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Starting a California LLC

Forming a California LLC is as easy as answering a few simple questions. But what does it cost? And how long does it take? Here's what you need to know:
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Before you start

You'll have to provide some basic information so we can help you form your LLC in california. Here's what your state needs to know:
The name of your business
Your business address
Who's forming and managing your LLC
Your industry
A short statement of purpose

Running a California LLC

As soon as you're done forming your LLC, you'll have a few steps to complete. Here's what you'll need to do:
Step 1: Get a Registered Agent
California requires you to have a Registered Agent to receive important mail and be the official contact for your business. You can serve as your own or we can help you find a professional Registered Agent.
Step 2: Apply for an EIN
An Employee Identification Number is a unique code used to identify your LLC. Think of it like an Social Security Number for your company. We can help get you one.
Step 3: Create an LLC Operating Agreement
An LLC Operating Agreement serves as the rules for your company. You'll want to note who's in charge, who invested, and how decisions will be made. This should only take you about 20 or 30 minutes and you can create your Operating Agreement online.
Step 4: Hold an Organizational Meeting
You’ll need to hold a meeting with your LLC members to sign your Operating Agreement and start things off on the right foot. It’s a good idea to keep Meeting Minutes when you bring management together.
Step 5: File a Statement of Information
California requires you to submit a Statement of Information within 90 days of forming your LLC. It’s a fairly simple form where you’ll provide details about your company’s officers, Registered Agent, and type of business. It should only take you about 15 minutes to fill yours out.