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How to File a LLC in California

How To:

File/Start a LLC in California

Promise, this is a super easy, stress free process!
If you know anything about our story, we have changed countries once and states 3 times in the last 5 years…  Blah, blah ….  The short of that long tale would be:

I have done this process a few times, in a few states!

5 simple steps:

  1. Name your LLC.
         This is completely up to you!
  2. File ‘Articles of Organization‘ with the State of California.
         Since we live so close to Sacramento, I opted to drop off & pick up.  So I can say if you do it that way, I had received a call back to pick up my form exactly 5 days from when I dropped it off.  In reading the instructions that come with the form, it says if mailed, it would take them 5 days to process and then however long it would take to mail it back to you. Also should mention that it is a cost of $70 & $15 service fee.
  3. Within 90 days of filing the ‘Articles of Organization’, you will need to file an ‘Initial Statement of Information
    I had filled this form filled out and ready to file once I got my hands on my ‘Articles of Organization’ form back.  Once I got my call back, I simply picked up my form and dropped off the ‘Initial Statement of Information’.  The fee was $20 for this form.  Would like to mention that I had got a certified copy, as I was directed by the financial institution that I was opening a business account at, requested I have a copy of this form, an additional $5.
  4. Create an ‘Operating Agreement’, a requirement in California to all LLC’s!
    You can create one on your own or you can fill-in-the-blanks with your information, on the one I use – you choose!  For a FREE fill-in-the-blanks PDF, click here!Operating Agreement fill-in-the-blanks form
  5. Get an EIN (Employer Identification Number)
    An EIN is basically your LLC’s social security # for your business.  If you already have one, HIGH 5!  If not, you may wonder why you would need one?
    You need an EIN when:
    a) filing state & federal taxes
    b)to open Business Bank account
    Promise it is super easy to get & is free online or print this form & pop it in the mail!

 

Done!

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below or drop me a line -> info@melaniemaczuga.com

 

Cheers!
Videographer, Sacramento, CA,

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