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6 Steps to Forming a Florida LLC

Florida is a great place to start a business. A combination of a rich culture, beautiful cities like Miami, Orlando or Tampa Bay, and access to the world’s transport networks makes the state home to some of the biggest businesses in the U.S. Headquarters of companies like Publix, Tupperware, Burger King and more are proud to call Florida home. One of the world’s largest entertainment companies, Disney, is famous for its Disney World theme park in Orlando.

If you want to start your own business in Florida, one of the best ways to do so is by forming an LLC. Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are a business entity designed for startups, and small- and medium-sized businesses. Florida makes forming an LLC easy and inexpensive. LLCs are great for small businesses because they give you many of the protections and advantages of larger corporations — without all the rules, regulations and compliance issues common to larger business entities. Let’s start by looking at the advantages of forming a Florida LLC.

Advantages of Forming a Florida LLC

LLCs in Florida have many benefits...

  • Starting a Florida LLC is very quick and easy — you can complete all the necessary forms and actions online in an hour or less.
  • An LLC limits your personal liability — any debts, obligations and other liabilities your business has are separate from you as the business owner or founder.
  • Florida LLCs are easy to maintain — there’s no need for boards of directors, complex rules and regulations, or formal annual meetings.
  • LLCs are very easy to manage and you can add and amend members and make other changes with just a little paperwork.
  • Florida is also a great place to do business because it’s one of the few states that do not have state income tax and do not tax corporations or LLCs. The annual fee is for filing is very reasonable at only $150.
  • Taxes are simple — any income you earn through your Florida LLC is reported on your personal tax return. This means you won’t run into “double taxation” issues common with larger corporations.

Setting up your Florida LLC in Six Quick Steps

1. Name Your Florida LLC

  • You will need a distinctive, original name for your Florida LLC that’s not used by another business in Florida.
  • To find out if another company is using your choice of business name, carry out a Florida business entity name search.
  • The name should not be confusable with the name of another Florida business.
  • The name of your business must end with “Limited Liability Company” or the abbreviation “LLC.” “Limited” and “Company” can be abbreviated to “Ltd.” and “Co.”
  • For example: “Tampa Bay Luxury Rentals LLC” or “Miami Miracles Cupcake Factory, Limited Liability Company.”

2. Provide the Address for Your New Florida LLC

A Florida LLC must have a designated street address. That could be your home address (if you’re running the company from your residence), where your office is located, or any physical address of your preference — even outside of Florida. It cannot be a P.O. Box.

3. Assign a Registered Agent for Your Florida LLC

Every Florida LLC must have a "registered agent". That could be you, the managing director, owner or a dedicated registered agent service. The registered agent in Florida is someone who receives official legal and tax correspondence and has responsibility for filing reports with the Florida Secretary of State.

At Incfile, all of our packages include a "Registered Agent" service free for the first year and $99 per year thereafter. We also have a dashboard you can login to and easily view any document your registered agent has received on your behalf. Here are a few reasons you might want to appoint Incfile as their registered agent service...

  • The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in the state where you are forming the company. Some people establish companies outside of the state they live in and will need to use a Registered Agent service to provide the address.
  • You always need to have someone on hand to receive important documents for your business during business hours (typically 9 AM to 5 PM Monday to Friday). Therefore, person must always be available to sign for legal correspondence.
  • The Registered Agent’s name and address is part of the public record and available through the Florida Secretary of State's website. If you would prefer your name and address isn’t published, this is a reason to choose a Registered Agent service.
  • If you change your Florida business address or move out of state, you don’t need to file additional documentation with the secretary of state for the new address of your Registered Agent. You will need to setup a new registered agent service in the new state.

There are more considerations, but this should help you with your decision to use a Registered Agent service.

4. Provide the Names and Addresses of Florida LLC Members

Your Florida LLC members are the people who own and run the business. They will be the individuals who withdraw profits from the business to pay themselves. Florida requires you to list the names and addresses of all managers or members when you register the LLC. You can register these addresses as street addresses or P.O. boxes.

5. File the Articles of Organization with the Florida Secretary of State

Once you've gathered all the information together for your LLC, you’ll need to file formal documents with the Florida Secretary of State. You can do this online, download a PDF, fill it out and mail it in or have Incfile do this on your behalf.

