7 Helpful Company Registration Tips for Small Businesses

Statistics show that there are over 500 million businesses worldwide. As development in various industries continues, more and more aspiring entrepreneurs start their businesses. But before one can be on top of the game, they have to undergo the company registration process.

If you are planning to establish a business, here are some steps you can take to make the procedure more efficient.

    1. Choose a Suitable Business Structure

Before you proceed with the company registration services, you must first choose the business’s structure. In doing so, make sure that it matches the nature of your enterprise. And remember, the requirements you have to submit to offices, the standards you have to meet, the taxes you pay, your liability, and your earning potential will largely depend on the business structure you have chosen.

Types of Business Structures

      • Sole Proprietorship:

Also known as sole tradership or individual entrepreneurship, a sole proprietorship is a type of business owned and managed by one person. It means that the owner of the company is the one who will pay the income tax and enjoy the revenue earned.

In most countries, you don’t need to register a company established as a sole proprietorship. Still, you have to obtain the necessary permit and licenses for business legitimacy and legality. Taking that into consideration, most sole proprietors find this type of business structure the easiest to establish.

      • Partnership:

In a partnership, two or more parties agree to oversee and run a business. With that, they also share the company’s liabilities and profits. Partnerships can either be general or limited.

A general partnership means that all the parties who agree to run the business will work hand-in-hand to manage the business’s daily operations. They also share equal responsibilities, profits, and losses.

On the other hand, a general partnership includes general and limited partners. While the general partners are involved in business management, limited partners only serve as the company’s investors. Therefore, they typically don’t have the rights when it comes to decision making.

      • Private Limited Liability Company:

Private Limited Liability Company (Pte Ltd) is a business structure that safeguards the owners from debts, liabilities, and other personal responsibilities. The owners are therefore separated from companies and are not obligated to pay the debts of their company. With this arrangement, the assets that the creditors can pursue are only those that belong to the company, not to the members.

      • Public Company:

In law, a public company is an independent legal organization whose operations are separate from its owners. Like Pte Ltds, a corporation protects you from personal liability, but there are more regulations and requirements that you are obligated to comply with when you choose this business structure.

In deciding which business structure you will implement for your organization, make sure that you take into consideration your liability, taxes, control over the business, and the volume of paperwork involved. Choose wisely!

    1. Establish Your Brand

Your company name is the foundation of your brand. Considering its importance in the entirety of your company’s reputation, you have to think of a company name that will best represent your brand’s values. See to it that the name is easy to remember, unique, and will suit the nature of your business at the same time.

Additionally, you may add in your company name the abbreviation that corresponds with your business structure (e.g., Ltd or Limited. For corporations, Pte Ltd or Private Limited for private limited liability company, etc.). It is also important to note that names with regulated words like bank, broker, or legal may take longer to approve during the company registration process.

    1. Find a Strategic Location

If you are about to build a brick-and-mortar store, choose a location that gives your business a great advantage to scale. Make sure that the area has high foot traffic so you can generate more profit. Aside from that, you also have to check if the area is safe and if the price fits your budget.

Whether you are establishing a physical or online store, bear in mind that your business’s location affects the taxes you pay, the requirements you will comply with, and the revenue you will receive.

    1. Compile the Requirements Beforehand

For a more efficient company registration process, it would help to complete your requirements before proceeding with the registration. Typically, you need to submit a company constitution, signed consent to act, and documentation that reflects essential information about your company, including its name, purpose, and address.

If you start your company with ContactOne, we’ll take care of the company registration procedure for you. Just check our website to know the requirements you need to send us, so we can proceed with the registration. With our affordable company registration services, you have one less thing to worry about.

    1. Get an Employer Identification Number

A Unique Entity Number (UEN) is a number assigned to your entity for immediate recognition by the all statutory boards in Singapore including the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS), Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Central Provident Fund Board (CPF). The UEN is thus the the identification number for the company. Obtaining a UEN is a requirement for all regulatory matters including tax reporting. Without this number, you also can’t open a bank account for your business.

    1. Obtain Licenses and Permits

A business can only have a smooth-sailing operation if it has the necessary licenses and permits asked by the state and/or country. However, note that the licenses and permits you need to have for your business vary, depending on your business activities, location, and the state and government rules. With that, the fees you have to pay and the documents you need to submit will also be different.

For this process, you must do your research to ensure that you have everything you need and to keep track of whether or not the licenses and permits need renewal after a specific period.

    1. Open a Business Bank Account

When you have a company, it is vital to have a bank account dedicated to the business alone. Doing so allows you to manage your cash flow. Plus, you need a business account for employee compensation.

In most cases, banks require you to submit proof of identity of you and your partners who own more than a certain % of the business depending on the bank you are opening the account with. Also, you need to present the Company Constitution other the details of your Company.

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We hear you! Setting up a company consumes your time and energy. That is why ContactOne is here to help you with your company registration at a price that you can surely afford. Give us a call now, dial 8666 3633 for company registration and secretarial matters or send an email at [email protected].