Forms of Business Ownership

There are several different types of business ownership. They fall into, sole traders, partnerships and private limited company categories. As the business expands it may decide to become a public limited company or to offer franchises.

Sole Traders

A sole trader is a business that is owned and controlled by a single person. However, they may also employ workers. Individuals who provide a specialist service, such as carpenters, hairdressers or photographers are often sole traders.

Partnerships

A partnership is a business that is owned by two or more people. Examples of these include doctors, dentists and solicitors. The advantages of a partnership include the shared experience between owners, shared responsibility and increased work ability.

Limited Companies

Limited companies hold a special status within the law. These companies are incorporated which means they have their own legal identity. Because of this they can sue or won assets in their own right.