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.
LLCs in Florida have many benefits...
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.
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...
There are more considerations, but this should help you with your decision to use a Registered Agent service.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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.
Due Date:May 1st
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