What business structure suits your business?

An important decision to make before you start a business is what structure your business will run under.

This will reflect into all facets of your business, so you should spend time understanding the implications of each structure.

Sole Proprietorship

  • You have complete control of your business
  • Your business assets and liabilities are not separate from your personal assets and liabilities
  • Personally liable for debts and obligations of the business
  • Low-cost structure


  • Share control and management of business
  • Each partner pays tax on the share of net partnership income each receives
  • Minimal reporting requirements + Inexpensive to set up
  • Requires more documentation


  • Separate legal entity from its owners – all profit, tax, and legal liability is directly to the corporation
  • Members not liable for company’s debt (only liable if you breach legal obligations)
  • Complex business structure plus Extensive documentation and record-keeping
  • Wider access to capital


  • Expensive set-up and operation
  • Formal trust deed outlining operation required
  • Trustee responsible for yearly administrative tasks

Reasons to change business structure

Changing your business structure might be the appropriate next step following COVID-19 and the impact it has had. Click to read more.

Need assistance with the setup of your business structure?
Contact Holmans today;

Holmans Noosa: (07) 5430 7600 or email info@holmans.com.au
Holmans Maroochydore: (07) 5451 6888 or email infohm@holmans.com.au