Should I register as DBA or LLC?

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Should I register as DBA or LLC?

I’d like to start a business selling handmade goods such as candles and skincare.

Asked on September 5, 2019 under Business Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

LLC. The reason is, an LLC or "limited liability company," will protect you personally (e.g. your personal savings in the bank, your house, your car, and any income you have from other sources) from most business related debts or liabilities--that is, it (as the name implies) limits your liability. For example, is someone claims they were injured by your product, they could only sue the business, not you; and if you fail to pay a supplier or vendor for materials or supplies, they, too, could only sue the business, not you personally. But being a DBA does not give you that protection.


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