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hey i'm destiny welcome back to my youtube channel and if you haven't already go ahead and subscribe to my channel because my channel is about building our businesses having multiple side hustles and also self-care so if those topics interest you make sure you go ahead and subscribe and in today's video is going to be a step-by-step tutorial of how to file for your michigan llc so this is going to be catered to my michigan subscribers and if you don't already know this year michigan has started allowing us to file for our llcs online so i'm going to walk you through the whole online process so if this interests you make sure you go ahead and stay tuned so the first thing i'm going to do is pull up google and just do a michigan llc online search that way it'll get me directly to the website but to make it easier for you all i'm going to go ahead and drop the direct website link in the comments below so i do want to put out a disclaimer that this is how i did my personal llc for my business that's the hair collection so and if you're nervous about this process you can go ahead and hire a professional or you may find some local resources in your city who may also help you do this so as you can see with the results loading we're going to go ahead and select the corporation's online filing system we're going to go ahead and select form 700 for the articles of organization for the domestic limited liability company and article 1 that's where you're gonna put your business name and like i said before i'm using dusty hair collection and you do wanna put the comma llc and then we're going to go on to article 2 and article 2 i normally skip that portion because i'm just doing a basic llc for myself but if you did have some other roles or duties that you wanted to add i would say leave that up to a professional just to make sure you get it right so we're gonna go ahead and go down to article three in article three you can leave blank unless you're doing a limited term llc where you're gonna do something like you're only gonna be in business for maybe one to three months where you want to put that down otherwise you can just leave it blank and then we're gonna go to article four and article four is where you're gonna start entering your business information so one thing about article four it is public records so whatever information you put on here anyone will be able to find that information so i always use my business address and since you're doing this process yourself you don't need to fill out number three where it says registered office mailing address because that's if you actually hire someone to do your llc and they're the registered agent and in that case they'll put their information there and then they'll send all your business documents to that address but since you're doing it yourself you don't have to worry about that and we're going to go down to the next article where you see there's a blank box and then that blank box if it applies to you you'll put article number five and this article is for if you want your llc to be dated for a day in the future which is no more than 90 days after they received this document then you'll put that date in the effective date spot otherwise you'll just leave it blank and then you go down here to the signature portion you go ahead and put yourself as the organizer and then you'll select accept then for the submitter's contact information this is where you'll put your information so that way if something goes wrong they'll be able to contact you and most importantly make sure you have the correct email address because that's the email address they're going to be contacting you at to let you know once everything goes through and also to send you a digital copy and at the bottom it gives you the option to select your delivery method which you can either do email or mail which for me i personally do email because it's a lot easier for me but if you want to choose mail then you can choose that option as well and the next thing we're going to look at the different service fees so like most of us we're going to choose the standard review which is free so that method normally takes around i believe mine took up to three to five days but if you're in a rush you can do fifty dollars they have same day review a hundred dollars a two hour review 500 or one hour review which is one thousand so it's pretty much based on your preferences then before you can go to the next page make sure you verify that your all of your information is correct and now it's time to make the payment so in the state of michigan all you have to do is pay the 50 filing fee and you can pay it by credit or debit card and once you're done making your payment you're pretty much done with the llc process and then you'll wait for the email correspondence and sometimes they might have corrections for you and they might not but other than that it's a pretty simple process and if you have any comments or questions you can drop them in the comments section below and i'm going to try and stay up to date on these comments because i know it could be a little tricky so just be a little patient with me as i try and get back or if i don't get back to you as soon as possible make sure you send me an email thank you so much for watching this video today and if you haven't already go ahead and subscribe to my channel make sure to give this video a thumbs up and if you want to see more videos like this drop that and other suggestions in the comment section if you need more help with your business make sure you visit my website www.iamdestinyadams.com or you can visit my social media channels which is i am destiny adams on instagram facebook snapchat and twitter i do have a business page that is the traveling hair boss so yeah thank you so much for watching this long and make sure you stay tuned for the next video thank you you
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- Hollis Bia, Staff Member
