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Why the Limited Liability Company Might Be the Best Choice for You

I won’t go into much detail on business structure as I could for the moment, because if I did, we’d be here for hours. Business law is laden with so much nuance and intricacy that it would take a fine-tooth comb to get through all the hairs and pull out all the dandruff one by one. It’s a painstaking process, one you could at least minimize the heartache and turmoil by hiring an attorney to consult you on whether or not a partnership, or a corporation — or especially in this case, an LLC — would be the best fit for you and your company.

Wait a Second — What’s an LLC?llc business formation jack bauer

limited liability company? That hopefully didn’t fly way past your head (because at one point, it did for me) like an unlucky bullet over Jack Bauer’s skull. A lot of business owners and entrepreneurs go for a limited liability company for obvious reasons, but this is probably the most important one (and most likely the only reason you need to know): there’s flexibility in this structure of the LLC.

Like a corporation, though, you file certain articles of organization and structure as well as a certificate of formation with a limited liability company. However, the flexibility comes around when you can incorporate more of a balance between ‘owner’ and ’employee’. You’re basically all members of the company, for lack of a better term, and all members have the option to decide how they want to be taxed within the entity — either as a ‘partnership’ or ‘corporation’. There’s where you get the flexibility and additional benefits with a limited liability company.

In a way, you’re looking at a hybrid of a corporation and partnership: that’s what a limited liability company really is. And it just might be a good fit for you.

So Should You File for One?

It’s a possibility, for sure. It all depends on what your goals are. There are trade-offs involved. If you’re a small business, but have a decent size workforce, chances are an LLC might be the way to go. You won’t pay as many taxes — but you get a lot of the corporate benefits from the government you otherwise wouldn’t get from a business partnership or sole proprietorship.

It’s all up to you on the path you want to take. As always, though, consultation’s your best weapon in the effort to formulate a business, hence why you could easily contact an organization like Cloud Based Bookkeeping and get it all squared away. That way, you can do away with that fine-tooth comb!

 

How to Think Like Jack Bauer in a Boardroom

WHERE’S THE NUCLEAR BOMB!!?? — You, Jack Bauer, say, as you point your magnum at the forehead of a foreign terrorist dedicated to bringing Hell upon America. Don’t forget to ‘whisper’ — and look about as serious as can be. Because you’ll never smile. Why would you? Every year, you have a good 24 hours of sheer unadulterated pain and suffering where you never get to use the bathroom, eat a meal, and you’re constantly on your feet with that gun in hand, chasing X amount of terrorists. Heck, you’re like a credit watchdog, keeping track of every negative on your report. You’re like the terminator. Only without the “Ah-nuld.”

Who Would’ve Thought That Jack Bauer Could Make a Good Negotiator — in the Board Room?Jack Bauer negotation persuasion

It’s true when you think about it. If that Jack Bauer could get a cold-hearted terrorist to proverbially spill his guts with just a gun to the head, you’ve got to imagine that there are some subtle tactics involved there that could apply to everything from a job interview to a merger & acquisition of a company. Even lead generation and account management can apply here!

The fact is special forces, counterterrorism, and techniques utilized by the FBI make for great methodology of persuasion. Just ask your mom, quite possibly the best FBI agent in history.

Now, I’ll say this much: Jack Bauer doesn’t smile very well. Truthfully, he doesn’t have to. But when it comes to persuasion, smiling can be your ideal weapon (better than any gun). Furthermore, it would seem that Jack Bauer hardly requires any kind of help to get the job done (in 24 hours), although he had the help of everyone from Chloe O’Brian to Tony Almeida to President David Palmer. So it’s safe to say that you can ‘act’ like you need some ‘help’ in order to get people to go to bat for you on a particular project. That’s true Negotiation 101 right there.

Subliminal messages, too: they can do a number on a person as you land an investor by simply saying they’re going to say “yes,” so to speak. There’s more to it than that, though, but I guess you can just find out for yourself. Don’t worry: I won’t threaten you with a gun, or a nuclear bomb. I certainly won’t pass a Jedi mind trick on you.

Whatever the Case, Learn From Jack Bauer

That CTU agent’s only the start of it. Negotiation tactics vary, depending on the situation. Who knows — you could be newlyweds taking the necessary steps toward first-time homeowner-ship. You adapt.

Develop your corporate ‘radar’ if necessary. For starters, though, you can learn a lot from Jack Bauer. More importantly, however, I’d say know the difference between the red and blue wire. That way, you can ensure the boardroom stays intact.