Step 1) Verify & Secure Your Brand Name
To secure and register your brand name it must be unique, not too similar to another registered Nebraska name, and shouldn’t contain any restricted wording.
Keep in mind your LLC name should contain the words ‘Limited Liability Company’ or ‘Limited Company’. Abbreviations for these words like ‘L.C.’ or ‘L.L.C’ are also acceptable. If needed, you can file an Application for Reservation of LLC Name through postal mail that's good for 120 days.
Filing Fee: $15
Remember, this isn’t optional in Nebraska-- it’s mandatory.
Quick Note: Before you commit 100% to a name, you may also want to check that there’s a decent URL available for your business. Use Weebly to search your options. If there’s a quality domain name for purchase, we advise buying it right away. Even if launching a business website isn’t on your radar right now, it’s going to be soon, and you might as well nail down a domain name that’ll make it easy for customers to find you!
Step 2) Appoint A Registered Agent
A Nebraska Registered Agent can be an individual resident of the state or a legally registered business entity with a physical street address and regular M-F business hours.
On behalf of your brand they receive and help process important business documents like state filings, tax forms, legal notices and so on. They’re essential and required by law.
That said, you can work with a professional and expect to pay up to $160/yr, or get a qualified agent free when you register an LLC through IncFile or CorpNet. They handle this along with much more depending on which startup package you opt for.
Step 3) File Certificate Of Organization
Head on over to the Forms & Fees Information page through the Sec. of State and select either domestic or foreign LLC.
For domestic, there's no Certificate of Organization form we can link to. Instead, you need to sign up for Corporate Document eDelivery with the state. Foreign LLC's can download the Certificate of Authority.
As you'll see this is a basic declarative document for the public record that sets out hours of operation, name and address, registered agent info, ownership, etc. Just be sure you're ready before filing.
Domestic LLC Filing Fee: $100 + $5/page.
Step 4) Obtain An EIN
Your LLC's EIN, or Employer Identification Number, is used by the state and federal government to track your business activity. It's pretty much the same thing as a social security number for individuals. With it you can file business taxes, set up your business bank accounts in the next step, legally hire employees, and so forth. Pretty straightforward.
To quickly get your free EIN, you can apply online using the IRS Website.
Step 5) Open A Business Bank Account
First and foremost, your brand's financials need to be completely separate from all other accounts or streams of financial data. Don't just assume you should set it up where you or your team already have personal bank accounts.
Try to look at the differences in fees, kickbacks, and financial services on an annual basis when you do your comparisons. Just don't be hasty. Do some homework.
Step 6) Draft An Operating Agreement
An LLC Operating Agreement isn't state-mandated, but in our opinion it's crucial for smooth operations even if you're a solopreneur.It sets down on paper managerial/financial duties and responsibilities. Think of it as an internal agreement on things like profit sharing, ownership percentages, and rules of operation.
It sets down on paper managerial/financial duties and responsibilities. Think of it as an internal agreement on things like profit sharing, ownership percentages, and rules of operation.
Furthermore, it supersedes any default state rules in cases where there’s a misunderstanding or financial problems arise in your LLC. To get started, consider checking out an online Operating Agreement Tool which you can customize yourself.
Step 7) Handle Business Taxes & Licensing
So, what kind of business are you in? How many employees? Do you deal in nuclear waste or perhaps industrial procurement?
The point here is the regulatory system is going to be complex/simple relative to a number of variables. This is why it's nice to have an attorney or work with incorporation providers.
To get started bookmark the Omaha office of the Small Business Administration and Sec. of State’s Business Services page because they’re likely going to be go-to sources. Also, look into professional Business License Research packages that can quickly source all needed documents for you.
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