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Small Businesses: Protecting Your Assets

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Navigating the world of business ownership is a tricky journey, especially when there are so many obstacles out there aiming to take you down. The most common causes of damage come from consumer/product liability cases, consumer protection issues, mortgage problems, and employee legal disputes.

Learning how to manage and minimize risks is essential for effective business operations. Proper business protection takes meticulous planning full of elements that small businesses often aren’t aware of. If your assets are vulnerable, you need to ensure the following components are in place.

Business Entity Decisions

Tax disputes are a significant factor in business damages, so steer clear of having sole proprietorship of your business. Instead, the game aims to have control of everything while owning nothing, which can be done by shifting your business assets into limited partnerships, trusts, and LLCs. Doing this will protect your company from numerous tax considerations. 

Separate Business and Personal Assets

Distancing yourself financially from your company is essential and is referred to as the “corporate veil.” Having this in place will help protect your assets if your business is faced with lawsuits. You can do this by:

  • Having separate business and personal bank accounts
  • Keeping corporate logs updated
  • Keeping all meeting minutes
  • Holding property in the company name
  • Putting the company name on all documentation

Insurance for Software Products

Having appropriate insurance in place is an essential means of asset protection, and without it, you can face significant costs in the event of lawsuits.

In 2022, consumers are becoming more aware of their rights, especially in the digital space. For example, if your business provides tech solutions and your actions cause outages for your clients, you will be sued for damages.

Insurance for software products is a no-brainer to protect such a business because it protects you from suits born out of errors. Lawsuits may damage your reputation, but at least your assets will be safe with the correct insurance on your side.

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Act Above Board

When you’re carrying out any business, make sure you’re using the correct procedures; loopholes will be exploited to try and damage your company.

Make sure titles and lease agreements are all in your company name. Put detailed agreements and contracts in place for any project you undertake. Never hire under the table or pay employees off the record. Have a tax advisor, legal specialist, and asset protection specialists on board.

Asset Transfer to Spouse

Have all high-value assets transferred to properties in their name if you’ve got a spouse. In the event of a lawsuit, courts won’t be able to touch assets in a spouse’s name. Make sure you put prenuptial and postnuptial agreements in place; not doing so will negatively impact your business in the unfortunate case of divorce.

Owning a business is risky, especially if you don’t take the necessary steps to protect your assets. So if you aren’t carrying out the above practices, make the necessary steps to put them in place now.

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