6. Put your Florida LLC Operating Agreement Together

Florida LLCs aren’t required to have an operating agreement, but they are extremely useful for several reasons. Your operating agreement covers how the business will be run, how managers and members are chosen, rights and duties of members and several other key areas. Here’s how to create your Operating Agreement. If you’re interested in having your Operating Agreement created for you, Incfile will draft a general Operating Agreement within most of our online business formation packages. It can also be selected as an add-on option in our Silver package. This Operating Agreement will be a basic template that you can make changes to anytime you see fit.

You can find lots more useful information on how to form an LLC here. It answers questions like:

  • Who can form an LLC?
  • Where should you form an LLC?
  • When should you form an LLC?
  • What are the ongoing responsibilities for an LLC?

Useful Resources for Starting Your Florida LLC

How to Form a Florida LLC without Breaking the Bank

Incfile provides a cost-effective service to help you create your LLC. We guide you through the process and handle most of the administrative steps, such as filing the articles of organization on your behalf. Our basic package also provides a free registered agent service for the first year. If you're looking for help to start an LLC, our comprehensive services provide outstanding value.

*Note that some types of businesses cannot be formed as LLCs in Florida so you will need to choose a different business structure if you are one of these types of businesses.

How to Name Your Florida Limited Liability Company (LLC)

You need the right name for your Florida LLC. Choosing the right name is vital because It tells your suppliers, customers and employees what your business does. Florida has several rules and regulations about what you can call your new business. Let’s explore what they are:

Florida Rules on What You Can Call Your LLC

  • The name needs to be unique and not used by another LLC or business operating in Florida
  • LLC names must use the English alphabet or regular numerals (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • The name of your Florida business must end with “Limited Liability Company,” “L.L.C.” or “LLC”
  • “Limited” and “Company” can be abbreviated to “Ltd.” and “Co.”

Rules on Not Confusing Your Florida Business Name With Another Business Name

  • The following terms can’t be used to say your business name is different to another business name:
    • Suffixes like Corporation, Company, Incorporated, Incorporation, Limited, Corp, Co, Inc, Ltd, LLC.
    • Definite articles like “A”, “And”, “An”, “&” “The” etc
    • The singular, plural or possessive forms of a word
    • Punctuation and symbols
    • Abbreviations of words
    • Different typefaces, fonts, superscript, subscript etc
  • It should not be possible to confuse the name of your business with the name of another Florida business.
  • For example, you can’t claim that Blue Widget Co., Blue Widget LLC, Blue Widget Incorporated, Blue-Widget-Company or Blue Widget are different to each other.

Other Words And Your Florida LLC Business Name

  • Certain restricted words need additional paperwork if you want to use them in your business name. This includes both names associated with institutions, e.g. bank, credit union, and words associated with certain qualified professions like doctors, engineers, attorneys or architects.
  • You cannot use certain prohibited words that would confuse the name of your LLC with a federal or state agency, e.g. IRS, EPA, Treasury etc.
  • You can also be a Florida LLC with a different “doing business as” name. In Florida these are known as “Fictitious Names” and need to be registered with the secretary of state. You can find full details on doing that here.

Infringing on Service Marks or Trademarks Inside or Outside Florida

In addition to the rules above, it’s also vital to see if your Florida LLC name might infringe on the trademark or service mark of another business. For example, it might not be a good idea to call yourself “Google Search Optimization Services,” since Google is a trademark.

The easiest way to see if your proposed business name infringes is to carry out a trademark search. You can do that via the United States Patent and Trademark Office. You should also bear in mind that your Florida business entity name cannot be substantially similar to an existing trademark or service mark.

How to Search for Your Florida Business Entity Name

Search the database of the Florida Secretary of State for your proposed business name to see if it's unique.

You can search for:

  • Entity Name
  • Officer/Registered Agent
  • Registered Agent Name
  • Trademark Name
  • Trademark Owner Name
  • FEI/EIN
  • Detail By Document Number
  • Zip Code
  • Street Address

What Should You Call Your Florida LLC?

Finding the perfect name for your Florida business can be difficult. You need a business name that:

  • Describes what your business does
  • Appeals to your planned audience
  • Makes your business easy to find
  • Is relatively unique
  • Doesn’t limit you to a particular location or type of product or service

Fortunately, we’ve got some good advice on seeking out the perfect business name for your Florida LLC. Check out our guidance here to get inspired.

