If you are considering setting up a business, it's worth thinking carefully about which structure best suits the way that you intend to do business, as this will affect:
- which authorities you have to notify that your business exists
- the tax and National Insurance that you pay
- the records and accounts that you have to keep
- your financial liability if the business runs into trouble
- the ways your business can raise money
- the way management decisions are made about the business
There are several structures to choose from, depending on your situation. This guide will help you understand the differences between them.
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Structure your business
Name your business
Register your business
Choose your premises
- How to employ staff for the first time
- National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates
- Carry out pre-employment checks
- Ensure your workers are eligible to work in the UK
- Get employers' liability insurance
- Issue a written statement of employment
- Set up your payroll and register for PAYE with HMRC