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All About the LLC

February 01, 20244 min read

“The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.” - Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Bakeries

An LLC (Limited Liability Company) is crucial for protecting your personal assets while running a business. By forming an LLC, you create a legal separation between your business and personal finances, shielding your personal assets in case of business debts or lawsuits. Additionally, an LLC offers flexibility in management and taxation, making it an essential structure for small businesses and entrepreneurs looking to safeguard their interests and assets.

All About the LLC

With that said, here's the scoop about LLCs...

What is an LLC?

LLC means limited liability company, a type of corporate entity. An LLC was created to give small business owners the benefits of corporate protection without having to follow all of the intense corporate rules and regulations, including corporate taxation. An LLC allows its members to declare business profits on their personal tax returns without double taxation, so the IRS will only tax gains once instead of twice with a corporation. Owners of an LLC are called members, and an LLC can have one member or multiple members.

How is an LLC formed?

Creating an LLC is very easy from the beginning. You will need to file Articles of Organization with your Secretary of State or State Division of Corporations. The Articles of Organization include your company’s name, its address, the names of its members, the designation of a statutory agent and address, and sometimes the purpose of the LLC. Registration is typically a minimal fee.

Once your Articles of Organization are filed, you will need to wait a few days for the Secretary of State to review your paperwork. If everything is filled out correctly, a registration certificate will issue, and you will receive your certificate and registration number.

What do I need to do once my LLC is registered?

After your LLC is registered, you will need to obtain an Employer Identification Number for your LLC. Your EIN number is a distinct number that will identify your company, like a social security number for your business. You’ll use your EIN number to open business accounts and file your taxes.

Yearly you may also need to file an annual report with your state and pay a renewal fee.

 In addition, you will need to create an Operating Agreement for your company. The Operating Agreement is basically the blueprint for how your business will run, and outlines the rights and responsibilities of the members. 

What are the benefits of owning an LLC?

Having an LLC versus having a sole proprietorship will enable you to protect your personal assets from liabilities of the LLC. You will be keeping all of the business income and liabilities separate. Additionally, it helps you look more professional, and investors, banks, clients, etc. will look more favorably upon you for having your own company. Additionally, you can easily transfer or sell your membership interests in your company by adding or withdrawing members.

What types of businesses can be LLCs?

This is a great question! An LLC is beneficial for a variety of businesses, such as stores (both physical and e-commerce), service providers, food trucks and restaurants, and real estate investors, to name a few. If you’re a small business and not really looking for angel investors or capital funding, an LLC is a good start!

I need help with my LLC.. can you help me?

Absolutely! We offer LLC packages that are completely done for you, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Reach out to us to get started today!


Start your own LLC checklist:

Here is a quick checklist to get you started with your LLC below. Remember imperfect action beats inaction, get started and keep publishing.

  • Decide the name of your company - remember, do a quick search of tradenames, trademarks and other businesses with the same or similar names

  • Decide if you're going into business by yourself or with someone else

  • Hire an attorney to help you with drafting your articles of organization, operating agreement, and obtaining your EIN, and drafting a buy/sell agreement if you have multiple members

  • Create or hire someone to create your logo - remember to get a copyright assignment for this type of creative work

  • Start marketing your new LLC.

  • Congratulate yourself on becoming a business owner!

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Shannon Villalba

Shannon Villalba is an experienced senior level business and intellectual property lawyer who empowers her clients to expand their legal mindset so they can be better entrepreneurs

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All About the LLC

February 01, 20244 min read

“The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.” - Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Bakeries

An LLC (Limited Liability Company) is crucial for protecting your personal assets while running a business. By forming an LLC, you create a legal separation between your business and personal finances, shielding your personal assets in case of business debts or lawsuits. Additionally, an LLC offers flexibility in management and taxation, making it an essential structure for small businesses and entrepreneurs looking to safeguard their interests and assets.

All About the LLC

With that said, here's the scoop about LLCs...

What is an LLC?

LLC means limited liability company, a type of corporate entity. An LLC was created to give small business owners the benefits of corporate protection without having to follow all of the intense corporate rules and regulations, including corporate taxation. An LLC allows its members to declare business profits on their personal tax returns without double taxation, so the IRS will only tax gains once instead of twice with a corporation. Owners of an LLC are called members, and an LLC can have one member or multiple members.

How is an LLC formed?

Creating an LLC is very easy from the beginning. You will need to file Articles of Organization with your Secretary of State or State Division of Corporations. The Articles of Organization include your company’s name, its address, the names of its members, the designation of a statutory agent and address, and sometimes the purpose of the LLC. Registration is typically a minimal fee.

Once your Articles of Organization are filed, you will need to wait a few days for the Secretary of State to review your paperwork. If everything is filled out correctly, a registration certificate will issue, and you will receive your certificate and registration number.

What do I need to do once my LLC is registered?

After your LLC is registered, you will need to obtain an Employer Identification Number for your LLC. Your EIN number is a distinct number that will identify your company, like a social security number for your business. You’ll use your EIN number to open business accounts and file your taxes.

Yearly you may also need to file an annual report with your state and pay a renewal fee.

 In addition, you will need to create an Operating Agreement for your company. The Operating Agreement is basically the blueprint for how your business will run, and outlines the rights and responsibilities of the members. 

What are the benefits of owning an LLC?

Having an LLC versus having a sole proprietorship will enable you to protect your personal assets from liabilities of the LLC. You will be keeping all of the business income and liabilities separate. Additionally, it helps you look more professional, and investors, banks, clients, etc. will look more favorably upon you for having your own company. Additionally, you can easily transfer or sell your membership interests in your company by adding or withdrawing members.

What types of businesses can be LLCs?

This is a great question! An LLC is beneficial for a variety of businesses, such as stores (both physical and e-commerce), service providers, food trucks and restaurants, and real estate investors, to name a few. If you’re a small business and not really looking for angel investors or capital funding, an LLC is a good start!

I need help with my LLC.. can you help me?

Absolutely! We offer LLC packages that are completely done for you, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Reach out to us to get started today!


Start your own LLC checklist:

Here is a quick checklist to get you started with your LLC below. Remember imperfect action beats inaction, get started and keep publishing.

  • Decide the name of your company - remember, do a quick search of tradenames, trademarks and other businesses with the same or similar names

  • Decide if you're going into business by yourself or with someone else

  • Hire an attorney to help you with drafting your articles of organization, operating agreement, and obtaining your EIN, and drafting a buy/sell agreement if you have multiple members

  • Create or hire someone to create your logo - remember to get a copyright assignment for this type of creative work

  • Start marketing your new LLC.

  • Congratulate yourself on becoming a business owner!

LLCsmall businessentrepreneurLLC registrationLLC filing
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Shannon Villalba

Shannon Villalba is an experienced senior level business and intellectual property lawyer who empowers her clients to expand their legal mindset so they can be better entrepreneurs

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