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U.S. Economic System Vocabulary Terms Worksheet

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U.S. Economic System Word Search Puzzle
Click here to print. Students define three types of businesses--proprietorship, partnership, and corporation--and list the pros and cons of each. Answers will vary.

There are three primary types of business structures: proprietorship, partnership, and corporation, each with distinct characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages.

Proprietorship: A sole proprietorship is the simplest and most common form of business organization. It is owned and operated by a single individual who is responsible for all aspects of the business. The proprietor enjoys full control over decision-making and receives all profits generated by the business. However, this structure also means that the owner has unlimited personal liability for any debts or legal actions against the business, which can pose significant financial risks.

Partnership: A partnership involves two or more individuals who share ownership of a business. Partnerships can be general, where all partners share equal responsibility and liability, or limited, where some partners have limited liability and involvement in management. Partnerships allow for shared decision-making, pooled resources, and diversified skills and expertise. However, partners also share the profits and are jointly liable for the business's debts, which can lead to potential conflicts and financial risks.

Corporation: A corporation is a more complex business structure that is legally separate from its owners, known as shareholders. Corporations offer limited liability protection, meaning shareholders are not personally liable for the company's debts or legal issues beyond their investment in the corporation. This structure allows for easier access to capital through the sale of stock and can continue to exist independently of its owners. However, corporations are subject to more regulations, higher administrative costs, and double taxation, where the company's profits and shareholders' dividends are both taxed.

Each business structure offers distinct advantages and challenges, and the choice depends on factors such as the level of control desired, liability concerns, tax implications, and the ability to raise capital.
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