You’ve Found the Perfect Name, What Next?

Once you’ve found the right name for your business, it’s time to make it a reality. Check out our guide to starting your Florida LLC and form your LLC today.

What City is Best for Your Florida LLC?

There are plenty of beautiful cities where you can form your LLC in the Sunshine State. Here’s a quick overview of the four largest cities, Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa.

Starting an LLC in Miami, FL

Near the southern tip of Florida, Miami features a diverse culture and population, together with many business opportunities. Miami is the second most populous city in Florida, and its metro area is the eighth largest in the US. Miami is a major center for business and international trade with the man industries being media, entertainment, commercial trade, imports / exports, finance, entertainment and the arts. Miami has been described as “America’s cleanest large city” due to its large green spaces, drinking water, environment and recycling. Miami is also a popular center for entertainment, media and other businesses supporting Spanish language speakers.

  • Area of Miami city: 55 square miles
  • Population: 5.5 million in the metropolitan, city and surrounding areas
  • Population density: 12,360 people per square mile
  • Cost of living: 11 percent higher than the national average with housing 30 percent higher
  • Time zone: Eastern time
  • Sales tax in Miami: 7 percent​

Starting an LLC in Orlando, FL

Although it's probably best known as the home of Walt Disney World and a number of other entertainment theme parks (It’s the “Theme Park Capital of the World”), Orlando is a center for many different types of business. Located in Central Florida, Orlando is the fourth largest city in the state and is home to the largest university campus in the US. Key industries in Florida include entertainment, tourism, technology, digital media, research, healthcare and golf. Florida accommodates over thirty universities, colleges and centers of higher education.

  • Area of Orlando city: 111 square miles
  • Population: 3.7 million in the city, metro and surrounding areas
  • Population density: 2,330 people per square mile
  • Cost of living: 6 percent lower than the national average, housing is 9% lower
  • Time zone: Eastern time
  • Sales tax in Orlando: 6.5 percent

Starting an LLC in Jacksonville, FL:

Located in the far northeast of the state, Jacksonville is the most populous city in Florida, the 12th largest in the US, and the largest city by area in the US. Jacksonville is the financial, commercial and cultural, center of North Florida and contains deep-water commercial, civilian and military ports. Many businesses in the banking, insurance, healthcare and logistics industries are headquartered in Jacksonville. The main industries in Jacksonville include insurance, biotech, distribution, consumer goods, financial services, information services, insurance and manufacturing.

  • Area of Jacksonville city: 875 square miles (Metropolitan)
  • Population: 1.5 million in the metropolitan, city and surrounding areas
  • Population density: 1,142 people per square mile
  • Cost of living: 4 percent lower than the national average, housing is 14% lower
  • Time zone: Eastern time
  • Sales tax in Jacksonville: 7 percent

Starting an LLC in Tampa, FL

Located on the west coast of Florida, Tampa and the Tampa Bay area is an important international center for shipping and trade. Tampa is the third most populous city in Florida and was ranked as the fifth-best outdoor city in the US. It’s also in the top 10 of the cities that people in the US want to live in. The main industries in Tampa include air and sea shipping, retail, healthcare, finance, tourism, insurance and real estate. Tampa is also home to several professional sports teams. There is also a significant military presence in Tampa, as it is home to the MacDill Air Force Base, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), United States Marine Forces Central Command (USMARCENT) and many other military outposts and installations.

  • Area of Tampa city: 171 square miles
  • Population: 2.8 million in the metropolitan, city and surrounding areas
  • Population density: 2,970 people per square mile
  • Cost of living: 9 percent lower than the national average, housing is 24 percent lower
  • Time zone: Eastern time.
  • Sales tax in Tampa: 7 percent.

Ready to Start your Florida LLC?

Incfile provides a cost-effective service to help you create your Florida LLC. We guide you through the process and handle most of the administrative steps, such as filing the articles of organization on your behalf. Our basic package also provides a free registered agent service for the first year. If you're looking for help to start an LLC, our comprehensive services provide outstanding value.  

Your Florida LLC and Registered Agents

Every Florida LLC must have a “Registered Agent.” A registered agent is a person or business you choose who can accept legal notices for your Limited Liability Company (LLC) on your behalf. A person you choose to be your registered agent must live in Florida, a business you choose as your registered agent must be able to conduct business in Florida.

