11 Benefits of Company Registration. (Registering a Business)
1. Establishing Business Bank Accounts
You need to provide proof that your business is properly registered with the state to open a business bank account. A business bank account is an important asset to a small business because you can separate your personal activities from your business activities. It is also more professional to give your clients a business name for payment instead of your own full name.
2. Getting Loans
When you apply for small business loans, you’re going to have to prove that you’re actually a business. Lenders and investors will ask to see your business registration along with other application requirements before approving you for a loan. If you apply for a credit card as a business, creditors may also ask to see your registration paperwork.
3. Reputation With Customers
Customers and clients, especially people you’ve never worked with before, need assurance that you are a legitimate business. A potential client may suspect your business of being a “fly-by-night” operation if your company isn’t properly registered. When a business is on file with the state, it could put your clients at ease when making a decision about whether to spend money with your company.
4. Supplier Arrangements
A registered business also makes you eligible to receive supplier discounts that you wouldn’t normally receive as an unregistered operation. Suppliers commonly reserve wholesale rates for business owners who can show official paperwork from the state. Also, if you plan to try to get government contracts for your company, a business registration is one of the first requirements.
5. Hiring Employees
A business registration allows you to hire full-time employees and pay them in accordance to state laws. When you register your business with the state you’ll receive a state identification number that allows you to route state taxes on the employee’s behalf. So if you plan to hire on employees to your business, it’s best to take care of registering your business with the state before you even start the search for workers.
6. Perpetual Succession
Another important characteristic of a private limited company is perpetual succession. It is a popular saying that the directors may come and go the members may come and go, but the existence of a company remains forever. A company once incorporated remains alive unless and until it is wound up by complying with the provisions of Law. The death, disability or retirement of any of its members does not affect the continuity of the company, irrespective of change in its membership.
There is no obligation for a Private limited company to commence business/trading within any set time period after its incorporation.
7. Project Cost and Risk Factors
For entrepreneurs going for hi-tech or high capital outlay projects it is always advantageous to go in for a company form of organisation. Where the financial stake involved is high, it is found that banks and financial institutions while sanctioning financial assistance, insist on having a private limited company.
8. Easy Transferability
Where it is proposed to sell the business as a going concern, all that is required is to transfer the entire shareholding to the purchaser and thus facilitate easy change in management and ownership. This will save time and money of the Promoters. Huge amount of stamp duty is saved.
9. Dual Relationship
In the company form of organisation it is possible for a company to make a valid effective contract with any of its shareholders/directors. It is also possible for a person to be in control of a company and at the same time be in its employment. Thus, a person can at the same time be a shareholder, director, creditor and employee of the company. For eg: A) As a director he can receive remuneration. B) As a shareholder he can receive dividend. C) As a lessor he can receive lease rent. D) As a creditor he can lend money and earn interest. E) As a supplier he can supply goods from his/his family business.
Sole traders and partnerships pay income tax. Companies pay Corporation tax on their taxable profits. There is a wider range of allowances and tax deductible costs that can be offset against a company’s profits.
11. Raising Money from Public
Public Limited Companies can raise large amount of capital from the general public by issue of shares and public deposits.
Private Limited Companies can raise capital only by private placement of shares and deposits.