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Getting a Shelf Company Set Up Isn't Complicated

Sep 6, 2008
The process of setting up a shelf company is quite simple. One of the biggest hang ups that people seem to have though is determining if it is legal. A shelf company is one that has been doing just that - sitting on a shelf and collecting dust. It has been waiting for a business owner to come along and give it life.

There are quite a few benefits to setting up a shelf company. The most common one is that they often can encourage lenders to give you funding for your new business. You can use that date that the shelf company was started as the date of the business. These days it is harder and harder to get new business credit due to the poor economy. So business owners need all the help they can possibly get.

In order to get your hands on a shelf company you don't need to do very much. The key is that you find a good one to invest your money in. Unfortunately you will find there are quite a few scams out here surrounding shelf companies and you want to avoid them. Do your homework and make sure that you are actually getting what you pay for. You also want to make sure there aren't any negative ties with credit associated with any shelf company you are looking at acquiring.

When you are ready to move forward you want to compare prices. In many regards the older a shelf company is the more you will pay for it. Shop around though to get a very reasonable deal. Save the money you can to invest in other aspects of your business. Once you pay for the shelf company the shares of it will be transferred into your name.

There also needs to be a process for the directors of the company to resign. This is a legal technicality that you want to make sure gets taken care of. Generally though it is just a paper process. The paperwork will be drawn up and each party signing them accordingly. Most of this is done by mail so you won't even end up meeting any of these directors of the shelf company.

The process is very direct and you will find that the amount of paperwork involved in acquiring a shelf company has dramatically decreased. Most of it can be done on the computer which saves everyone involved both time and money. If you want to work with a shelf company broker they will assist you every step of the way from start to finish. Of course they do charge fees for doing so but if you are new to the game you will likely find such assistance to be very helpful.

Getting your hands on a shelf company may be just what you need to get your new business off the ground. It can help you with establishing some history both with creditors and the general public. This is a very simple and effective way to promote your business so it can start making money.
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Robert Bain - veteran business owner shares his thoughts on building coporate credit, even if you have bad personal credit. Visit CorporateCreditPower.com to read more.
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