Business - How To Start An LLC In Texas
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Business - Your step by step guide on how to set up an LLC in Texas. We walk you through all of the details.
4.8 (19 ratings)
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Last updated 2/2016
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Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Know how to start your LLC in the state of Texas
  • Know how to set up your LLC the correct way
  • Know why you should follow guidelines with a LLC to benefit from its protections
  • Know why it is important to have a registered agent
  • How to do a basic trademark search at the USA federal level
  • How to do a basic trademark search at the Texas state level
  • How to do a company name availability search in the state of Texas
  • How to file legal documents with the state of Texas
  • How to get a personal mail box for your business
  • How to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) with the IRS
  • How to open a business bank account
  • How to initially fund a LLC with money and assets
  • Know what are the required documents for starting a LLC
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Requirements
  • Students should already know that the business entity that they want to create is a Limited Liability Company (LLC).
  • Students should already know that they want to create their LLC in the state of Texas.
Description

Have you ever wanted to start a limited liability company? 

Do you struggle with not knowing how to do it? Have you searched for how to start an LLC, but haven't found any good guides out there yet? 

This walk through guide is exactly what you have been looking for.

Do you keep putting it off because it seems like a lot of work? Do you not want to waste 100's of hours figuring out how to do it, and instead would like a proven process guide that gets you there in only a fraction of that time? 

If have asked any of these questions, then this course is right for you.

Other services out there only cover 2 of the 25+ steps in this course. Don't get into trouble down the road by false security. Make sure you know how to create your LLC the right way. Other courses just give you the academic approach, and are not very helpful when you get in the middle of actually doing it. This course is one of the best guides on how to start a business in Texas.

This course walks you through step by step in detail from the ground up. The course is for those that want to know how to do it the right way, so that your company follows all of the legal rules and so that you can fully use the limited liability protection at the heart of a LLC! And today is the best time for starting a business in Texas. Check out the free previews to see how we walk you through the hard parts.

Entrepreneurs should take this course to get their LLC up and running right away. One of the best types of small business is the LLC, and one of the best states to create a LLC in is TX.

What are you waiting for? Get into this course right now!

Not sure if you'll be happy with the course? No problem! With a 30 day money back guarantee, if you are not 100% satisfied with the course, you can get a full refund. Go ahead and enroll now risk free.

Who is the target audience?
  • The course is meant for those that have always wanted to know how to create an LLC, but had no idea where to even begin.
  • The course is meant for those that wish to save 100's of hours of their time doing research and instead can follow the process that only requires a few hours of their time.
  • The course is meant for the seasoned LLC member that is looking for the proper way on generating an LLC from scratch.
  • The course is meant for those that are curious about the process, so that they might be able to better assist those that follow the process with services or products.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 40 Lectures Collapse All 40 Lectures 02:33:22
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Legal Disclaimer
1 Lecture 01:45

Before we start learning, let's review the legal disclaimer for the information presented in this course.

Please read and listen to the legal disclaimer in the video.

The main take away here is that the instructor is an entrepreneur that has started and has run several LLC's. The instructor is not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice. The course content is for educational purposes only. The instructor is also not an accountant, and this is not accounting or financial advice.

If you get stuck with a step along the way because you have something very unique to your situation, always seek professional advice from a licensed profession, like a lawyer or accountant, in your state.

Preview 01:45
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Introduction
2 Lectures 00:55

Mike will be our instructor. Let's watch a quick introduction for the course.

First off, I invite you to go ahead and introduce yourself in the discussions area. Tell us what you are working on, and what you plan on doing with your LLC once you have it up and running. Don't be shy, we are all here to learn from each other, so let's explore together. :)

Let me go first. Hi, I'm Mike, and I am an entrepreneur that has created many LLC's. I'm also an electronics engineer, and love exploring business opportunities that help people solve problems. I am dedicated to focusing my time on providing great solutions for people in my many areas of interest. I am creating the LLC in the course work to focus on software in the near future.

Thank you for joining the course. I am so excited on walking you through the process of starting your very own LLC!

Let's jump right in!

-Mike

Preview 00:55

There have been many questions on how much it might cost to set up your LLC. There are many factors and options you can take, so I cover the tight budget path, as well as the more luxurious path if you have money that you would like to spend to save your time and opportunity cost.

Let's take a look at the costs:

For example 1, where the person takes the tight budget route, the initial funding which creates the LLC and includes 6 months of operating expenses is a total of $1,190.

For example 2, where the person needed to create a foreign LLC and a virtual office, the initial funding which creates the LLC and 6 months of operating expenses came up to a total of $2,150.

What options do you choose, and what is your total expected costs?

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Course Documents
3 Lectures 01:19

Use the course documents to help aid you in the process.

One document is the high level checklist that you can use to check off each step as you complete it along the way. This is a great exercise in keeping your momentum going because you can clearly see how far you have come each step of the way.

The other document is a nice guide that summarizes each of the steps, tells you where to go and what to do, and offers tips on that particular step. It also is a great place to capture key details for each of these steps so that you can refer back to the information later.

Preview 01:19

Use the course checklist to help aid you in keeping track of your progress.

This document helps you see how far you have come and how many other steps are left. It allows you to keep the momentum going so that you don't burn out part way through the process. Use this document as a way to keep track of your progress.

Course Checklist
1 page

Use the course worksheet as a guide through the process.

This worksheet is your best quick reference guide to all of the steps. It shows you where to go, what to do, and offers great tips on how best to accomplish that step. It also lets you capture relevant information for that step, and that way you can always look back later and have all of the information you need in one great place.

Course Worksheet
11 pages
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Separation From You and Your Business
1 Lecture 04:30

Here we take a look at the importance of keeping you personally separated from your business in order to preserve the limited liability protections with a LLC.

