Many people ask what the difference is between a small business and a corporation, and the answer is actually quite simple. A corporation is defined as a privately owned company, partnership, or sole proprietorship which has fewer employees than an average-sized company or corporation and/or less income and assets than a normal-sized business. Small businesses are typically defined as those businesses with fewer than five employees, who have less than one year of sales history, and who do not meet the criteria set forth in the previous section. These types of businesses can include sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, and sole proprietorship(s). Most business owners are self-employed and not entitled to take out an “intsake” insurance policy.
Entrepreneurship refers to taking control of a business. An entrepreneur starts a business by identifying a need, developing strategies to meet the need, seeking funding, and starting operations. The most successful entrepreneurs have learned to identify problems or opportunities in markets, and then seek ways to improve those areas. They also focus on how they can enhance economic growth. They often seek to solve the problem through creative problem solving or new processes. In doing so, they build value in their businesses and thereby enhance economic growth.
Private small business loans provide the funding, an entrepreneur needs to start-up their business ventures. Lending institutions offer both long-term programs for start-ups. Although there are a small number of start-up programs, most banks offer start-up financing programs that require payments over a period of time until a business is generating revenue.
There are various reasons why there is a lack of start-up financing for small business loans. One reason is that most lending institutions are highly concentrated in the high growth companies. Due to the concentration, it is not possible for all companies to get a high growth rate. Another reason why financing is difficult to obtain for start-ups is that most lending institutions are government-run programs. If a private company is able to acquire government funding, there are few eligibility requirements, and the cost of the program is often minimal.
Private lenders are more likely to be willing to provide start-up companies with the funding they need if they realize that an entrepreneur’s goal is to create jobs, increase profits, and reduce the national deficit. To encourage start-up companies, both the federal government and private sectors to provide tax benefits to entrepreneurs. These tax benefits are called tax expenditures. The tax expenditure acts as incentives to encourage entrepreneurship. It is estimated that there are about two million start-up companies in the United States that receive at least some of these tax benefits.
The number of established small businesses in the United States is dwindling. The number of new firms that fail within the first five years of operation is also on the decline. With fewer new firms establishing and fewer new firms being started, there are fewer jobs available in this country. The number of jobs being lost is concentrated in the business sector. As a result, the unemployment rate in the United States is above the average rate of unemployment of other developed countries.
For any economy, the process of entrepreneurship requires time, focus, and persistence. Entrepreneurship is a slow, step-by-step process that demands patience, effort, and perseverance. Without these elements, it is very unlikely that an aspiring businessman will be able to overcome the typical challenges associated with entrepreneurship, such as finding venture capital, raising venture capital, finding management partners, finding manufacturing or business space, building employee and owner relations, negotiating with suppliers, marketing, and operating a business.
Although it may seem unlikely that venture capitalists and other financial institutions would want to fund new businesses today, if they were to look at the numbers from a different perspective, they would see a significant number of potential new businesses being created every year. Small business owners are currently experiencing a great number of challenges that were not present before. However, with a little creativity and hard work, those entrepreneurs can turn their problems into opportunities. As we continue to face many economic challenges, there is no better time than the present to consider starting a small business.