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Starting an LLC (Limited Liability Company) is easy. Get your LLC started here, without spending hundreds of dollars on unnecessary legal fees.

  1. Select Your State
  2. Name Your LLC
  3. Choose a Registered Agent
  4. File Your LLC with the State
  5. Create an LLC Operating Agreement
  6. Get an EIN

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For most new business owners, the best option is to form your LLC in the state where you live and where you plan to conduct your business. If your business will have a physical presence (storefronts, offices, sales reps, etc.) in different states, then you will need to register a foreign LLC in every state where you will do business.

There are sometimes benefits to forming your LLC in a state that has business-friendly laws, such as Delaware or Nevada. However, this is rarely worth the extra fees and paperwork of having to register your LLC in multiple states.

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A registered agent is a person or business that sends and receives legal papers on your behalf.

These documents include official correspondence like legal summons and document filings, which your registered agent will receive and forward to you.

Most states require every LLC to nominate a registered agent. Your registered agent must be a resident of the state you're doing business in, or a corporation authorized to conduct business in that state. To learn more about choosing a registered agent, check out our article What is a Registered Agent?

Watch our What is a Registered Agent video.

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An LLC operating agreement is a legal document that outlines the ownership structure and member roles of your new LLC.

Although most states do not officially require you to have an Operating Agreement in order to form an LLC, it's still a good idea to have one. There are six main sections of an operating agreement:

  • 球笼Organization: 球笼Outlines when and where the company was created, who the members are, and how ownership is structured.
  • 球笼Management and Voting: 球笼Addresses how the company is managed, as well as how the members vote.
  • 球笼Capital Contributions: 球笼Covers which members financially support the LLC, and forms a structure on how more funds will be raised in the future.
  • 球笼Distributions: 球笼Outlines how the company's profits and losses are shared among members.
  • 球笼Membership Changes: 球笼Describes the process for adding or removing members, as well as if and when members can transfer their ownership shares.
  • 球笼Dissolution: 球笼Explains the circumstances in which the LLC may be dissolved.

For more information read our article, What is an LLC Operating Agreement?

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Using dedicated business banking and credit accounts is essential to protect your business' corporate veil. When your personal and business accounts are mixed, your personal assets (your home, car, and other valuables) are at risk in the event your LLC is sued.

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Depending on the nature and location of your business, you may be required to register for several forms of state tax:

  • If you are selling a physical product, you'll typically need to register for sales & use tax.
  • If you have employees, you will likely need to register for unemployment insurance tax and employee withholding tax.
Read our LLC Tax Guide to learn how taxes will impact your business.

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Even before you officially open for business, there are a lot of expenses to keep track of. An accounting system enables you to keep a close eye on your business finances, including bills, expenses, and income. It also simplifies your annual tax filing.

If you need help, a certified public accountant can work with you to set up an accounting system for your business.

Read our article on business accounting to learn more.

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When you are registering an LLC, you need to determine if your business needs any licenses or permits in order to remain compliant. On the federal level, there are a handful of business activities that require licenses and/or permits:

  • Agriculture
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Aviation
  • Firearms/ammunition
  • Explosives
  • Fish and wildlife
  • Maritime transportation
  • Mining and drilling
  • Nuclear energy
  • Radio/TV broadcasting
  • Transportation and logistics

On the state and local levels, business license requirements vary depending on your state of formation, as well as on county and city laws.

To get a head start on business licensing for your LLC, read our guide.

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球笼*Recommended: 球笼If you need help, you can always hire a professional business license service. They'll handle the research and application process for you, providing convenience as well as the peace of mind that you have everything you need.

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In the vast majority of states, all businesses and corporations with employees are required to obtain workers compensation insurance. This insurance covers work-related injuries and diseases, regardless of who is at fault. For an in-depth look at workers compensation insurance, read our article.

球笼General liability insurance is not typically a legal requirement, but it is very strongly recommended. This policy protects your business assets from lawsuits-without it, a legal claim could force your company out of business entirely. A general liability insurance policy covers injuries, property damage, personal liabilities, advertising liabilities, and legal defense and judgment.

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When you decide to hire employees for your LLC, you must follow these legal requirements:

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