What is a Company?
A company, or co., is a legal entity created by one or more individuals engaged in business. It has legal rights and obligations and can be initiated by a single person or a group.
Company in Business
In business, a company is a separate entity from its owner(s) with its own rights and responsibilities. It must pay taxes, can hire employees, own assets, and sue or be sued.
Companies come in various forms, each with unique characteristics:
Sole Proprietorship: One person owns and operates.
Partnership: Owned by two or more individuals who share profits and losses.
Limited Liability Company (LLC): Combines benefits of a partnership and corporation, provides limited liability protection and pass-through taxation.
Corporation: Separate legal entity that can issue stock to raise capital.
Cooperative: Owned and operated by its members.
Nonprofit: Organized for charitable, religious, or educational purposes, tax-exempt.
Factors like number of owners, desired liability protection, and tax implications affect the choice of company type. Seek legal or financial advice for the best fit.