do you want to start an llc in michigan but are unsure where to begin today you will learn about the most common ways to start your business including the correct forms you'll need how to register your llc critical naming requirements and all other essential tips and tricks then as a bonus later on in the video i will reveal to you a trustworthy registered agent who will help set up your llc for free so make sure to stick with me until the end michigan llc's are cost effective and easy to set up the state of michigan like other states has several specific llc requirements there are three main ways you can start an llc in michigan first is the diy or do-it-yourself process where you mostly depend on michigan state's website the second way is hiring a professional service that practically offers more efficiency and security in the process of creating your llc while the third one is hiring an attorney we will skip the attorney hiring portion because that's expensive and most business owners won't need that service first let's take a look at the steps required for starting an llc on your own step one name your business before anything else you will have to think of the llc's legal business name each llc in michigan must have a distinct llc name that is not currently in use you must include the terms limited liability company or an abbreviation such as llc you cannot include phrases such as a corporation which would lead people to believe you are a different business organization knowing if your business name is taken or not is very easy just go to google and type in the words business entity records michigan secretary of state and click the first search result i also have the link in the description below for your convenience it will lead you to a landing page of business entity records in michigan scroll down a little and you will see some search options which make checking the availability of your business name easier generally you can click the first option entity name and type in your business name for example i am typing a very common business name here car wash express which will give you a list of existing business names a unique business name will say no matches found just like this random name i typed in keep in mind that the division of revenue doesn't check names for trademark compliance it's ultimately up to you and your business attorney to ensure that your llc's name doesn't infringe on any other company's rights you register by mail by filing a certificate of assumed name the filing fee is twenty five dollars the registration is good for five years step two michigan requires llc to have a registered agent an agent has a physical address a po box is not allowed and is available during business hours this agent will serve as the llc's primary point of contact for receiving key legal papers tax warnings summons subpoenas and so on you can register yourself or someone in your company but i highly recommend getting a professional registered agent as they have more knowledge by protecting your company in cases of possible cracks while i agree that family members or friends are reliable enough to be trusted as your llc's agent you are more comfortable sleeping at night knowing that your agent is professional and trained to manage legal documents to avoid problems concerning court schedules filing reports with the secretary of state etc besides hiring a professional registered agent is not expensive in fact there are companies who offer a free registered agent as part of your package when you form your llc through them inc file is a company i recommend which has this free service inc file offers a free registered agent on your first year of signing up for their service during that free year you can already take advantage of a professional and trained agent to receive legal documents on your behalf a dashboard where you can always access the correspondence that your agent has received as well as email notifications and automatic forwarding whenever your registered agent receives documents step 3 filing the michigan llc certificate of formation after that you must file the certificate of formation with the michigan secretary of state's business entities division and the office of the judge of probate to officially incorporate a domestic michigan limited liability company the michigan state filing cost for llcs is 50 for both domestic llcs and foreign llcs what's the difference good question basically a domestic llc means that you are already a resident of michigan and you want to build a business in michigan foreign llc on the other hand is for people living outside michigan but wants to start a business or a franchise of their business in michigan with that said most businesses would be applying for a domestic llc you can file the certificate of formation online or by mailing it to the secretary of state expect the llc certification process to take approximately two weeks this is three to four days for the judge of probate and ten days for the secretary of state step four prepare an operating agreement now an operating agreement is a good idea to have in place with the other members if your llc has more than one member although a limited liability company operating agreement is not necessary for michigan your operating agreement should clarify how your company or business will handle big picture issues such as allocating earnings and losses and dissolving the company your operating agreement should also cover the transfer of membership interest profits or losses and distributions initial investments decision making powers voting rights and management and lastly dissolving the business step 5 obtain an ein an ein or employer identification number is a federal tax id issued by the irs your ein is used by them to readily identify your firm and tax filings all michigan firms pay a business privilege tax and the state requires you to have an ein to file you may also be required to provide your ein when opening a bank account or applying for municipal permits or licenses obtaining an ein is a slightly longer process compared to their previous steps i'm sure you know anything to do with the irs is confusing first you have to have complete knowledge of your llc such as your company information managing member information business address business information company details and even critical information regarding vehicular assets and federal excise taxes this is another reason why getting a professional registered agent is way more convenient as they can do this for you as part of their service now let's talk about the second option to form an llc and that is hiring a professional formation service professional formation services do all the steps you should be doing on your own from filing necessary forms to acting as your registered agent you usually have to allocate a specific budget for this option as i already mentioned earlier inkfile is one of the best companies out there to help you form your llc you can click on the link in the description to get access to this deal inc file is one of a kind as it offers a free package with servi
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- Hollis Bia
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