Call or Text: (504) 934-2020

DIY Options and Guidance

Starting a new business in Louisiana?

Entrepreneurs are notorious for figuring everything out themselves.  And while having a Louisiana attorney form your entity for you is certainly easier and less time consuming, as entrepreneurs ourselves - we fully embrace the do-it-yourself (DIY) spirit. 

And the good news is that, for the most part, setting up a Louisiana LLC or corporation is not all that complicated. It can be accomplished on your own in under thirty minutes, if you know what you are doing.

So we developed this page of our website for all the Louisiana DIY entrepreneurs out there who want to do it yourself.  Before getting started, check out this video from Amanda Butler Schley, Esq. which explains the three things you will need to do to form your LLC today:

  1. Obtain an EIN from the IRS
  2. File your Articles of Organization or Incorporation with the Louisiana Secretary of State (LLCs file Articles of Organization and corporations file Articles of Incorporation)
  3. Prepare and sign your Louisiana Operating Agreement or Bylaws (for corporations)

 

DIY Instructions for getting an EIN

An EIN is like a social security number for your business.  It allows you to file taxes, set up state tax accounts, issue a W9, and get a bank account in the name of your business.  Single member LLCs or two member husband and wife LLCs that file jointly do not need a separate EIN, because they are permitted to simply use their social security numbers as the business tax ID, instead of obtaining an EIN.  However, just because you can do it, doesn't mean you should do it.  Protecting your personal social security number guards against identity theft.  The more you use your personal social security for your business, the greater the risk of identity theft or someone misusing your social security number.  Because obtaining an EIN number is a quick an easy process, we advise all businesses just starting up, even those that are single member or husband wife teams to obtain a separate EIN and to use that EIN.

Purchase $19

DIY Instructions for forming your Louisiana LLC with the Louisiana Secretary of State

Are you looking to form a Louisiana LLC yourself but the process became overwhelming or you are unsure if you filed everything correctly?  Our step by step instructional video will show you the exact process to form your Louisiana LLC with the Louisiana Secretary of State.  This video walks you through the entire process, so you can make sure you've formed your LLC like a business lawyer.

Our video includes:

  • How to Complete and File your Articles of Organization and what they need to include
  • Should you set up accounts with the Louisiana Department of Revenue during this process?
  • Choosing a registered agent and things to consider when choosing a registered agent for your business
  • Tips on using GeauxBiz to accomplish other filings, including your annual report or name change

This on-demand access video provides the DIY steps to creating and maintaining your own Limited Liability Company.  Business Law Group will not provide any filing services or advice on which entity to choose. All information is for educational purposes only and does not substitute for an attorney. BLG provides this general information to assist you and such information does not constitute legal advice, nor is a lawyer/client relationship formed.

Purchase $99

DIY Instructions for Getting your Out of State Business Registered to Do Business in Louisiana

Are you currently operating in another state but getting ready to start doing business here in Louisiana? Our instructional video will walk you through the exact process of registering your out of state or foreign business entity with the Louisiana Secretary of State using GeauxBiz.

Our video includes step by step instructions for each step in the process:

  • What documents and information you will need from your home state before registering
  • How to designate a registered agent if you don't have an owner in state to accept service
  • Tips on using GeauxBiz to accomplish other filings, including your annual report or name change

This on-demand access video provides the DIY steps to creating and maintaining your own Limited Liability Company.  All information is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice, nor is a lawyer/client relationship formed.

Purchase $99

Single Member LLC Operating Agreement

Even though having a Single Member Operating Agreement is not required in Louisiana, and Operating Agreements are not kept on file with the Louisiana Secretary of State, having a single member operating agreement demonstrates that your entity is observing corporate formalities right from the start.  What are corporate formalities? Corporate formalities are steps and precautions that a business entity must take  to be legally distinct from its owners or members.  Forming an LLC is only the first step of many to demonstrating to the public that your entity is separate and distinct from you, personally.  For more information about other corporate formalities, read this BLG article.

Purchase $99

Complete DIY Louisiana LLC Formation Package

This package includes the:

  1. DIY Instructions for obtaining an EIN
  2. DIY Instructions for forming your LA LLC with the Louisiana Secretary of State
  3. Single Member LLC Operating Agreement

Purchase $175

Menu