Start and Run a US Business - Startup Guide

How to easily start a US Company from the comfort of your home, be it the US or elsewhere avoiding expensive legal fees
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  • Contents Video: 1 hour
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About This Course

Published 9/2014 English

Course Description

If you haven't got a company you can set it up in the US, even if you are a foreigner. If you have a foreign company, you can create a US company to establish your presence in the US market and increase your brand reputation, because:

  • Fact 1: Nobody will take you seriously in business unless you have a company.
  • Fact 2: You get most credibility in business with a US-based company.

The problem is that setting up a US company is very costly. It can easily amount to $10,000 and above, since corporate lawyers are extremely expensive.


The Good News

Setting up a US company is actually not that complicated and expensive, you just have to follow some easy steps and understand some basic concepts. Instead of having a corporate lawyer explain them to you (charging hundreds of dollars / hour), you can take this course! It contains:

  • a hands-on approach on the best legal practices
  • with a step-by-step guide to create your company in a few hours
  • on a few hundred-dollar budget
  • in plain English
  • with 37 lectures with videos, instructions, quizzes and checklists
  • and templates for all the necessary legal documents

A Foreigner-Friendly Course

If you don't live in the US, I'll teach you how to set up your own US company without ever having to travel to the US in a special set of lectures I've prepared for foreign entrepreneurs.


  • More than 1000 satisfied students
  • 5-star rating


Don't take my word for it. Hear what others have to say...

Adelina COJOCARU: "After taking this course I finally know what I'm doing. I know what needs to be done, what decisions need to be made and their impact on my business. Most importantly, I know now that I can do it myself and save all that money on legal fees."

Juren Strnik: "The instructor is knowledgeable about the subject and explains it in plain English. The fact that he's created several companies gives you peace of mind as he's able to point out several gotchas along the way."

Francesc Sanahuja: "I have the feeling that it just saved me much more time, trouble and hours of frustration than I can image! Good invested money!"

Alberto Fernandez: "I've read many things about starting a company in the US. But I'm a foreigner and I didn't know it was possible for me to start one. Now I know that it is possible, that I don't have to fly to the US, and that there are some things and traps you really have to be careful with as a foreigner"


Why I Made This Course for You

I'm a serial entrepreneur and over the years I've started 4 companies and helped many other entrepreneurs establish their own. Setting up my companies without a lawyer has saved me thousands of dollars, but it has costed me many hours of reading legal stuff, talking to corporate attorneys, calling the IRS, etc. I have worked through all this information and summarized it in a digested version for you. I would like to share the acquired knowledge in this course to save you not only your money, but also your time.


If this sounds interesting to you, I highly recommend making this investment in yourself.

What are the requirements?

  • No specific software requirements, beyond an internet connection, a PDF reader and a video player
  • Required mindset: desire to create a US company
  • Hardware requirements: printer + scanner OR digital signature (e-Signing) software

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn to pick up the right type of business entity
  • Learn when and in which state to set up your company
  • Learn how many shares to authorize, and their initial par value
  • Learn how to use a 3rd-party business service to do most of the necessary paperwork for you
  • Learn how to conduct the Organizational Meeting
  • Learn how to manage your company and do a basic tax declaration and Franchise Tax payment
  • Learn how to avoid common legal pitfalls unexperienced entrepreneurs fall into
  • Learn how to do all of the above if you are not a US citizen and don’t live in the US

What is the target audience?

  • US Entrepreneurs who want to start a business
  • Foreign entrepreneurs who want to start a business in the US
  • Foreign business owners who want to move part of their business to the US

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the Course
Welcome!
Preview
01:04
Course Structure
Preview
01:14
Overall Time and Cost Estimation
Preview
01:43
[ALIENS WATCH THIS] If you Don't Live in the US
Preview
00:42
Resources
Preview
00:19
Section 2: Choosing your Company Type
Main Company Types
Preview
00:30
Entrepreneur-Friendly Company Types
Preview
01:58
Corporations vs. LLCs
04:52
[ALIENS WATCH THIS] Company Types for Aliens
00:39
Why Should I create a US Company in the First Place?
3 pages
Company Types
3 questions
Section 3: When and Where to Set Up your Company
When to Set Up your Company
01:52
Where to Set Up your Company: Not all States are Equal
02:08
[ALIENS WATCH THIS] Recommendation for Aliens
00:45
When and Where to Set Up your Company
3 questions
Section 4: Setting Up the Company
Process Overview
03:27
Splitting the Pie (Part 1)
03:39
04:25

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Guide to the Forms in this Section
2 pages
Setting Up the Company
3 questions
Section 5: Right after Establishing your Company
Life After Company Setup
00:36
The Organizational Meeting
01:44
Splitting the Pie (Part 2)
05:43
Main Legal Documents and Their Contents
03:38
After the Organizational Meeting
04:11
[ALIENS WATCH THIS] The Toughest Part is Opening a Bank Account
04:37
[ALIENS WATCH THIS] Filing your Section 83(B) Election with the IRS
01:00
Guide to the Forms in this Section
3 pages
After Establishing your Company
3 questions
Section 6: Managing your Company
Introduction
00:47
Your Obligations
02:39
The IRS
01:14
The Franchise Tax
02:45
Managing your Company
3 questions
Section 7: Course Wrap-Up
Good Luck with your Company!
02:10
Section 8: [BONUS SECTION] How to Dissolve your Company
The Dissolution Process
02:27
The Dissolution Process for a Corporation in Delaware
4 pages
The Dissolution Process for an LLC in Delaware
2 pages
[ALIENS WATCH THIS] A Final Gotcha Before Oblivion
01:27
Section 9: [BONUS SECTION] Fast-Track Company Creation
Fast-Track Company Creation
05:39
Checklist
2 pages
Section 10: [BONUS SECTION] Vocabulary
Vocabulary Definitions
9 pages

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Instructor Biography

Miguel De Vega, Ph.D., Serial Entrepreneur, Startup Mentor, Executive Board Member

Serial entrepreneur, Ph. D. in telecommunications engineering, passionate about tech businesses, sports, maths and traveling. I have authored 27 patents, published in scientific research magazines, written books on software development, lived in 5 countries, built from $4.95 to multi-million-dollar products, worked at large (Siemens, Nokia) and small companies, and co-founded 5 startups. I regularly mentor startups at Oxygen Startups (at Google Campus, London), Launch48, Startup Weekend and Olympo Boxes, and advice them on business and legal issues. I love learning new things.

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