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How can you limit your personal liability in a start-up?

One of the most exciting parts of starting your own company in Minnesota is the ability to control operations and dictate which direction to take your success. You get to determine your future by assessing and selecting strategies that will propel your organization ahead of its competition. However, with your anticipated opportunities also comes a heightened risk of liability. Mitigating your risk is crucial to build a strong foundation and protect your brand. 

According to Chron, while your business may be subject to the same risks as many other companies, the reason it is so much more risky for you as an entrepreneur, is because any liability will likely fall directly on you. Because everything is so personalized in this way, any missteps could not only destroy your company, but hurt you on a personal level as well. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to protect yourself from personal liability including the following:

  • Invest in a good insurance policy that caters to the unique needs and risks of your company. 
  • Maintain detailed records of all business transactions, especially those that stem from financial agreements with suppliers, distributors and consumers. 
  • Develop and implement a proven quality assurance program.
  • Rely on suppliers or other partners to help accomplish tasks. 
  • Do not rely too heavily on creditors to fund your company's needs. 
  • Perform regular risk analysis assessments to identify areas that need to be watched.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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