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A partnership is a business where two or more people share control, finances and responsibility. The advantages and disadvantages of this type of business structure are as follows:


Capital; the partners will fund the business with start-up capital. The more partners there are, the more money can be put in to the business, allowing better flexibility and more potential for growth.

Establishment; partnerships are relatively easy to establish. It is sometimes wise to draft a partnership agreement in order to avoid any future problems.

Responsibility; partners share responsibilities in the running of the business. This enables them to take advantage of their abilities. They may wish to divide labour based on their individual skills.

Decision making; partners share the decision making and can help each other out when need be. With more than one person, brains can be picked when it comes to idea generation and problem solving.


Disagreements; probably the main disadvantage and one that can cause the most problems. Different partners will have different ideas on how they think the business should be run. This can lead to disputes which can harm the business and also the relationships within it.

Liability; partners are liable for the actions of other partners. Partnerships are also subject to unlimited liability; the partners share the financial risks of the business. This point can be off- putting for some people. It can be countered by the formation of a limited liability partnership, which benefits from the limited liability granted to limited companies while still taking advantage of the flexibility of the partnership model.

Tax Compute can offer advice on whether this would be a suitable structure for you.



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