Start a side business

Starting a side business

Are you planning on setting up a side business and want to know how to go about it? Starting your own side business while working full time is a great way to minimize your financial risk. Test the waters, but first make sure you are legally registered and that you are even allowed to work on the side. This article contains a step-by-step guide on how to make the process run without a hitch.

Company mission, vision, values

Mission statement vs. vision statement

Even if prices are raised and there are more affordable alternatives on the market, we will often continue to buy products from the same brand. The reason for this is the same as explaining why we always choose to fly with the same airline or get our coffee from the same place: we share the company’s values. These values are formed on the basis of the company vision and mission statement. But what...

Due diligence procedure

Due diligence: definition and history of precautionary risk assessment

By definition, due diligence is pretty much risk assessment undertaken with great care. Anyone who buys a company, or has shares in a company or in real estate, should carry out due diligence procedures to protect themselves from unpleasant legal or financial consequences. Although this examination can sometimes be complex and expensive, failing to do so and paying the price later is usually more...

Company register

Company registration: Is it compulsory?

Company registration might not be required for every US business, but it’s important for public companies to file their documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s database, known as EDGAR. We introduce you to the electronic filing system and what to expect.

General partnership liability

General partnership – Who is liable?

Commercial law provides for various regulations when it comes to liability issues in a general partnership. The company itself may enter into liabilities and have to assume responsibility for them independently. You can find out who is liable and how liability is regulated for the entry and withdrawal of partners or how to dissolve a general partnership in this article.

Crowdfunding sites to fund your projects

The best crowdfunding sites – a comparison

Crowdfunding sites allow artists and start-ups to collect donations for their projects. Instead of relying on large investors, you place your trust in a donations-based financing concept, which operates on small donations by lots of individuals. In return, you reward your backers with updates about your developing project, as well as sending them a small thank you gift in return – although this is...

Capacity to contract

What is there to know about the capacity to contract?

Regulations around individuals’ capacity to contract look at who may act in legal transactions and who may not or only to a limited extent. In this way, persons unable to contract are to be protected from unknowingly damaging themselves or others. Whether a person has the capacity to contract depends on their age or mental health. But what is the capacity to contract, what changes at which age...

Forming a limited partnership

Establishing a limited partnership: liability, costs, and more

A limited partnership is an attractive business model for people looking to start a commercial sector enterprise. It enables shareholders to reap the successes of a business without having to participate in management. Under what circumstances can a limited partnership actually be formed? What should future shareholders bear in mind when setting up a limited partnership?

Business plan creation

Writing a business plan: here’s how to plan your venture

Before a business idea can be implemented, it is necessary to create a business plan. This serves as the founder’s roadmap, and summarizes all necessary information about planning and finances. However, the business plan is also highly relevant for investors as well as potential financial and funding institutions, since it is a decision-making factor for loans and grants. Due to its importance and...

Founding a general partnership

Setting up a general partnership: The path to a partnership-based business

If two or more partners want to start a business together, one of the simplest options is starting a general partnership. This business structure grants equal rights to all participants, but also imposes some serious obligations – namely, since a general partnership is a partnership, this means that the partners have to stand up for the company’s liabilities with all their assets. You should...

Get Started

Starting a business can be challenging. In this category, prospective entrepreneurs will find everything from coming up with a sustainable idea and creating a strong business plan, to funding, legalities, and the key steps required to get a project off the ground.

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