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Incorporating Your Business For Dummies Paperback – March 19, 2001

ISBN-13: 078-5555055070 ISBN-10: 0764553410 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 19, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764553410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764553417
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A user-friendly guide to incorporation for today's growing legions of entrepreneurs

To incorporate or not to incorporate? With small businesses booming across the nation, millions of self-employed people are asking that question. At last, here is all the information readers need to make informed decisions. This book explains:

- the advantages and disadvantages of incorporating
- state and federal laws about corporations
- the ins and outs of filing a corporate tax return
- 10 commonly made mistakes by small corporations
- the best ways to create tax-free medical benefits and pension and retirement plans
- a guide to business life after incorporation

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"An invaluable tool to help you make the proper decision on how to incorporate."
Larry Kesslin, Let's Talk Business Network, New York City

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"One of the most comprehensive resource tools of its kind, this step-by-step manual provides… state-of-the-art guidance on the ‘best practices’ to use in forming and maintaining a corporation."
Mark Schultz, Research Institute for Small & Emerging Business, Inc.

"Incorporating Your Business For Dummies provides an invaluable resource with clear and informative directions for anyone who has caught the entrepreneurial bug."
Melissa Wahl, National Association for Female Executives

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Let the experts show you how fast and easy it is to incorporate your business For more than 100 years, The Company Corporation has been helping businesses like yours get incorporated. Now they've distilled all their expertise into a friendly, easy-to-understand guide that walks you through the entire process. If you want to protect your personal assets, save on taxes, and enjoy the other benefits of incorporation, this book can help you make it happen — starting today!

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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
It is so blatantly obvious that the first two reviews were written by the same person--DUH!
No doubt this individual would rather have you buy books on
Incorporating by no-name self publishers who offer only generic advice.
I previewed this book at Barnes & Noble and spoke with some other business people there who highly recommend this book. Now that I have read it and am using it, I recommend it also.
In Incorporating for dummies you will learn
-the advantages and disadvantages of incorporating
-state and federal laws about corporations
-the ins and outs of filing a corporate tax return
-the 10 commonly made mistakes by small corporations
-the best ways to create tax free medical benefits and
retirement plans
_a guide to business life after corporations
Incorporating your business for dummies is an excellent book for anyone in business. I also recommend Inc. Yourself by Judith H. McQuown and How To Launch a Business and Incorporate in any state by J.W.Dicks.
Conversely, I bought some of the "self-published" books on the internet and on sale here and was terribly dissappointed. Never buy sight unseen.
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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Jack Tedesco on November 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you are just starting out, you will find a wealth of information in Incorporating Your Business For Dummies. Read this and learn.
Two other books that are MUST READS are How To Incorporate: A Handbook for Entrepreneurs and Professionals by Michael R. Diamond and How To Start A "S" Corporation by Robert Cooke. You will also want to read a How To Incorporate (for your particular state), a series by J.W. Dicks. I purchased How To Incorporate and Start a Business in Minnesota and was very pleased.
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2003
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I bought this book along with Rich Dad's Advisors; Own Your Own Corporation by Garrett Sutton.
Incorporating Your Business for Dummies is a good book for the average reader. This book shows how to protect personal assets, save on taxes, set up your board of directors, conduct meetings and more.
I especially enjoyed the part on how to create tax free medical benefits, pension and retirement plans. Very informative.
For even more information, I recommend "Own Your Own Corporation" by Garrett Sutton and "How To Start a S Corporation" by Robert Cooke.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 2003
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Incorporating your business for Dummies is okay if you are brand new and know nothing about incoporating or business. It does offer some good, but very basic advice.
Two better books are Inc. Yourself: How To Profit By Setting Up Your Own Corporation by Judith McQuown and Form Your Own Corporation and Launch a Business in Any State by J.W. Dicks. Another good read is Inc. and Grow Rich by C.W. Allen et all.
With Incorporating your business for dummies, you would be better off borrowing it FREE from your local library. It's really very basic stuff here.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2004
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Inc for Dummies is not just for dummies, it is a good book on How To Incorporate, but you will need more.
Some additional books icnlude How To Incorporate: A Handbook for Entrpreneurs and Professionals by Michael R. Diamond. How To Incorporate in Any State: Everything You Need to Form a Corporation by W. Dean Brown. S- Corporations by Robert Cooke.
Form Your Own Corporation and Launch a Business in Any State and The Small Business Kit by J.W. Dicks.
Use the dummies book as a starter guide. Use the other books for the real meaty information. Be careful what you buy, the marketplace is proliferated with books by self proclaimed experts who read a lot but have no real world experience.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By William Snyder on February 22, 2004
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If you are contemplating starting a business and therefore a corporation, this book is a great first start. As with all of the dummy series books, the authors feel that people reading these books are brand new and know nothing. So this gives even the most naive a good start on how to incorporate.
So much of the information is basic and since the book was written awhile ago, some of the material may be dated. Nonetheless, good first start for business people.
Other good books include How To Start a S-Corporation by Robert Cooke and Brilliant Deductions by Wade Cook. The latter shows a way to drop out of the social security system and offers a good section on Nevada Corporations.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert T. Nicholson on February 26, 2004
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In order to maintain the legal status of your corporation, you need to pass very specific resolutions and keep very specific records. I had hoped for a "cookbook" for the legal steps required to set up and operate my corporation, but this is not it.

The info on corporate structures is very basic and general - you could easily find this level of detail on the web. That's my primary complaint with this book... it mentions what you must do, but doesn't give you the specifics of how.

Instead of this book, I recommend you:

(1) Get the *basics* from your lawyer or accountant (or even doing some research on the web)

(2) buy The Corporate Minutes Book by Anothony Mancuso instead of this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tommy B. Roberts on March 17, 2006
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The book gave a good review of the different types of Incorporation. The type that might be best for any business desired with different requirements and tax advantages of each type. Whether one has partners makes a difference in type needed or whether one wants to sell stock in their company or not.

For a primer it is good but one needs a more in depth knowledge or a tax expert to really get more out of the type of incorporation wanted.
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