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how to form an LLC in Georgia if you are interested in starting an LLC in the Peach State you are not alone Georgia has one of the highest rates of newly formed LLC's in the country every state has slightly different requirements performing an LLC follow along closely to learn the required steps for creating your own limited liability company in the state of Georgia there are two ways to form an LLC in Georgia you can form one yourself or you can hire a service to do it for you let's start by looking at the five basic requirements to form an LLC in Georgia on your own you can also find these steps in more detail on our website linked in the description below 1 name your LLC every state has its own rules about what kind of names are allowed for LLC's in general you will need to observe these naming guidelines your name must include the phrase limited liability company or one of its abbreviations LLC or LLC with a period following H letter restricted words such as Bank Attorney law office etc may require additional paperwork and may also need a licensed professional to be part of the LLC your name can not include words that could confuse your LLC with the government agency such as FBI Treasury State Department etc you cannot use a name that has already been registered to see if your name is available in your state you will need to do a name search this free service is available on your state's Secretary of State website check out our free guide for finding the direct link to your state we also recommend that you check to see if your business name is available as a web domain even if you don't plan to make a business website today you may want to by the URL in order to prevent others from requiring it to choose a registered agent Georgia requires that you nominate a registered agent for your LLC who is your business's point of contact with the state the registered agent can be an individual within the company including yourself or you can hire a professional service authorized to do business in Georgia they will send and receive legal papers on your behalf these documents include official correspondence like legal summons and document filings which your registered agent will receive and forward to you your registered agent will help remind you to file the necessary report failure to properly maintain your LLC can result in fines and dissolution so this assistance is valuable 3 file the articles of organization to register your georgia LLC you will need to file the articles of organization with the georgia corporation's division this can be done online or by mail and will cost $100 you will need to state whether your LLC will be member managed tour manager managed member managed means all members of the LLC manage the company this is good for small organizations where everyone is involved in day-to-day operations the second option is manager managed where individuals are appointed to manage the LLC this is appropriate for larger organizations where not everyone is involved in the day-to-day affairs of the business 4 create an operating agreement although not every state requires it you should always create an operating agreement to establish ownership terms and member roles for your LLC this foundational document is the core of your LLC and will help you maintain your organization as well as further establish your LLC is a separate legal entity there are six main sections of an operating agreement organization outlines when and where the company was created who the members are and how the ownership is structured management and voting addresses how the company is managed as well as how the members vote capital contributions covers which members financially support the LLC and how more funds will be raised in the future distributions outlines how the company's profits and losses are shared among members membership changes describes the process for adding or removing members as well as if and when members can transfer their ownership shares and dissolution which explains the circumstances in which the LLC may be dissolved an operating agreement is an internal document it does not need to be filed with the state however it should be updated every time there is a change in membership or management at the company you can download a free sample operating agreement or create a custom one using our free operating agreement tool at how to start an LLC comm 5 obtain an ein lastly you'll need to get an employer identification number or ein from the IRS also known as a federal tax identification number your EIN is like a social security number for your LLC and is that IRS tracks your business for tax purposes an EIN is also necessary to open a business banking account and legally hire employees eons are free of charge and can be obtained from the IRS online or through the mail and with that you will have formed a Georgia LLC on your own option to hire a professional service the second way to create a Georgia LLC is to hire a professional service to create your LLC for you hiring a professional service to file your forms and act as your registered agent for the LLC will cost you an additional 50 to 150 dollars however there are several benefits to working with a pro a hired registered agent helps with getting your reports filed on time helps you stay organized by keeping your business mail separate and is available at all regular business hours to accept official mail and legal papers on your LLC's behalf a final and important additional benefit of using a service is privacy a professional service will provide a level of privacy by withholding your personal name and home address from the LLC's contact information there are many reasons you might not want your personal information easily accessible and associated with your business hiring a professional LLC for mation service is an easy way to accomplish this now that you have seen the different requirements and ways you can form an LLC in Georgia visit our site and take some time to research your options and establish a solid foundation for your business activities click on the links in the description below to research the top 5 professional formation services or get more information on how to form a Georgia LLC on your own now you know all the steps to form an LLC in your state for a more detailed guide go to how to start an LLC com you can also create an operating agreement and use our business plan tool free of charge give the video a like if you found it useful and subscribe if you'd like to see more and if you have questions or encounter any roadblocks leave a comment below good luck and starting your small business you
