Not ready to start an LLC? Learn the basics.
This is the first and most important step in starting your LLC. Do some research to make sure the name you choose is suited to your business venture and is easily searchable for potential clients.
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You must nominate a Registered Agent for your LLC in North Carolina
What is a Registered Agent? A registered agent is a person or business nominated by your company to officially receive and send papers on your behalf including annual state filings.
Who can be a Registered Agent? The registered agent must be a resident of North Carolina or a corporation authorized to transact business in North Carolina. You may elect an individual within the company including yourself.
Click here to find out why you may want to use a registered agent service.
Recommended: This registered agent service provides a great package.
How to register your LLC with the State of North Carolina
File the Articles of Organization for a Domestic LLC.
Download the PDF:
Articles of Organization - Domestic North Carolina LLC
Fee: Nonrefundable $125, made payable to "N.C. Secretary of State".
Follow the instructions on the PDF.
Important: If you're expanding your existing LLC to North Carolina you are forming a Foreign LLC. Learn how.
What is an Operating Agreement? An operating agreement is a legal document outlining the ownership and operating procedures of your LLC. This agreement allows you to form financial/working relationships with co-owners into an established system suitable to your business. It is not required to form an LLC in North Carolina, but is good practice to have one.
Recommended: We provide a free operating agreement however we recommend getting one professional drafted by a lawyer, especially if you are starting a multi-member LLC.
What is an EIN? The Employer Identification Number (EIN), or Federal Tax Identification Number, is used to identify a business entity. It is essentially a social security number for the company.
Why do I need an EIN? An EIN is required for the following:
Where do I get an EIN? An EIN is obtained from the IRS (free of charge) by the business owner after they form their business. This can be done by one of two ways:
Do I need to register for State taxes? You will need to register for State taxes if:
Do I need business licenses & permits and how do I obtain them?
To operate your LLC you must comply with federal, state, and local government regulations. For example, restaurants likely need health permits, building permits, signage permits, etc.
Find out what types of special licensing you need by doing the following:
The details of business licenses and permits vary from state to state. Make sure you read carefully. Don't be surprised if there are short classes required as well.
Fees for business licenses and permits will vary depending on what sort of license you are seeking to obtain.
Once a business decides to hire employees, they are obligated to adhere to certain legal requirements, such as:
Learn more about hiring employees for your small business.
What is Workers Compensation Insurance? This form of insurance is required for most businesses with employees, but varies by State. Click here to learn more.
What is General Liability Insurance? This is an important service, but is not required in most States. Click here to learn why.
How much will the right insurance cost you? Click here to find out.
As a new business there are a lot of services you'll need to get started. Below we have provided a short list of some of the things that will help jump start your business.