If you look out of your apartment window, you may be surprised to see that a retail store, which was there till yesterday is closed today.
Statistics say there are 10% odds this can happen to any business.

Yet, any odds whatsoever are not dampening the desire of entrepreneurs to launch a business.
Starting a business is not so difficult. You will be registered, get an address and business cards.
But truly, you are not in business until you sell something and make a profit.
You will succeed only if you are enterprising, plan carefully, and have adequate cash flow.
But before you launch a business it is important that you must choose a business structure.
There are several business structures, like sole partnership, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), and others.

The business structure you choose will impact everything, from the daily routine operations to taxes and even your personal assets.

Here is how various business structures differ:
• With sole partnership the ownership is with one person only, the personal liability is unlimited, and with tax liability related to one person only.
• In a partnership, the ownership can be two or more persons, the personal liability is unlimited unless structured as a limited partnership, and taxes limited to self employment tax and personal tax.
• In an LLC, the ownership can be one or more persons, owners are not personally liable, and taxes are limited to self employment tax and personal tax.
• A corporation can be one or more persons, owners are personally not liable and the corporate earnings are taxed.

Choosing a location
As an entrepreneur you must pick a location that best suits your profession and business.
The location you choose will influence the taxes and the stipulations and laws your business will be subject to, and the zoning laws.

If you intend to start a business in MD, then you must register your business, obtain licenses and permits, and pay taxes as per the laws of the state.
Keep in mind that there are region specific business expenses as well as start up expenses.

Most likely your business will fall into one of the following categories:
• Bricks and mortar business
• Online business
• Service provider

Whichever type your business is there are cost which are common. These can include:

• Licensing and permits
• Office space
• Equipment, supplies, and stationeries
• Communications and utilities
• Staff salaries
• Advertising and marketing expenses
• Website expenses

Your location determines various expenses too. If your plans are to start a business in MD, then your expenses will be influenced by the state’s minimum wage laws, property values, rental rates, and cost of utilities.
Some states offer special tax incentives for small businesses. Find out what special tax credits are available to you in MD.

Typically incentives are offered if your business highlights energy efficiency, job creation and adoption of new technology.

Once you are done with everything, it is time to open shop and focus on managing and growing your business.

Author's Bio: 

Law Office of Rowena N. Nelson is among the top lawyer firms in Maryland. This law firm provides a wide range of legal services including in bankruptcy law, criminal law, and family law.