The ease of setting up sole proprietorships (One man business)

The ease of setting up sole proprietorships (One man business)

October 19, 2018

Sole proprietorships also widely known as one man business are very easy to set up and manage. It can be incredibly easy to set up hence its popularity amongst many business owners. So, apart from the fact that they are very affordable, the registration process is very straightforward.

Unlike limited liability companies, Sole proprietorships generally don’t need a list of directors or shareholders and you don’t need a Memorandum and Articles of Association (MEMART) but you are able to open and operate a corporate account in the name of the business. All that is required are the details of the proprietor, passport photograph and maximum of three (3) objects.

While setting up a sole proprietorship is easy and affordable, it is crucial to note that setting up your business as a sole proprietorship means that as the owner, you are held personally liable for business related obligations. You re personally liable for the debts of the business and your personal assets can be used to satisfy those debts if the need arises. Personal liability for business obligations stems from the fundamental legal attribute of being a sole proprietor. You and your business are legally one and the same person. In other words, it’s you trading under an alias.

The few set backs notwithstanding, sole proprietorships are very easy to set up and maintain and they are the most suitable for small, one owner managed businesses that require a little structure to operate.

Best regards,

Efe Ugboro

CEO, 618 Bees

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