operate the company – they hire employees to do so Corporations can usually raise funds more easily than sole proprietors or partners
  10. 10. Advantages of a corporation Corporations usually have a lower tax rate than private owners A corporation can contninue to exist after the death of its owners
  11. 11. Disadvantages of a corporation Corporations have more complicated structures than sole proprietorships or partnerships Employees who are not owners may not be committed to the business
  12. 12. Disadvantages of a corporation Corporations must publish annual reports, which could give away important secrets to competitors The value of company shares can change depending on changes in the stock market
  13. 13. Co-operative Businesses owned and operated by a group of people with a strong common interest Start-up costs are shared among the members of the co-operative Members own and control the business and make all business decisions
  14. 14. Advantages of a co-operative Members own and control the business Members share the start-up costs and the running of the business They share the financial risk Members may pay less for goods and services and get more for those they sell
  15. 15. Disadvantages of a co-operative Because each member only has one vote, members may not want to invest money for expansion Because of the number of members, making decisions can be difficult Members can have conflicts
  16. 16. FranchiseA business in which a franchisor sells to another person, called the franchisee, the rights to use the buness name and to sell a product or service in a given territory
  17. 17. Advantages of a franchise Franchisees buy a business with a good reputation Franchisors supply training and financial knowledge Franchisors usually provide packaging, advertising, and equipment to the franchisee
  18. 18. Disadvantages of a Franchise Franchises can be expensive to buy Franchisees may have to follow a lot of rules laid down by the franchisors If a franchisor’s business fails, so will the franchisee’s business