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DIY Options and Guidance

DIY OPTIONS AND GUIDANCE

We know entrepreneurs are notorious for wanting to figure everything out themselves. Yes, having a Louisiana attorney form your exciting new business entity for you is certainly easier and less time consuming. 

However, as entrepreneurs ourselves, we fully embrace that do-it-yourself (DIY) spirit. That's why we've created several informational educational packages to help you get set up, from getting your EIN to setting up your LLC to creating your Single Member Operating Agreement.

I'm starting a new business in Louisiana, and want to DIY getting set up. Can you help me get started?

The good news is that, for the most part, setting up a Louisiana LLC or corporation isn't all that complicated. In fact, you can do it on your own, in less than 30 minutes, if you know what you're doing.

There are three parts to forming 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 for LLCs or Bylaws for corporations.

DIY INSTRUCTIONS FOR GETTING AN EIN

An EIN is like a social security number for your business. An EIN allows you to file taxes, set up state tax accounts, issue a W-9, and get a bank account in your business name. You might already know that single-member LLCs or two-member husband-and-wife LLCs that file jointly don't need a separate EIN, because they're permitted to simply use their social security numbers as the business tax ID, instead of obtaining an EIN. 

However, just because you can launch a business without an EIN, doesn't mean you should. Protecting your personal social security number guards against identity theft. In fact, 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 fast and easy process, we advise all startup businesses (even those that are single member or husband-and-wife teams) to obtain a separate EIN and to use that EIN. This quick course will show you exactly how to obtain an EIN for your brand-new business baby.

Purchase: $19


DIY INSTRUCTIONS FOR FORMING YOUR LOUISIANA LLC WITH THE LOUISIANA SECRETARY OF STATE

We get it. You're looking to form a Louisiana LLC yourself, but the process has suddenly become overwhelming or you're unsure whether you filed everything correctly. Our step-by-step instructional video shows you the exact process to form your Louisiana LLC with the Louisiana Secretary of State like a business lawyer.

This on-demand access video provides the DIY steps to create and maintain your own Limited Liability Company:
 

  • How to complete and file your Articles of Organization and what they need to include
  • An explanation on whether you should set up accounts with the Louisiana Department of Revenue during this process
  • How to choose a registered agent, along with things to consider when you're choosing a registered agent for your business
  • Insider tips for using GeauxBiz to accomplish other filings, including your annual report or name change.

Please note: Business Law Group won't provide any filing services or advice on which entity you should ultimately choose for your business. All information we include is for educational purposes only and doesn't substitute for an attorney. We provide this general information to assist you and such information doesn't constitute legal advice, nor does purchasing this package form a lawyer/client relationship.

Purchase: $99

DIY INSTRUCTIONS FOR GETTING YOUR OUT OF STATE BUSINESS REGISTERED TO DO BUSINESS IN LOUISIANA

Are you currently operating your business in another state, but getting ready to start doing business here in Louisiana? While this can feel overwhelming, we've spelled out the DIY steps to create and maintain your own limited liability company (LLC) in Louisiana. Our instructional video walks you through the exact process of registering your out-of-state or foreign business entity with the Louisiana Secretary of State using GeauxBiz, including:

  • 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.

Please note: All information we include is for educational purposes only and doesn't substitute for an attorney. We provide this general information to assist you and such information doesn't constitute legal advice, nor does purchasing this package form a lawyer/client relationship.

Purchase: $99

SINGLE MEMBER LLC OPERATING AGREEMENT

Even though having a Single Member Operating Agreement isn't required in Louisiana, and the Louisiana Secretary of State doesn't keep operating agreements on file, having this agreement demonstrates that your business entity observes corporate formalities, right from the start. Corporate formalities are steps and precautions that a business entity must take  to be legally distinct from its owners or members. Forming a limited liability company (LLC) is only the first step of many to demonstrating to the public that your entity is separate and distinct from you, personally. Our instructional video shows you how to create a Single Member Operating Agreement for your new business.

Please note: All information we include is for educational purposes only and doesn't substitute for an attorney. We provide this general information to assist you and such information doesn't constitute legal advice, nor does purchasing this package form a lawyer/client relationship.

Purchase: $99

COMPLETE DIY LOUISIANA LLC FORMATION PACKAGE

If you're all in, we've bundled together three of our videos at a lower package price. You'll score three step-by-step videos with DIY instructions for:

  • Obtaining an EIN for your new business
  • Forming your Louisiana-based limited liability company (LLC) with the Louisiana Secretary of State
  • Creating your Single Member LLC Operating Agreement.

You'll learn the exact steps your business attorney would take to form your Louisiana LLC.

Please note: All information we include is for educational purposes only and doesn't substitute for an attorney. We provide this general information to assist you and such information doesn't constitute legal advice, nor does purchasing this package form a lawyer/client relationship.

Purchase: $175

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