How to Pick the Right Business Structure

Hi Readers! I’m Ajit Bisthoundar, and today we’re focusing on an important step in starting your business: choosing its structure.

It’s a decision that shapes how you operate, how you’re taxed, and how much paperwork you’ll face. Let’s dive in, making this decision easier with simple language and helpful tips.

Understanding the Business Structure options you have:

In India, entrepreneurs can pick from several business structures, each with its benefits and considerations. They range from Sole Proprietorships and Partnerships to Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP), Private Limited Companies, and Public Limited Companies. Understanding these options is your first step.

  1. Sole Proprietorship ( Simple and Solo): For those flying solo, a Sole Proprietorship is straightforward. It means you’re the sole owner, blending business and personal finances. It’s the path of least resistance with minimal paperwork but remember, your assets are on the line for business debts.
  2. Partnership (Team Effort): If you’re teaming up, a Partnership could be your match. It’s still simple but allows for shared ownership and responsibilities. Just like a Sole Proprietorship, there’s a personal liability factor, so tread carefully.
  3. Limited Liability Partnership (LLP): The Middle GroundAn LLP blends partnership flexibility with some protection for your assets, shielding them from business woes. It’s a sweet spot for many, offering the best of both worlds with a bit more formality.
  4. Private Limited Company (The Growth Engine): Favored by startups and growth-focused businesses, this structure supports raising capital, limits your liability, and enhances your brand’s credibility. However, it brings more regulatory requirements and paperwork.
  5. Public Limited Company(The Big League): Aiming for the stock market? A Public Limited Company is your gateway. It’s the most complex structure, inviting public investment in exchange for shares. The regulatory scrutiny is high, but so is the growth potential.

Which company structure to choose for your business?

Starting your own business is like setting up a new shop. It’s important to pick the right kind of shop based on what you plan to sell and how you plan to run it. Let’s make it simple to understand the different types of shops you can set up.

If you’re planning to run your shop all by yourself, like a small tea stall or a personal blog, then going solo with a Sole Proprietorship is like having a one-man show. It’s easy to start and you’re the boss, but remember, if any problem comes up, like money issues, it’s all on you.

But let’s say you and your friend want to start something together, like a small café or a joint online store. This is where a Partnership comes into play. It’s like opening a shop with a buddy. You share everything from profits to problems. Just make sure you both agree on how to run the shop, so there are no fights later.

For those who want a bit of safety for their personal stuff, like their house or savings, an LLP (Limited Liability Partnership) is like a safety net. It means if the business gets into trouble, your things are mostly safe. It’s a bit like having a partnership but with a helmet on.

If you’re dreaming big and think your shop might grow into a big store one day, a Private Limited Company is like setting up a big showroom. It’s great for getting investment and keeps your stuff safe if the business hits a rough patch. But, it also means more rules to follow and more paperwork.

And for those aiming for the stars, wanting to turn their shop into a big mall that everyone can be a part of, a Public Limited Company is the way to go. It’s like opening a huge mall where anyone can buy a small part of it. It’s a big deal with lots of attention and rules, but it can help your business grow really big.

So, think about what kind of shop you want to open, how big you dream of making it, and how much risk you’re okay with. It’s like choosing the right vehicle for your journey. Whether it’s a bicycle, a bike, a car, or a big bus, pick the one that suits your journey the best. And remember, you can always ask for advice from people who’ve been on this road before, like our legal advisors at Lawft. They’re like experienced travelers who can help you choose the best route. You can contact them here.

Next Step – Registering a company with the Government.

Now that you’ve picked the type of shop, it’s time to make it official. This means you need to register your business as per the rules in India. It’s like telling the government, “Hey, I’m starting my shop, and here’s what it’s about.” This step is important because it makes your shop legit and sets you up for doing well in the future.


This FAQ outlines the fundamental characteristics, tax implications, and liability aspects of each business structure, helping entrepreneurs understand which might best suit their venture.

Discusses how different business structures (like sole proprietorships vs. corporations) are taxed differently, affecting overall financial planning and obligations.

Explores options like LLCs and corporations that offer limited liability protection, shielding personal assets from business debts and legal actions.

Examines how structures like corporations may be more advantageous for attracting investors or securing loans compared to sole proprietorships or partnerships.

Addresses the flexibility and potential legal, tax, and operational implications of transitioning from one business structure to another as the business evolves.



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