Selling a website developed under my corp, but with a partner


I started an S Corporation for my own business (software contracting and various SaaS products). A friend approached me with a viable idea so we built another application together. They are not an employee nor shareholder of my corporation at this point, but we've been building the new application with my S Corporation as receiving the profits it generates.

What would be the best way to split the profits 50/50, especially if this new application takes off and gets bought?

I would rather not sell them shares of my S corp since the S corp has other profitable projects unrelated to my friend's efforts, so I could see either:

  1. Start a new corporation with the partner and split the equity evenly, or
  2. Treat the partner as an employee or contractor and pay them (w-2 or 1099, respectively)

Since #2 involves much less paperwork, I'm leaning toward that, but am I missing anything?

Equity Selling

asked Mar 17 '10 at 00:32
118 points

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Go with #1 (starting a new company) if there's any chance that this thing will make a profit or get sold. Go through the work now because it'll be a lot easier than when there's more money and emotions involved.

answered Mar 17 '10 at 00:41
Ben Edwards
601 points
  • +1 to start new company. – Tim J 8 years ago
  • Would it be advantageous (or disadvantageous) to have the new corp be partly owned by my original S corp instead of me-as-a-person? Off the top of my head, for example, I could see it being disadvantageous if my original S corp were to be bought/invested before anything happens with this partnered venture. – Crispy 8 years ago
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