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and i am back with another video showing you all how to file your llc specifically for those living in the state of georgia now if you're not in the state of georgia i'm sure that this can work for your specific state so i would just do a quick google research and type in how to file an llc and then insert your city or your state and go to their government website usually you'll know that it's their government website because it'll have dot gov at the end of the url but essentially it's just that easy in terms of figuring out whether or not you can file through this date in the last video that i did i did mention how to file your llc through legalzoom and i got a lot of comments about why not just file it through the state you can save a lot of money which is true yes but this is the same thing as asking oh why don't i just file my taxes myself rather than going to turbo tax turbo tax is a convenience and they offer their services in return for payment so that's very similar to what legalzoom does i'm going to show you how to go the route of doing it yourself i just typed into google how to file an llc in georgia you're going to see first things first is legalzoom and again they offer a service for a fee it makes it a lot more convenient to file your llc however if you wanted to save a few hundred bucks here you'll come down and you'll see the government issued website so let's go here i just clicked the link directly from google and it took me to a limited liability company is and it gives you that definition how do i register an llc with georgia tech secretary of state it'll list those steps out for you you'll need a name and a good way to find out whether or not a name is available in the state of georgia is to use legalzoom it's very easy to do you just go to legalzoom.com what you'll do is you will go to business llc and what do you want to call your llc i in my last video i called mine empathic studios and i will check the availability in the state of georgia and it'll tell me it's available that's what we want to see so that's the best way to check whether or not your llc is available next you want the name and address of the person filing for the llc typically this will be yourself if you have a business office i would highly recommend using that address if you have a business address for or sorry an email address for your business that's important doesn't have to be set up right away you can use your personal email not that big of a deal mailing address of the principal office again if you have a physical office that's great or you can use a virtual office and again that's just going to google typing in virtual office and then enter your city so i'm going to go with atlanta and you can see a bunch of different virtual offices i never click on the ads here even though that's what they're paying for i like to go to the first couple ones i also like to look at the reviews to make sure you know what you're getting yourself into but let's just say i wanted to go with regis i have had an office at regis before in tampa it was great highly recommend it and um you can kind of check out their prices i do recommend calling first to see what your options are but they offer virtual offices and what a virtual office is is basically it allows you to use their address for your business and you can receive all of your mail and everything to that office next thing is to have a name and address of the registered agent i get a lot of questions about registered agencies this is the person that's going to be the point of contact for the irs this is the person that's going to be listed online for everyone to see as the point of contact for the business or the registered agent for the business this could be yourself or it could be a tax agent or it can be any again you go to google you type in registered agent and insert your city name and address of each organizer so this is for every member of your llc you will need need a name and address this doesn't necessarily have to be your home address this can be the same virtual address or business office that you have and each member under the llc can use that office as their address any optional provisions you need to add to your articles of organization now in my last video on how to file your llc for legalzoom i talked about legalzoom offering you articles of organization as one of their services it's really important to have that if you have multiple members in your llc because it tells you it tells the law it tells the state how you guys are going to run your business and how you're going to dissolve the business should someone want to leave or how you are going to offer shares of the business should it go public or should someone else decide to enter or leave the business and then finally a form of payment again the greatest advantage of doing filing your llc this way is the fact that it is a lot cheaper than going the route of legalzoom for example you save about 100 bucks depending on what state you're in in florida i was able to file for an llc a single member llc for about 200 bucks so let's say that was the same as it was in georgia then i would be saving about a hundred dollars going this route so the next step is to create and file registration so we're doing it online you can do it in mail or in person you want to visit the state's online services page and then next you want to create an account and then select create or register a business okay so now that we've clicked this link this is what the page looks like and we're then going to go to online services click ok not sure what that says we're going to click on create a user account and i'm going to go ahead and enter my information and get right back with you all okay awesome so i've created my account and now i'm inside of here and there is a lot going on here but we're gonna ignore everything but this button right here that says create or register a business we're gonna click on that and i'm gonna say i'm creating a new domestic business and you just want to follow through the prompts we're doing a dime a domestic limited liability company i made another video on the difference between a corporation a partnership and a llc so be sure to check that video out if you're unsure of which one to pick here but for the purpose of this video i'm going to go ahead and click limited liability company do you have a business name reservation number no this is basically just saying that you've already filed for a name and they gave you a number for that name and then you can insert one or two options if you're unsure of whether or not your company's name is going to be available but again you can go through legalzoom to check on the availability of your name i would put a few backups just in case legalzoom isn't fully synced with the state of georgia yet business purpose so you want to find one that is as close to your business as possible you may not get something that's exact if you're unsure again google is going to be your best friend in this process i actually had to look up my naics code on google the first time i ever did this and then yo
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I've studied supranational law at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and I am an expert in lti system theory. I usually feel rejuvenated. My previous job was insurance estate planner I held this position for 16 years, I love talking about geocaching and trivia nights. Huge fan of Rosemary Clooney I practice sky surfing and collect basketball cards.
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