6 Must-Do Steps When Forming Limited Liability Company
The history of Limited Liability Companies dates back to the 1980s. As the name suggests,this business entity type offers limited liability to its shareholders who are not personally liable for the company’s debts. Compared to other business entities, this form is easier to form and run. LLCs can offer dozens of different services, and some of the best ones are listed here.
This article provides some tips on how to start LLC, the essential documents that each LLC needs to have.
Apparently, when you first start your own business, it needs to have a name. With regards to LLCs, it is essential to check if the name you want to have is still available. Even if another company with your prefered name is located in another city or a state, you have to make some changes to have an original name. So, you should always check with the state the availability of that name.
With that being said, having an original name would not be confusing for people and it will immediately remind them about your LLC, so, you need to be careful with that decision.
Select the Location
After deciding the name, it is equally important to choose the location of the business entity. You can decide based on your personal preferences. For example, in small countries, people tend to open LLCs in cities, or in the capital. While opening and registering LLC is not a serious issue, it can require some extra documents. So, take this into consideration.
In simple terms, a registered agent is the person who agrees to receive some documents on behalf of the business entity itself and pass them to the corresponding person. In reality, you can be your own company’s registered agent, too. On the other hand, it is important to know that having a physical address in the city/state you created your LLC. Also, registered agents can be anyone who is older than 18, even if they are a member of the LLC.
You need to be extremely careful with the choice of your registered agent because you trust many “formal” documents to them. If you consider yourself being the registered agent, you need to know that getting outside the office during the working hours is not permitted. Besides, if any document gets lost, most possible it would be your fault, as you are the one responsible for them.
There are many great services providing registered agents, so you can even find them on the Internet.
This operating agreement is a document that describes how the company will be run. It includes some information such as how you are going to hold your meetings, the business would be controlled, the rights and responsibilities of the members and what more. While many LLCs can even not have this agreement, it is strongly advised to come up with that agreement, as it will help organize your work faster.
The main purpose of Operating Agreements is to ensure the LLC’s protection. In order to come up with the best suitable agreement for your business entity, you may refer to a lawyer, who will give a professional solution to the problem.
Getting a certificate from the state is one of the final steps. This is the time when the state officially recognizes your entity’s existence. Usually, a state certificate includes information about the name, address of the LLC, the main purpose of the company, what it offers, the date of the establishment, and sometimes how many members it has, etc.
You can even get your state certificate by contacting them via the Internet, to their official websites. The respective person will fill it out and send it to your mail.
Get your EIN
Most LLCs do need to have an EIN, which stands for Employer Identification Number. You can think of this as an identification card. If you want to hire soome employees, having an EIN is crucial. Also, when opening a bank account, most banks will ask for that number, so, it is advised to have it, especially when it won’t take much money and effort from yourself.
Summing up, although depending on your country, the key steps might vary, this article provided some of the key steps that each person needs to follow when opening an LLC no matter where they are.
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