Why is this important? Because, most people believe that if you simply file the state paperwork and create an LLC, then you automatically get limited liability protection. This is completely wrong. You have to follow proper guidelines in running your business to get your business separated from your personal assets. Otherwise, if you get sued, the court might find that you were operating your business in name only, and that it was really just you hiding behind an LLC. That means they might be able to "pierce the veil" and get access to your personal assets. We don't want this to happen.

Therefore, we want to make sure we are doing all of the right things to ensure that we keep our limited liability protection in our LLC. This lecture will go over the main rules to live by in your LLC business.

Preview 04:30
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Generic Business Email Account
1 Lecture 01:53

Setting up a generic business email account gives you a good way to separate your personal email from your business email. This specific email address can be used to start accounts with different websites during your LLC creation, and of course the creation of future LLCs.

Then, once you have completed creating a LLC, that LLC should get its own email account from there moving forward.

I like using Google's gmail for email. It automatically allows you to get a Google+ account, as well as a youtube account all connected to the email address. It is super easy to fill out a form to get an email account.

Let's get this out of the way and then move on to starting an LLC.

How to setup a generic business email account
01:53
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Texas SOS Website Account
1 Lecture 02:13

Setting up a Texas SOS website account is easy and quick! Simply go to the Texas SOS website and create your account. Per the site's suggestion, please allow up to 15 minutes of processing time before you get a response.

How to setup the Texas SOS website account
02:13
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Company Address - Personal Mail Box or Location?
1 Lecture 12:24

If your LLC does not have a physical location, then a great option is to get a personal mail box. P.O. boxes are not recommended because many websites will not allow their use.

In the past, the United States Postal Service has not accepted any other shipping methods other than their own. I have heard rumors that this might change in the future, but have not been able to confirm it. Big company shippers also do not like shipping to P.O. boxes, and will typically not extend all of their service guarantees.

Using your home address is not recommended as it does not provide a good separation of you personally from your business. It also doesn't give you privacy as the business owner.

How to get a personal mail box to use as a company address
12:24
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Company Name
6 Lectures 24:37

Coming up with a company name is sometimes rough and sometimes smooth. It all depends on your branding, as well as what is available. It is recommended that you brainstorm names with friends and family, and then go through the process of seeing what is available. It usually takes many iterations of going through all the checks before you find one that will work, so don't be discouraged.

Stick with it and you will find one!

Name brainstorming: https://www.shopify.com/tools/business-name-generator

Google account availability check: https://accounts.google.com/SignUp?

Website availability confirmation: https://who.is/

Thinking through your company branding scheme and selecting a company name
05:52

A basic USA federal level trademark search is easy to do. If there are name similarities, the easiest option if you don't know what to do is simply choose a different name. If that is not an option, consider paying for professional services to do a thorough trademark search for you to make the determination.

There is risk here by not doing a full thorough trademark search that you might get into trouble down the road if you are infringing on another company or person's trademark rights. Keep in mind that you can hire professional services to do a thorough trademark search for you so that you know for sure your company is safe moving forward.

Website: http://www.uspto.gov/

Go to "Quick Links", then "TESS"

USA Federal Trademark Search
07:50

A basic Texas state level trademark search is easy to do. If there are name similarities, the easiest option if you don't know what to do is simply choose a different name. If that is not an option, consider paying for professional services to do a thorough trademark search for you to make the determination.

Website: https://direct.sos.state.tx.us/acct/acct-login.asp

Go to "Trademarks", then "Find - Trademark - Active and Inactive"

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A Texas company name availability search is a great way to check if another company in Texas is using a name similar to the one you have chosen. Then, when you submit your LLC filing, you can be much more certain of getting the name.

Website: https://direct.sos.state.tx.us/acct/acct-login.asp

Go to "Business Organizations", then "Name Availability Search"

TX name rules: https://direct.sos.state.tx.us/help/entitynames.pdf

Texas State Company Name Availability Search
04:32

Let's take a moment to see how much progress we have made so far! We are well on our way through the guided process.

Great progress so far!
00:32

Although we don't have the LLC name guaranteed just yet, if we have done all of the steps up to this point, then we should have a good chance of getting the name. While we are waiting on the process with Texas to complete, we don't want any of the other available user names to get taken by someone else, so let's spend a little time right now to go ahead and get those names.

Reserve Name
02:37
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Registered Agent
1 Lecture 05:08

Getting a registered agent is a great choice to ensure that in the case that our LLC gets sued, someone will be there to accept the legal papers on behalf of the LLC.

Keep in mind that it's well worth hiring a service out there to be your registered agent. It is not a good idea for you to be your own registered agent at your home address. For one thing, you don't want to violate the separation of business and personal. Plus, I doubt you will be at your home every work day during normal work hours to be able to reasonably accept legal papers. It's also not the best idea to use your business address if you have a location. It can hurt your reputation if you have customers around when you are served legal papers.

The easiest thing to do is to hire registered agent services, or ask your local attorney if they can fill that role for you.

How to get a registered agent
05:08
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State of Texas - Certificate of Formation
2 Lectures 10:46

Here we get to the heart of the LLC creation process, filing the certificate of formation with the state of Texas. The process is pretty painless, and I walk you through it in the video.

It can take approximately 2 days for Texas to complete the paperwork, so take a break until you get word back from them.

Webiste: https://direct.sos.state.tx.us/acct/acct-login.asp

Go to "Business Organizations", then " Reservation * Formation * Registration Documents", then "Domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC)"

How to file the certificate of formation with the State of Texas
10:32

Let's celebrate our progress so far! We are doing such great working getting through our guide.

Outstanding work!
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