Learn how to start a business state-by-state with the help of our comprehensive tutorials. The below guides have covered all bases, providing you with all the information needed on forming/registering a limited liability company (LLC), a corporation, or a partnership. Whether you are forming an in-state, domestic entity, or you’re applying for authority to transact business as a foreign business, we have you covered at no additional cost. Select your state below to gain a full understanding of what’s in store.

Start a Business (By-State)

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Delaware Louisiana Nevada Pennsylvania West Virginia
Florida Maine New Hampshire Rhode Island Wisconsin
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Types of Businesses

  • Corporation
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Partnership (LP, LLP, LLLP)

Start a Corporation

Corporation – A corporation is a type of entity that holds most of the same tax benefits of a limited liability company except for the fact that the owners are known as “shareholders”. Information regarding each shareholder, and their relationship to the entity, is usually marked in the corporate bylaws. We have included a specialized template of a corporate bylaw for each state, free of charge, which is downloadable in both Adobe PDF and Microsoft Word formatting.

  • C-Corp
  • S-Corp

Start an LLC

Limited Liability Company – Otherwise known as an “LLC”, this type of entity is most commonly formed due to its tax and liability structure; any judgments made against the company do not affect the financial status of the owners’ personal assets. The owners, known as “Members”, own a percentage (%) of the entity. This is not stated on any of the filing documents, rather, it is stated in a form known as the Operating Agreement. A free template for such an agreement, customized for each state, can be found linked throughout our LLCs tutorials.

Alabama Hawaii Massachusetts New Mexico South Dakota
Alaska Idaho Michigan New York Tennessee
Arizona Illinois Minnesota North Carolina Texas
Arkansas Indiana Mississippi North Dakota Utah
California Iowa Missouri Ohio Vermont
Colorado Kansas Montana Oklahoma Virginia
Connecticut Kentucky Nebraska Oregon Washington
Delaware Louisiana Nevada Pennsylvania West Virginia
Florida Maine New Hampshire Rhode Island Wisconsin
Georgia Maryland New Jersey South Carolina Wyoming