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Small Business Startup Course

Posted by attorney Timothy Geiger

First, I want to thank you for reading my legal guides.

In the weeks ahead, I will be posting guides about each of the lessons in my small business startup course. If you follow my legal guides, you'll receive general step-by-step information on how to form, build, and grow a business. Also, I want to invite you to subscribe to my Blog so you will have access to all the information there and on my firm website at, and you will know when we post updates to the Blog and my legal guides.

Briefly, the the first lesson will involve choosing the correct entity form (Corp., LLC, Partnership, etc.) for your business in 6-steps. Those 6 steps are:

Step 1: Ask yourself: Do I want to be the next Facebook?

Step 2: Consider whether you even need a corporate or partnership entity: Will a sole proprietorship work for your business?

Step 3: Decide if you want to/should run the business yourself or form a partnership (not the same as the legal entity) with another person?

Step 4: Do you really need to incorporate? Consider the the benefits of forming a Limited Liability Company (LLC).

Step 5: Is a Corporation better suited for your particular business?

Step 6: Pick the Legal Form/Entity that is Best Suited for your Business and Works for You!

Those are the 6 steps, along with consulting with a knowledgeable, qualified small business attorney, to choosing the correct entity/form for your small business. In my next guide - coming in the next few days - I will provide more guidance on each of the 6 steps.

But, for now, I want to ask you:

Are there any legal roadblocks that are bothering you right now with your business?

Do you have any legal hurdles that are getting in the way of your business or in your personal life?

If so, I invite you to follow the links to my website on my profile and call me at my office, and let me know. Even if it's some small problem, I'd love to hear it.

Talk soon.

Disclaimer: Remember, any information we provide here is general in nature and not legal advice, nor is it intended to be legal advice. It is general information that is incomplete and may not specifically apply to your particular circumstances, so you should not act upon it until discussing your situation with an Arizona attorney (or an attorney in your state/jurisdiction). Every case is unique. Most legal principles have important exceptions that may apply in your case. You should actually talk to a qualified, experienced Arizona (or from your state/jurisdiction) lawyer regarding your situation before taking any action or declining to take action. As mentioned above in the post, I invite you to contact my office (, but please note that merely contacting my office in any way, submitting a comment on this blog, my general response above, and any further communication whether electronically, by letter, or by telephone, does not create an attorney/client relationship. You will know when my office represents you because you will receive a signed representation agreement. Please do not send or communicate any confidential information until you receive a signed representation agreement with an attorney; only then will there be an attorney/client relationship and privilege and confidentiality apply to communications. Thank you.

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