Disadvantages of Sole Proprietorships

Limited capital:
In a sole proprietorship business, the owner arranges for the required capital for the business. It is difficult for a single individual to raise a huge amount of capital. The owner’s own funds as well as borrowed funds sometimes become insufficient to meet the requirement of the business’s growth and expansion. Venture capitalists and banks generally do not lend money to sole proprietorships.

Unlimited liability:
In case the sole proprietor fails to pay the expences arising out of business activities, his personal properties may have to be used to pay for those. This generally discourages the sole proprietor from taking risks. He thinks cautiously while deciding to start or expand the business activities.

Lack of continuity:
The existence of a sole proprietorship business is dependent on the life of the proprietor. Illness, death etc. of the owner brings an end to the business. The continuity of business operation is therefore uncertain.

Limited size:
There is a limit beyond which it becomes difficult for a sole proprietor to expand the business activities. It is not possible for a single person to supervise and manage the affairs of the business if it grows beyond a certain limit.

Lack of managerial expertise:
A sole proprietor may not be an expert in every aspect of management. He/she may be an expert in administration, planning, etc., but may be weak in marketing. Again, because of limited financial resources it is also not possible to employ a professional manager. Thus, the business lacks benefits of professional management.

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Table Of Contents

  1. How to incorporate?
  2. Understanding Sole Proprietorships
  3.   - Advantages of Sole Proprietorships
  4.   - Disadvantages of Sole Proprietorships
  5.   - What kind of business is suitable for Sole Proprietorships?
  6.   - How to start a Sole Proprietorship business?
  7. Understanding Partnerships Business
  8.   - Advantages of a Partnership Business
  9.   - Disadvantages of a Partnership Business
  10.   - Different types of partnership firms
  11.   - Business suitable for Partnerships legal structure
  12.   - How to form partnership deeds & start a partnership firm?
  13. Understanding Joint Stock Companies (Private & Public Ltd.)
  14.   - Advantages of Joint Stock Companies
  15.   - Disadvantages of Joint Stock Companies
  16.   - Business suitable for Joint Stock Companies
  17.   - Procedure to start a Joint Stock Company? (Incorporation)