Do you think sole traders should be allowed?

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dominicl

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Well, I've been advised it's up to you (as members) to decide whether VPSBoard should allow sole traders to post in the offers section (rather than just legal entities - LTDs, PLCs etc)...

I personally think that they should be allowed. It's still legally registered as you are registered for tax (or self assessment in the UK).

jhadley is a sole trader and runs a great hosting business, for example.

Please vote in the poll above!

Regards,

Dominic
 
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drmike

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Sole traders is probably a term not known to many outside of Europe.

They are incorporated correct?  Just operating as a sole proprietor/operator of a business?  Am I correct here?

I see no reason why incorporation is even needed.  It's wise to have corporate protection from legal claims, but not necessary by law in a number of countries.
 

dominicl

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Why shouldn't they be?
They are not currently allowed. I'm not sure the exact reasoning.

Sole traders is probably a term not known to many outside of Europe.

They are incorporated correct?  Just operating as a sole proprietor/operator of a business?  Am I correct here?

I see no reason why incorporation is even needed.  It's wise to have corporate protection from legal claims, but not necessary by law in a number of countries.
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Ash

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Yes, they should!

So does that mean we cant post offers? I believe Hostigation operates in this same sense as well (I could be wrong) so does that mean they cant post offers either?
 

dominicl

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Yes, they should!


So does that mean we cant post offers? I believe Hostigation operates in this same sense as well (I could be wrong) so does that mean they cant post offers either?
As it stands currently, I've been told that sole traders cannot post offers.
 

George_Fusioned

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Verified Provider
I don't see a reason why not. At least they're doing business legally, while there are TONS of hosting companies out there that operate on the side.
 

MannDude

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Can the administrators confirm this here? I'd like to hear the reason behind this. Anybody can register a business, it means nothing.
 

It's more or less to protect visitors of the site from being exposed to potential fly-by-night and summer hosts who aren't operating legally.

I told Dominic to post this thread so we could get the community input, as it's really up to all of you.
 

BradND

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Verified Provider
There are too many variables for this IMHO, anyone in the UK for example can register a corporation in 5 minutes where as some USA states actually want proof and it's  a long process.

Something like respected providers or providers that have more of a reputation. Domain age verification could also play something in selection / approval.
 

drmike

100% Tier-1 Gogent
Incorporation is a bad litmus test.

There are plenty of fraudsters hiding behind corporations that can be done on the cheap and in no time online in the States.
 

Ash

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It's more or less to protect visitors of the site from being exposed to potential fly-by-night and summer hosts who aren't operating legally.

I told Dominic to post this thread so we could get the community input, as it's really up to all of you.
I mean I'd like to think we are respected and have passed the test of longevity, but with the current rules we cant post offers where as company's like shovehost can because they are registered. I don't really think that's fair.


Hopefully the results of this poll/thread will force you to reconsider :)
 

fatboy

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It's more or less to protect visitors of the site from being exposed to potential fly-by-night and summer hosts who aren't operating legally.
A sole trader will operate legally though wouldn't they? In the UK, when I started as a sole trader many years ago and ran hosting (shared / reseller - probably before most of you were born as well :)) I registered with the tax office, I did self assessments, I paid NI, I had a bank account with the Mr xxxxx trading as on everything.

I think the fly-by-nights won't even go that far.

The only difficulty I see is actually checking if someone is a properly registered sole trader and not someone in the bedroom over summer.

Saying that, as others have said, even if you are a LTD or whatever, still doesn't make the people running the show more trustworthy does it. I have seen a lot of people registered with a Ltd company etc who still run to the hills with the cash etc.

In fact, I think I am right in saying this (floating round in my alcohol infused brain), being a Ltd company gives you more protection after scamming and running - if a customer chases you down, the authorities can only take money / assets associated with the company to pay fees, creditors etc whereas if a sole trader gets chased to ground the authorities can take everything, their home, personal money etc
 

concerto49

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Verified Provider
Should be treated on a case by case basis. As others have said, the type of legal entity doesn't mean much. What means more is their track record. Seen enough drama on LET/LEB.
 

Ash

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In fact, I think I am right in saying this (floating round in my alcohol infused brain), being a Ltd company gives you more protection after scamming and running - if a customer chases you down, the authorities can only take money / assets associated with the company to pay fees, creditors etc whereas if a sole trader gets chased to ground the authorities can take everything, their home, personal money etc
This is correct :)
 

Tipsta

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Verified Provider
Its not terribly hard to register a Business? and it adds some confidence to your clients,

If you can't afford to register a business, whats says your going to be in business in a few months?
 
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