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starting a new business in alabama it's now easier than ever to form your business online visit sos.alabama.gov and select business services for a full list of online options you can form both domestic and foreign businesses a domestic business is one that will be formed and based in alabama if the business ever closes you can return to the site and dissolve the business on the site you can view the fees for the different types of filings and using the step-by-step form you'll be guided through completing the formation including formally reserving your business name you will enter some basic information about your business including contact information address and organizer don't worry about missing a step a checklist shows your progress and won't let you move on until the information is complete the online filing portal also gives users the opportunity to upload documents that will attach to their filing records including a list of names of partners you can add attachments during this step keep in mind that data uploaded will be part of the official record so no personal identifying information should be included the self-serve online business filings portal makes it easy to get your business started in alabama without the added expense of lawyers or consultants give it a try at sos.alabama.gov
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hello hello hello how are you doing and welcome my name is jennifer campbell and i am an entrepreneur and as part of my business i assist other individuals with getting their businesses set up correctly to start building business credit and during that process i assist them with getting their llc and ein number and there is not a lot of information available to actually show you or show people how to form their llc's i know it may sound complicated and you know you may be scared to do it but i want to actually show you how to get your llc's set up in alabama for single members for a single member that means one person that's setting up an llc i'm not going to go into detail on when you need an llc if you need an llc the difference between llc's and other type of corporations i'm simply going to show you what i do when setting up an llc for myself or helping others this is not legal advice this is for educational purposes only now i hope this video is able to assist at least one person and getting their llc setup i'm going to show you you guys how you can get it set up in less than 20 minutes so come on um let me go ahead and let's get started you guys the first thing that you'll want to do you can simply go to google and you can type in secretary of state state of alabama once you do that it should pop up it should be the very first link it should be www.sos.alabama.gov you're going to click on that and you're going to go to the home page once you get to the alabama secretary of state's home page you're going to go over to services or you're going to go to the menu and go to services because you may be doing this on your phone um go down to business entities and go over to online services i'm going to click on online services under business entities once you get here the first thing that i like to do is to search for the business entity name to make sure that it is available okay so you're going to click there and once you get here you see you under the business entity search options simply click entity name and you're just whatever the business name is that you have come up with you're going to type it here in name when you are setting up a single member llc and you are naming it llc has to be a part of your business name we'll get into that in more detail when we start um the application but just remember that llc will have to be included in your business name so let's search i'm going to say my business the business i'm starting is called my my business name i'm going to hit search so you're going to type in your business name there and if it says no matches file that means it is available i want you to see what it looks like when you type it in and somebody else already has it so i'm just going to type in my business name the credit leverage i'm just going to type in the credit lab and if you come down here you can see say that um well the credit laboratory llc it does exist here um so that name that name wouldn't be available so i would have to go back to new search and search again okay but since we already know that our business name is available now we're going to move on to the next step go back to services go down to business entities and go over to online services once you get back there you're gonna go to the name reservation menu you have to reserve your name your name has to be reserved when you're doing your llc and since i'm thinking that if this is your first time on here you have not already reserved a name so we're gonna just start here with name reservations and if you see here the prices come up it says welcome to the secretary of state serve online services application says your documents will be available for download for 15 days because you can print your documents out once you are done for your name reservation it costs that's the cost 25 28 for none subscribers you can see here for the domestic filings it's going to be 100 county fee 100 for the secretary of state and if this is your first time creating your llc in the state of alabama it's going to be a domestic filing for foreign violence let's say me with my business the credit laboratory we are establishing the state of alabama say if i wanted to go to mississippi and start doing business there i would set up a foreign filing in the state of mississippi for my llc to register there because it's already a domestic filing in alabama so but you this is going to be your first one so your domestic filing fees will be 208 so you will be paying 208 and 28 to get your llc you go on over to continue my application here you're going to put your contact name in you're going to put your phone number in whatever your phone number is next number is optional you're going to put your email address in if you are a business you should have a professional um email address and when i say professional you see how my ending domain is my website address instead of gmail yahoo icloud or something like that so you'll be you need a business address best to have a professional email address if you if you're opening up if you have a business you should have a business email address along with your website because you should have a website as well okay go ahead and enter your address it's a good thing to you guys to have a business address if not you will be using your personal um mailing address here and that will be the address that you need to put on all of your documents including your ein numbering your bank statements or or your banking account um you're going to want to use the same mailing address and it's not good to use a po box if you're going to be building business credit so that's all i'm going to say about that but you just want to enter your mailing address here and um your zip code here after you get that information in click continue email address must be enter example i thought i entered an email address example oh i didn't feel it i didn't finish it there sorry i didn't put dot com you guys okay the name that you requested well the name that you know that you're gonna get your new name that's available it's gonna be my business name llc with my business name okay type of reservation remember it's going to be domestic see here what i told you about it for me said entity in the state of alabama this one's here you can see to do business in the state of lm4 a business already formed outside of alabama that's what the foreign filing is we're going to be doing a limited liability company llc because remember we are doing um we are doing a single member llc that's what we're talking about in the state of alabama and if you notice see here that it states like when i tell you the name whatever the limitless building come is going to have to have llc like this it's going to have to be on there you're going to have to enter that unless you fall under one of the exceptions here names containing the words bank banking banker trust insurance ensure engineer architect or any abbreviation of such words cannot be used if you go here to complete a request follow the instructions on that form that will give you more information about that request the words bank or trust in any fo
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