How do I file for a new business entity?
There are a number of ways to file your paperwork. You can go to the Secretary of State’s office, fill out the paperwork, pay the filing fee and wait for processing. Many states also allow forms to be mailed, but some do not. Most states allow online filing making a streamlined service like New Business Filing available to save you time.
Do I need to incorporate my business?
Your child’s lemonade stand may (or may not) be free of the worries of debt and litigation, but if you plan to do any significant business, then you probably need an LLC or some other form of registered structure to protect your personal assets from the liabilities of the company. If you are still not sure, consult an attorney or accountant.