Incorporating provides a number of benefits for companies and small businesses. In addition to increased opportunities for fundraising as well as limited liability, a corporation is a legal entity. It survives beyond the lives and ownership of its initial founders and shareholders. Theoretically, it can live on indefinitely. However, all of these benefits come with increased formalities for business formation. Here's some of the general requirements, but remember that your state laws may greater or fewer restrictions.

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1. Choose Your Business Name

First, you must choose and research your corporation's name. This name is considered a fictitious name because, though you are filing for it, it isn't going to be your real name. This becomes your doing business as (DBA) name. The name must be unique from others in your state. If you go onto your state's Small Business Administration, you can conduct a search on all of the registered business names in your state. Only attempt to register a name for your corporation that's not been used. Otherwise, you'll have to start all over again.

2. Prepare Articles of Incorporation

Generally, you can find Articles of Incorporation on your state's Small Business Administration site or at your local courthouse in the clerk's office. The articles of incorporation vary significantly from state to state, but at the very least, they generally include the:

  • Name(s) of the business owner(s)
  • Business address
  • Business name
  • Desire to be a C-Corporation

3. Mail it to the Appropriate State Agency

Once you finish the articles of incorporation, you mail these in to the Secretary of State or the Small Business Administration Department, depending on your state. The registration fee should be included in this mailing.

After the necessary government official goes over your articles of incorporation, he'll let you know whether everything is in order. You should receive a Certificate of Incorporation or a similar equivalent. At this point, you are an official C-Corporation, and can begin calling yourself that.

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Get Started Start your C-Corp Answer a few questions. We'll take care of the rest.