Our registered agent service includes a dashboard where you can review documents received, automatic notification of correspondence and free forwarding of all documentation.

Incorporate through us to get your first year of registered agent services for free.

Florida Registered Agents: What Type of Legal Notices Might They Receive?

A Florida registered agent may receive, on behalf of your LLC:

  • Correspondence from the Florida Secretary of State
  • Service of process notices (e.g. if your LLC is sued or required to appear in court)
  • Official Florida state and federal government correspondence and notifications
  • Tax forms and requests to complete permits, company filings and reports

Note that the Florida Secretary of State does need the address of your registered agent and it needs to be a street address, not a P.O. Box.

A registered agent might also be known as a “Corporate Agent,” "Resident Agent," “Agent for Service of Process” or "Statutory Agent."

Acting As Your Own Florida LLC Registered Agent

If you permanently reside in the state of Florida, you can choose to be your own registered agent, however you may decide not to be, for several reasons:

  • It’s important to have someone available to receive important documents for your business. If you’re not always around, consider using a third-party service like Incfile.
  • The registered agent’s name and address is part of the public record and available through the Florida Secretary of State's website. If you would prefer your name and address isn’t published, you might choose a registered agent service.
  • If you change your business address, you don’t need to file additional documentation with the Florida Secretary of State for the new address of your registered agent.

Issues for Not Having a Registered Agent for Your Florida LLC

There can be significant issues if you fail to provide a registered agent, these include:

  • If your business is sued and you don’t know about it, you could lose to a default judgement in your absence.
  • Florida LLCs need to file certain documents with the secretary of state. If you don’t meet your deadlines you could face fines and penalties.
  • A registered agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your LLC may be dissolved.

Incfile Will Provide a Registered Agent for Florida on Behalf of Your LLC

Here at Incfile, we have an expert registered agent service. We provide the first year of this service completely for free if you choose to form your LLC with us. After the first year, it’s only $99 for subsequent years — a small price for your peace of mind. Here’s what our service provides:

  • An always available registered agent service that can receive correspondence, documents, and legal proceedings on your behalf
  • A digital dashboard where you can access, store, and retrieve any information we’ve received for your business
  • Email notification whenever we receive documents for your business
  • Automatic forwarding of all correspondence, documentation, and information directly to you

Florida LLC Form, Filing and Permit Requirements

If you want to form an LLC in Florida, there are certain forms, requirements and legalities you need to get in place. Below is a rundown of what you’ll need to do, together with details on each form required for your Florida LLC. Some of these forms you only need to submit once, while others must be filed on a regular basis. You will need to set reminders in your calendar to file forms regularly if you're filing yourself — if you file with a service such as Incfile, we can take care of form renewals for you.

Operating Agreement for Your Florida LLC

Although setting up a Florida LLC is very easy, managing one can be more complex. One way to make sure everyone is working to the same goals is by creating an operating agreement. Your operating agreement typically includes areas like:

  • Legal Standing: Declares the legal standing of your LLC, that it was formed in Florida and including dates, formation details and other important legal information.

  • LLC Ownership: States how ownership of the business is split between members. This influences how the business is run, voting rights and several other areas.
  • Ownership Percentages: Defines the amount each member has invested and the percentage of ownership of each Florida LLC member.
  • LLC Management Type: States whether your LLC will be managed by managers (people the owners appoint or its members (owners).
  • Management Relationships: Declares the relationship between the members and the managers of your Florida LLC including the roles, rights and responsibilities of each.
  • Voting Powers and Decision Authority: States how high-level decisions will be presented, discussed and acted on, including the voting rights of each LLC member.
  • LLC Rules: Defines the rules, procedures and policies to follow for adding, removing, amending and making other changes to members and managers. This includes moving ownership between members.
  • Profit and Loss Allocation: How profits or losses will be split and allocated between Florida LLC members.

