Single-Member LLC vs Multi-Member LLC in South Carolina

Written by Wesley Henderson

November 15, 2022

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Starting a business in South Carolina can be a complex and daunting process. But, it doesn’t have to be. We’ll break down the terms you need to know so you can walk confidently through this journey of setting up your business the right way.

The difference in a single-member LLC or multi-member LLC is simple. The single member has one owner and the mult-member has more than one.

A single-member LLC is owned and operated by a single member or business. In contrast, a multi-member LLC is typically owned and managed by a group of individuals or businesses.

Choosing between a single-member or multi-member LLC depends on your business needs and goals. In this article, we’ll discuss the differences between single-member and multi-member LLCs in South Carolina, as well as the pros and cons of each option.

Single vs Multi member LLC Video

Single-Member LLC

A single-member LLC is a business structure that provides limited liability protection to the owner. In most cases, the owner is not personally liable for any debts or obligations of the business.

One of the most significant benefits of setting up a single-member LLC is that it’s easy and affordable and there’s only one owner so you get to make all the decisions. Therefore, your governing documents can be less complex too.

Multi-Member LLC

Multi-member LLCs are company structures that allow for more than one owner or member. To form an MMLD, the company must have at least two members, and all members must be individuals (not other businesses). Each member has an ownership stake in the company and has an equal say in its operations. MMLDs offer several advantages over single-member LLCs:

  • More owners mean more resources and expertise to draw on.
  • A more comprehensive range of opinions can help make better decisions for the business.
  • Multiple owners can share the responsibilities of running the company.
  • Multim member LLCs are often preferable for businesses planning to raise investors’ money or do business with larger companies.

However, multi-member LLCs come with some potential disadvantages as well. For one thing, having more than one owner can make decision making harder and also presents various power struggles. There’s also a good bit more legal investment on the front end to make sure various scenarios are considered regarding the members (such as if one member leaves, dies, becomes disabled, competes, etc).

Things to Consider in Choosing Between a Single-Member and Multi-Member LLC

When deciding whether to set up a single-member LLC or a multi-member LLC, there are several factors to consider. Here are some of the key considerations:

  • The size and complexity of your business: A single-member LLC is typically a good choice for smaller businesses that are less complex and don’t need the extra resources and expertise that a multi-member LLC can offer.
  • The amount of liability protection you need: As we discussed earlier, single-member LLCs provide limited liability protection to the owner. At the same time, members of a multi-member LLC are not personally liable for the company’s debts or obligations. A multi-member LLC may be a better option if you need more protection for yourself and your assets.
  • Your business goals and plans: A single-member LLC is probably the best choice if you’re looking for simplicity and affordability. However, a multi-member LLC may be more advantageous if you plan to raise money from investors or do business with larger companies.
  • The number of owners or members you want in your company: A single-member LLC is owned by one individual, while a multi-member LLC has multiple owners. If you want more than one owner in your company, you’ll need to set up a multi-member LLC.

Member-Managed vs. Manager-Managed

Another decision regarding your LLC setup is whether your LLC will be run by the members (member-managed) or by manager or managers (manager-managed). Learn more about this decision here.

Conclusion

The choice between single-member and multi-member LLCs comes down to your specific business needs. A single-member LLC may be the right option if you’re looking for simplicity and affordability. If you can pull off your business as the sole owner, then we often encourage that route. However, a multi-member LLC may be a better choice if you need more resources and expertise or want added protection for yourself and your assets.

Whichever type of LLC you choose, know that both are valid and legal business entities in South Carolina. With the proper guidance and planning, you can set yourself up for success with either option.

Wesley Henderson

Hi, I'm Wesley! A business attorney turned entrepreneur devoted to simplifying how you protect your business and your assets. Like you, I'm an business owner so I get it and I started Drafted Legal to help you put in place simple and sound legal strategies so you can focus on your business and not worry about getting lost in legal nuances.

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