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Step 1: Choose your company name
Check if your company name is available. (Try Google and your state's Secretary of State Office).
Step 2: Determine your entity type: sole prop, s-corp, LLC, non-profit. Hint: Talk to an account and a lawyer.
Step 3A: Set up a sole proprietorship
Register a Business Name ("Doing Business As")
Step 3B: Set up a general partnership
Draft and sign partnership agreement.
Step 3C: Set up a corporation
File your Articles of Incorporation
File Statement of Information with the Secretary of State
Apply and obtain an EIN
Step 4: Set up bank account
Step 5: Get your business licenses. Check with the Finance Office in your City and County. Check with an attorney and accountant who works with small business owners.
Step 6: Find out about other permits (Some industries require additional licenses in order to legally operate. Check your city, county and state laws).
Step 7: Set up a bookkeeping system for your new business.
Step 8: Hire an accountant and/or bookkeeper.
Step 9: Put important dates on your calendar (like tax deadlines, filing due dates, you know the fun stuff!)
Step 10: Determine how will you pay yourself? Will you set up a monthly payroll or just write yourself a check?
Optional - If you're going to set up an S-Corp you need to file an S-Corp Election.
Step 3D: Set up an LLC
File Articles of Organization
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