You are not required by Florida state or federal law to have an operating agreement for your LLC, but we recommend one for several reasons. An operating agreement:

  • Strengthens your legal standing as an LLC and adds credibility for your organization
  • Clearly states how your business will operate, so there’s no confusion or ambiguity
  • Reduces misunderstandings and disagreements between LLC members, important for a harmonious business
  • Allows you to create your own rules for your LLC, rather than being subject to the default Florida state rules for an LLC
  • Reduces the need for every member of an LLC to approve and sign off on every decision

Your operating agreement only needs to be created once and will need to be updated if significant changes are needed. The good news is, Incfile provides an Operating Agreement with most packages and it can also be individually added to our basic Silver package. Our Operating Agreement provided will be a general template that covers the top 20 most common provisions for any new business. As your business evolves, you can make changes anytime as you see fit as this is an internal company document for LLC members and not filed with the state or IRS.

Business Licenses for Your Florida LLC

Depending on the type of Florida business you’re running, you will need to obtain various business licenses and permits.

A business permit or license from your city

Various cities in Florida have slightly different rules and fees for permits and licenses. Check with your local Florida city administration to see what their rules are. You will need a separate permit or license for each city your Florida LLC operates in.

Additional business permits and licenses

Depending on the type of business you are running, you may need to get additional permits and licenses from the city, county or state of Florida. You can get an idea of the types of permits and licenses you might need from the State of Florida website. The federal government may also require you to get certain licenses or permits, the SBA has a comprehensive list of Florida license permits.. The frequency of how often you need to file permits varies depending on the permit type.

If you’d rather have someone do the research for you, Incfile offers a Business License Research service for $99 additional fee to your online formation package of choice. With his add-on, a licensing specialist will determine all of the permits and licenses required for your specific industry and city-, state- or county-level jurisdictions.

Articles of Organization for Your Florida LLC

The Articles of Organization are the formal documents filed with the Florida Secretary of State to create your LLC. They are a “charter” and state certain information about your business. Once they are filed with the secretary of state, they legally create your business as an LLC in Florida. Here’s what’s typically included in the Articles of Organization:

  • Your business name and address
  • Details of your Florida registered agent
  • Names of any managers or members of the LLC at the time of filing

Here at Incfile we automatically create and file your Articles of Organization on your behalf when you form your business with us. There is a fee levied by the secretary of state of Florida to cover your filing.

You only need to file your articles once.

Fictitious Name Registration

If you are “doing business as (DBA)” under a different name to your LLC, you will need to file a “Fictitious Name Registration” with the Florida Secretary of State.

You only need to file your Fictitious Name Registration once.

Florida Tax Registration

You will need to file for various different types of tax registration including sales and use tax, re-employment tax and other types of tax. You can find full details on the Florida Department of Revenue website.

Annual Report for your Florida LLC

You must file an annual report with the Florida Secretary of State on an annual basis, by May 1 of each year. The cost to file an annual report is currently $138.75. If you do not file your annual report by May 1 each year you will be charged a late fee of $400 and your LLC may be dissolved.

As you can see, there are several forms and permits you need to conduct business, both initially and that you’re required to submit on an annual basis.

Ready to Start your Florida LLC?

  • Incfile provides a cost-effective service to help you create your Florida LLC. We guide you through the process and handle most of the administrative steps, such as filing the articles of organization on your behalf. Our basic package also provides a free registered agent service for the first year. If you're looking for help to start an LLC, our comprehensive services provide outstanding value.

Florida Taxes and Fees for Your LLC

Here’s a breakdown of the likely taxes and fees you’ll incur when you start and run an LLC in Florida:

Florida LLC Fees

  1. Florida LLC Formation and Filing Fee: A one-off fee of $125 when you first file your Articles of Organization.
  2. Florida State Annual Report Fee: A yearly fee of $138.75 when you file your annual report. This must be filed by May 15 every year.
  3. Florida Permits and Licenses: Various fees for renewing your licensing and permit fees on a regular basis. These depend on the type of business you are operating and where you are located. They do vary from city to city and industry to industry.

Florida LLC Taxes

  • Florida State Tax: Florida does not have a state tax so you will not have to file a Florida state income return or pay Florida state tax.
  • Florida Sales and Use Tax: Florida sales and use taxes vary between around 6 percent and 8 percent.
  • Other Taxes: You may need to pay other taxes and fees, depending on the type of business you run. Find information on those taxes here.

Federal Taxes

  • Self-Employment Tax: You will need to pay self-employment tax (also known as FICA, Social Security or Medicare tax) on your earnings. This is at a rate of 15.3 percent. You will be able to deduct your business expenses from your income when working out how much self-employment tax you owe. Note that if you are an LLC electing to be treated as an S Corp, you can reduce your self-employment tax.
  • Federal Income Tax: You will also need to pay regular federal income tax when you file your tax return every year. Note that you will be able to apply your standard deduction, personal exemption and business expenses to this tax.

