Form a company in your state

Now that you know what type of company to form, you'll file some paperwork with your state's Secretary of State (SoS). Find the website for your SoS's business division. Before you actually file, find their business name search tool, and make sure nobody else has already started a business in your state with the name you want to use. (You may also want to search if anybody has trademarked the name.) After you've checked your business name, look for the option to form your business online. Usually this is called filing your "articles of incorporation" for a corporation or "articles of organization" for an LLC.

As you fill out your state's form, you'll run into a few things that might need explanation:

After you submit your filing, it may take a couple weeks before receive your confirmation that your company has been created.