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Choosing the right business structure for your Florida business

On Behalf of | Dec 23, 2023 | BUSINESS & COMMERCIAL LAW - Business & Commercial Law

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Florida accounted for nearly 12% of all new businesses started in the United States in 2021, with nearly 700,000 companies created. Starting a business in Florida is an exciting venture, but one of the first and most important decisions involves selecting the appropriate business structure. This decision impacts many aspects of the business, including tax obligations, the level of personal liability and the ability to raise capital.

Understanding the different types of business structures available is necessary for making an informed choice that aligns with your business goals and needs.

Sole proprietorship

A sole proprietorship is the simplest form of business structure, where one individual owns and operates the business. This structure is easy to establish and offers complete control to the owner. However, it does not provide personal liability protection, meaning the owner’s personal assets are at risk if the business incurs debt or legal issues.


Partnerships are ideal for businesses with two or more owners. There are two main types: general partnerships and limited partnerships. While general partnerships involve shared management and liability, limited partnerships have both general and limited partners, with limited partners usually having less control and liability.

Limited liability company

An LLC is a popular choice for many business owners. It combines the liability protection of a corporation with the tax benefits and flexibility of a partnership. Owners of an LLC are typically not personally responsible for business debts and liabilities.


Corporations are more complex structures that are independent legal entities separate from their owners. This structure provides the strongest protection from personal liability. However, it requires more extensive record-keeping, operational processes and reporting. There are different types of corporations, including C corporations and S corporations, each with its own tax implications.

Each business structure offers distinct advantages and challenges. It is important to consider your business’s specific needs and the level of control you wish to maintain. How you plan to manage your financial obligations and your future growth plans are also important to keep in mind. Carefully evaluating these factors will help you select the structure that best supports your business objectives and sets you on the path to success.