Maybe you’re launching a brand-new business and are psyched to get started. Or perhaps what started out as a hobby for you is now evolving into your full-time income and you’re ready to take the leap.
In either case, you may be looking at registering your business as an LLC (limited liability company).
There’s one big thing to keep in mind when you’re looking to register as an LLC: Lots of paperwork!
Any time you register an LLC, you’ll need to file paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office to have your company recognized by law. The Secretary of State’s office is responsible for creating and maintaining filings all organizations doing business in each state, including LLCs. So to do business here in Missouri, LLCs must file with theMissouri Secretary of State.
While registering an LLC isn’t an overwhelming process, you will be facing quite a bit of paperwork and proper legal terminology, so get ready!
Let’s get going:
1. The first thing you’ll need is your own business name.
An LLC in Missouri must contain the words “Limited Liability Company,” “Limited Company,” “LLC” or “LC” in its name. Additionally, your name must be different from the names of other businesses that are already filed with the Secretary of State. (Check for availability at the MO Secretary of State’s business name database). Note that while you’re filing paperwork to form your LLC, you can reserve your business’s name using the Application for Reservation of Name.
2. Next comes the filing.
Now you’ll need to file Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State’s office. This paperwork will include information about your business like its name, address, purpose and more. All forms can be found on the Secretary of State’s website and can be filed online or by mail.
In theory, the process of registering as an LLC is simple. Just fill out some paperwork and you’re good. But! In practice, the many forms, legal jargon, and very particular order you must proceed in can create a big headache for business owners who just want to get their show on the road.
Fortunately, there are people who do this sort of thing all the time. People like us!
We help businesses with LLC setups frequently and know the process in and out. We can make sure your paperwork is filed correctly and with all i’s dotted and t’s crossed. We can guide you through using the correct wording, sort out all details you need to keep track of, and keep you organized from beginning to end.
If you need help setting up an LLC in the state of Missouri, give us a call to set up a free consultation session! We’ll sit down with you to figure out the best fit for your business and get you on the right track.