iPhone Development as individual or business?


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I'm fixing to register as an iPhone developer and making the decision of registering as an individual or business. I will be the sole developer with maybe contracting someone to do some graphic design. The only reason I can see registering as a business would be for branding. Your thoughts?

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asked Nov 19 '09 at 03:24
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Joey Green
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In most cases, you'll want to register as a business. This allows you to start building a central brand (under which you can register multiple applications).

It's also possible that some of your apps have a website associated with them too. This should be the business brand.

In short, it's never too early to start building your brand.

answered Nov 19 '09 at 03:41
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Dharmesh Shah
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  • +1 - I like your last sentence. :) – James Black 9 years ago

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I can see some downsides to registering as a developer but not for registering as a business. If the apps take off and you want to sell the business some day, you don't want to have to rebrand. On the other hand, if something goes terribly wrong, you don't want it linked too closely to your personal brand (which is difficult to change). Even if your goal is to impress prospective employers with your skills, it's easy enough to show that you and the business are one and the same. Bottom line: registering as a business gives you a lot more flexibility.

answered Nov 19 '09 at 04:21
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Brian Deterling
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You'll want a business, ideally a LLC or C corp. Branding, marketing, asset protection from when you step onto some registered trademark by accident and the corporation comes in blazing with a law suit and wants to take your house away and personal assets due to damages, and you have no asset protection since your a individual..

Always go with the corporation.

answered Nov 19 '09 at 05:36
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Centurion Games
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Register as a business, and in addition, setup an LLC or other business form to sell the apps under. This way you can deduct some expenses. Did you have to buy a Mac, an iPhone, the developer program fee, etc.?

answered Nov 19 '09 at 06:13
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Scorch
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  • You don't need an LLC or corporation in order to write off business expenses. Sole proprietor is sufficient for that and doesn't even require a license in some states. Deductability probably isn't affected by how one registers with Apple either. – Coder Dennis 9 years ago

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