Company structure


I’m a bad public speaker. How can I successfully pitch for capital?

5:02PM | Tuesday, 17 May 2011 |  If you’re naturally shy, it might be worth finding a business partner who can sell your idea to investors.

Should we already know the people who will sit on our board?

1:00AM | Thursday, 5 January 2012 |  If you are just starting out, you should definitely approach the potential board members you already know.

The six business hats of the self-employed

6:45PM | Wednesday, 27 June 2012 |  Being a solo business owner means being all things to all people. However, being aware of which business hat you’re wearing at any given time can help you do your job far more effectively. BY LINNET HUNTER.

Caring about sharing

9:14PM | Wednesday, 28 September 2011 |  If you established your business under a company structure as part of the set-up process there would have been shares issued, so you probably own shares in your company.

What are the key elements of a shareholder agreement?

9:59PM | Monday, 12 September 2011 |  There are two key elements which should be covered in a shareholder agreement – money, and the exit strategy.

Look for the second business inside your start-up

5:36PM | Monday, 30 May 2011 |  The market has suddenly developed a love of the spin-off. So why couldn’t a start-up seek to spin off a division to unlock some extra value?

Too close for comfort

5:20PM | Wednesday, 25 May 2011 |  Some recent tax cases are a reminder of the risks you run if you don’t keep sufficient separation between personal and business.

The secrets of sole trader success

2:41PM | Thursday, 24 February 2011 |  If you’re starting out in business operating as a sole trader – as opposed to operating in a company structure – makes a lot of sense.

Should I re-think my ad-funded model?

2:33PM | Tuesday, 22 February 2011 |  My advice would be to focus on building a sustainably profitable business first, and think about exit options and value second. You should understand whether you can do this on advertising revenue alone.

When should you switch your business structure?

2:18PM | Monday, 21 February 2011 |  For successful businesses, the reality is that simple business structures do not work. They leave you risk exposed, are tax ineffective and are not efficient for succession or sale.