Ready to Start your Florida LLC?

  • Incfile provides a cost-effective service to help you create your Florida LLC. We guide you through the process and handle most of the administrative steps, such as filing the articles of organization on your behalf. Our basic package also provides a free registered agent service for the first year.

Understand Your Ongoing LLC Filing Requirements

Each state requires different forms such as your business annual reports and state franchise tax reports to be filed at different times. It’s important to understand when each form needs to be filed and when you need to refile the form. Complying by the form filing requirements keeps your business in good standing with the state. Failure to file these reports can lead to the company being revoked or administrative business dissolution. Incfile includes lifetime company alerts with courtesy email reminders to inform clients of an upcoming filing requirement with all of our state filing packages.

Florida’s Mandatory, Ongoing File Requirements:

Annual Report

Frequency: Annually
Due Date: May 1st
Filing Fee: $139

Protect Your Business Name with a Trademark

A trademark is an essential asset for your business because it protects the brand name and identity that you worked so hard to create. When you secure a federal trademark for your business brand, it gives you exclusive rights to use your business name, logo or slogan once the trademark is approved. Federal Trademark Protection also prevents other businesses from using your brand name and brand identity. Incfile is happy to help with conducting a trademark name search on your business name. Our partnered attorneys will do the research to make sure the mark isn't already taken, ensure the filing is properly prepared and submitted to the government office, and provide sound legal advice throughout the entire process.

Benefits of Incfile's Trademark service include:

  • Legal counsel from an experienced trademark attorney
  • A thorough search of existing trademarks
  • A registered trademark with the USPTO
  • Handling all correspondence with the USPTO until the name is approved.

Finances & Accounting for Your Florida LLC

Once you form your LLC in Florida, there are important next steps to ensure your business finances and accounting are organized for tax season and peace of mind, and that your personal and business finances are kept separate to ensure safety of your personal assets. With the right accounting steps, your business will run smoothly and be set up for increased profits and success.

Choose a Bank for Your Florida LLC

The right business checking account for your business should have minimum fees, so that your money goes into the business or your own checking account instead of spending on hidden, tricky bank fees. According to NerdWallet — who looked at the 10 biggest banks in the U.S. and some additional online banks — these are the best four free business checking accounts for your LLC:

Create a chart like this:

Best Free Business Checking Accounts
U.S Bank Silver Business Allows 150 transactions a month for free. Has 3.000 bank branches in addition to online banking.
Capital One Spark Business Online banking with no monthly limit on transactions.
Well Fargo Business Choise Make 10 debit transactions a month and the $14 monthly free is waived. Offers a total of 200 free monthly transactions and no charge for the first $7.500 in cash deposits each month.
Bank of Internet Federal Bank Basic Business Online-only bank that offers 200 free transactions a month and unlimited fee reimbursement for ATMs in the US.

Separate Business & Personal Expenses

Once your form your LLC, it’s important to keep your business and personal assets separate to protect your personal assets from liability. It also makes tax season a whole lot easier when you have one clear account with all your business expenses, instead of all expenses mixed up within two accounts that need to be sorted. Once you choose a business checking account for your Florida LLC, make sure you receive a business checking card or apply for a business credit card that you can use for all business expenses. You can also use a tool like Expensify to track and tag business expenses from your mobile phone.

Set Up Accounting Software

Choosing the right accounting software will allow you to track your accounts receivable — the money that is flowing in and out of your business. Accounting software will allow you to track bills, invoices, expenses and customers. This is also another important step in simplifying your year-end tax burden. With a clear, separate business checking account and card and an organized accounting software system, you’ll (barely) dread tax season as a business owner.

Here are some favorite accounting software options for LLC business owners:

QuickBooks: This is a top option for a lot of business owners and starts out at only $10 a month. You can automatically important banking transactions, track your customers and vendors and related bills and expenses, and integrate with a lot of other online finance tools. If you hire an accountant or tax support, they will all likely support QuickBooks. You can even use an online version in addition to a desktop version of their software. The drawback is that the learning curve for QuickBooks can sometimes be a bit steep.

