WE GET ASKED THIS QUESTION ON A REGULAR BASIS. HERE IS THE PROCESS WE WENT THROUGH TO FORM OUR FIRST LLC BACK IN 2006.
FILING OURSELVES SAVED US HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS IN ATTORNEY FEES!
HOW TO GET AN LLC IN GEORGIA?
NAME YOUR BABY (YOUR COMPANY)
Your business is your Baby! Though not a real baby, it’s very important that you treat is as such. Starting with the name of the business.
Here are some guidelines…
- You must have the word or abbreviation of the word Limited Liability Company, L.L.C or LLC in the business name.
- You can’t have the same business name in the LLC Database as another business. To avoid begin rejected, do a name search on ecorp.sos.ga.gov to see if your business name is available. Once you find the name that’s available, then it’s time for the next step.
***NOTE*** Before registering the name, see if you can find the domain name or website address on Godaddy, Bluehost, or web.com first. This will help with branding and marketing later.
WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE THE REGISTERED AGENT FOR YOUR COMPANY?
A Georgia resident or corporation authorized to handle business in Georgia can be nominated to be the business
registered agent. This person (including yourself) can file paperwork, legal documentation or open accounts (bank, lines of credit, insurance, etc…) on the behalf of the company.
NOW IT’S TIME TO FILE FOR YOUR LLC ONLINE!
You have the business name and have selected the registered agent. Now it’s time to file the LLC. Go to ecorp.sos.ga.gov/Account to apply for your LLC. It’s pretty easy! Just follow the steps provide on the website and you will be fine. If by some chance you run into a snag, call 404-656-2817 to speak with a live agent.
GET AN EIN – EMPLOYMENT IDENTIFICATION NUMBER!
Basically it’s a Social Security Number for the company. The best part of all…IT’S FREE!
This is always filed after the LLC is complete! Just make sure you use the entire business name.
***EXAMPLE*** Your Business LLC
There are more advanced situations when filing for an LLC but this is the method we used.
***Disclaimer: We are not attorneys! Consult an attorney for questions on business structure!