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I intend to develop for apple computer and various apple products. ipad, iphone, ect. I would rather be referred to as a company name rather then my given legal name. how does this work for anyone who has actually gone through it. do you pay a lawyer to see if there is a company that exists that has the name you want. does it affect taxes (special filing). how much (generally) does it cost and is it something I renew. Once I get it is there special insurance I need.

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I intend to develop for apple computer and various apple products. ipad, iphone, ect. I would rather be referred to as a company name rather then my given legal name. how does this work for anyone who has actually gone through it.

do you pay a lawyer to see if there is a company that exists that has the name you want. does it affect taxes (special filing). how much (generally) does it cost and is it something I renew.

Once I get it is there special insurance I need.


In most countries you can either register a company or trade as an idividual. You should talk to a local accountant about the benefits of the two systems but basically it costs slightly more to run a company (and you need to be aware of your responsibilities as a Director) but provides protection by limiting liabilty. - that just means that if the company gets into debt people can't sue you personally. Trading as an individual is slightly less complex but if you were to run up large debts (unlikely) then your creditors could pursue you personally.

In either case you will need to be registered for/pay tax - again, an accountant will be able to advise you on this.

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