Xero: Xero is online accounting software that is a great option for those who find QuickBooks to be too complicated and difficult to understand. Their plans start out at $20 per month.

FreshBooks: Freshbooks is online accounting software that allows you to also track your time, expenses, collaborate on projects and view accounting reports. One drawback is that it doesn’t currently have a way to track invoices that your business needs to pay. But, accounts start out at $15 per month.

Bench: Bench not only allows you to track your accounts receivable, but they include the help of a real-life bookkeeper to run your accounting every month. For a Bench account starting out at $125 a month, this is quite the deal instead of hiring your own bookkeeper.

Determine How You’ll Accept Credit Cards

If you use QuickBooks or Freshbooks, you’ll be able to accept credit cards to pay for invoices. If you have a brick and mortar location for your small business, you want to look into offering payments through a service such as Shopify or Square .

Look Into Business Funding Options

In case your business runs out of cash flow, you want to have a backup option so your business doesn’t go under. You can raise capital from investors, ask friends or family for loans, get a business credit card, take an online business loan, or look into government financing using the SBA & BusinessUSA’s financing tools. Also, it’s important to remember that you can also bootstrap your business — which means, only using the funds you have in your bank account and not expanding until you get more business income.

Business Operations & Marketing for Your Florida LLC

Build a Business Website

Having a great online presence for your business is the number one way people will find you. You need to start with buying a domain name using a service such as NameCheap. Then you need to choose a service to host your website such as Sniper Monkey. Finally, design your website using a tool such as SquareSpace or WordPress. Make sure your website includes important business information such as how to contact you and business hours.

Choose a Virtual Phone System

Your business needs a phone number so that your customers, employees and and vendors can reach you. A great option is to look into a tool such as Grasshopper, which allows you to get a business phone that actually forwards to your cell phone, so you never miss an important call.

Design a Business Logo

A logo will reflect your business branding everywhere your customers interact with you — on your website, on your invoices, in your email signature, on business cards and more. Instead of trying to design a logo yourself, try a logo making service such as 99 Designs or buy some really high-quality pre-made logos you can customize on CreativeMarket.

Get Business Cards Created

Once you have a logo, create nice looking business cards that you can hand out when you’re out networking or even running errands. You never know when a conversation about your business will come up, and you want to be able to give someone a place to research your business and contact you. A great tool to create inexpensive business cards is Vistaprint.

Choose the Best Business Tools to Run Your Florida LLC

In addition to accounting software, there is a number of online business software options that will lift a number of menial tasks and burdens off your full business-owner plate. Below are important business functions for your LLC and what we think are the best business tools for your Florida LLC.

  • Project Management: Asana, Basecamp, Trello
  • Productivity: Todoist, Evernote
  • Collaboration: Google Docs, Dropbox, Box
  • Social Media Management: Hootsuite, Buffer, Sprout Social
  • Communication: Skype, Grasshopper, Slack, Yammer
  • Email Marketing: MailChimp, CampaignMonitor
  • Marketing Automation: HubSpot, Hatchbuck
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM): SalesForce, Insightly, Zoho
  • Customer Support: ZenDesk, GetSatisfaction, SurveyMonkey
  • Human Resources: Gusto, Back Ops
  • Legal: DocuSign
  • Ecommerce: Shopify, Recurly, Vendio, Square
  • Website Development: Sniper Monkey, SquareSpace, WordPress, Jira
  • Analytics: Google Analytics, SumAll
  • SEO: SemRush, KWFinder, AHREFS
  • Hiring: Bullhorn Reach, Plum, ZipRecruiter

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If you want to track your progress in getting your new business set up properly, we have a great virtual Start a Business Checklist that includes everything you need to do to launch your business. It even features downloadable PDFs you can access to download and print.

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What are the fees and requirements to form a business in Florida?

Filing Time and Price

The state charges this amount to file a new business entity. This fee goes directly to the Secretary of State.

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$125 7 Business Days 4 Business Days

Compliance Requirements

This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.

Annual Report

Frequency:Annually

Due Date:May 1st

Filing Fee:$139

Learn more about starting a business in Florida

Additional resources, guides, and articles for better decision making.

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The Basics To Get You Started

Prepare & File Articles Of Organization
FREE Registered Agent for !st Year
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EIN / Tax ID Number
Personalized Operating Agreement
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Contracts Library

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