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The obvious way to 特色糕点spend the least amount of money is to form your LLC on your own特色糕点. This is a task that used to only fall into the hands of attorneys. They would charge hundreds or thousands of dollars to simply complete a standard form and file it with the state.

This isn’t to say attorneys don’t have their place in the business formation process. But, you shouldn’t have to take the bar exam to fill out some paperwork if you’re forming a standard LLC — especially something as simple as a single-member LLC.

Forming your own LLC is easy. 特色糕点TRUiC offers a step-by-step process特色糕点 to help you to form an LLC in any state. We also offer free business forms to ensure you stay compliant with state regulations.

Keep in mind that your state will charge a fee to file your LLC formation document, so it won’t be “free” to form your LLC. But, you won’t have to pay anything beyond these state filing fees.

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The main disadvantage of forming your LLC on your own is 特色糕点privacy特色糕点. If you want to keep costs at zero, then 特色糕点you’ll need to act as your own registered agent特色糕点. 

An LLC registered agent is an individual or entity that acts as your LLC’s main point of contact with the state in which you conduct business. Most states require LLCs to designate a registered agent.

Learn more about registered agents in our What Is a Registered Agent? guide.

Acting as your own registered agent is a viable option to some, and it’ll allow you to avoid the cost of hiring a registered agent service (usually around $120 per year).

The biggest downside to being your own registered agent is that 特色糕点your personal information will be publicly available online特色糕点 in your state’s business database. While this isn’t a major concern for some business owners, others either want or need to mask their personal identity for a multitude of reasons.

特色糕点Formation companies generally offer free registered agent services for the first year特色糕点 if you use them to form your LLC. If you want to form your LLC on your own, but still want to hire a registered agent, you can choose from our review of the best registered agent services.

Another big disadvantage of handling LLC formation yourself is 特色糕点confidence特色糕点. This may not be an issue for you if you’ve dealt with state forms and submissions before. If not, you may want to enlist professional help if you’re unsure you completed a document correctly or thoroughly researched your state’s requirements.

TRUiC’s free guides and forms make the formation process simple for anyone to follow. But, if you have any doubts or just want a second set of eyes on your filing, then we recommend you use an LLC formation service.

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Business formation companies generate most of their revenue from upsells. But, that doesn’t mean they’re all a bad value. Some of these additional services can improve the functionality of your business, remove additional barriers of entry, or speed the formation process to put you in business faster.

While this isn’t an exhaustive list, here are some of the most common upsells that almost always provide a great deal:

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If you choose a lower-level formation package, it could take two weeks or longer for your provider to file your LLC formation document with the state. Higher-level packages and à la carte expediting options will put your business at the front of the line and can reduce formation times by up to 90 percent. 

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New businesses often must do more than just form an LLC to operate legally. Having a team of folks research the different licenses you need on a local and state level will allow you to stay focused on getting your business up and running.

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Offers to register your domain name, set up a website, provide web hosting, or administer your business email are generally a poor value. While you should absolutely register your domain name at the same time — or before — you form your LLC, 特色糕点using a web service tied to your formation company can create future headaches for your business特色糕点.

The main reason you want to separate your website from your LLC formation company is 特色糕点control特色糕点. The web services they offer aren’t inherently bad, but attaching those services to your formation company removes future control from your business. If at some point you want to change your registered agent, will your website be a subject of debate? If you want to change your website provider, do you have the autonomy to do so? Keeping these services separate is the main reason you should seek web services elsewhere.

The second reason to use a separate web service provider is 特色糕点customer service特色糕点. If you depend on your LLC company for website support, then you have a mismatch of priorities. By choosing a company that specializes in web services (we recommend GoDaddy) to set up your website, register your domain, and/or provide hosting, you’ll have a full team of people who understand the web and can help you achieve what you want with your website.

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After registering a domain name, consider setting up a professional email account (@yourcompany.com). Google's G Suite offers a business email service that comes with other useful tools, including word processing, spreadsheets, and more. Try it for free

Check the availability of your new business’ LLC name or domain name with TRUiC’s LLC Name Generator.

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Just like an EIN, most LLCs and corporations must have an Operating Agreement. You don’t need to file this document with the state so there’s no added value in paying your LLC formation company to provide this service.

TRUiC offers an Operating Agreement template or a totally customized document with our Operating Agreement Tool. Both options are completely free.

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You can typically find standard business supplies like check registers, record books, seals, and notary stamps for less money on the open market. Paying hundreds of dollars for a leather-bound record book is fine, but you could spend that money more strategically elsewhere.

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