Simple Steps to Start Your Missouri LLC
The pioneering state of Missouri is a great place for you to launch your new business. You would be in excellent company too, as the Oregon, Santa Fe and California Trails all started in Missouri, as well as the famed Pony Express.
Today, Missouri is known for its blending of Midwestern and Southern cultures and music, with luminaries like Walt Disney, Mark Twain and Harry Truman hailing from there. Missouri’s economy is boosted by several major industries including agriculture, manufacturing, transportation, financial services, retail and tourism.
If you want to start your own business in Missouri, one of the best ways to do so is by forming an LLC.
Missouri Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are a business entity designed for startups and small- and medium-sized businesses. Forming an LLC is fast, easy and inexpensive. LLCs offer many of the protections and advantages of large corporations without all the rules, regulations and compliance issues common to larger business entities.
In Missouri you also have the option to set up a “Series LLC” — these are specialized LLCs designed to allow you to manage multiple separate LLCs under one master umbrella LLC. Learn more about Series LLCs and whether they might be right for you
Let’s start by looking at the advantages of forming a Missouri LLC.
Advantages of Forming an LLC in Missouri
Advantages of Forming an LLC in Missouri
Missouri LLCs have several benefits for business owners.
- The preparation to start a Missouri LLC is quick and easy: You can complete all the necessary forms and actions online to start your company. You can gather and prepare the information to start your business in an hour or two.
- An LLC limits your personal liability: Any liabilities created by your Missouri business (debts, obligations and other liabilities) are legally considered to be completely separate from your personal assets as the business owner or founder.
- Missouri LLCs are easy to maintain: LLCs are light on rules and regulations. There’s no need for boards of directors, complex rules and regulations or formal annual meetings.
- LLCs are very easy to manage: General administration is fast and easy. Add and amend members and make other changes with just a little paperwork.
- Taxes are simple: Any income you earn through your Missouri LLC is reported on your personal tax return. This means you won’t run into “double taxation” issues common with larger corporations.
- It’s easy to form your LLC: Once you have the information, you can then file through us. Once your paperwork is filed, you can see how long it typically takes to officially form your LLC in any state.
- Forming an LLC in Missouri is quick: The time between filing and forming your LLC in Missouri is typically five days (one day with expedited filing). The current cost of forming your LLC is $50.
Start your Missouri LLC in Six Steps
STEP 1: Name Your Missouri LLC
- You will need a distinctive, original name for your Missouri LLC that’s not used by another business in Missouri.
- To find out if another company is using your choice of business name, carry out a Missouri business entity name search.
- The name should be unique and not able to be confused with the name of another Missouri 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: Missouri Limestone Mining LLC” or “Young and Sons, Limited Liability Company”
STEP 2: Provide the Address for Your New Missouri LLC
A Missouri 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 Missouri. It cannot be a P.O. Box.
STEP 3: Assign a Registered Agent for Your Missouri LLC
Every Missouri LLC must have a “registered agent.” That could be you, the managing director, owner or a dedicated registered agent service. The registered agent in Missouri is someone who receives official legal and tax correspondence and has responsibility for filing reports with the Missouri Secretary of State.
At Incfile, all of our packages include a Registered Agent service which is free for the first year and just $119 per year thereafter. We also have a dashboard where you can log in 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 your 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 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday). Therefore, a person must always be available to sign for legal correspondence.
- The registered agent’s name and address are part of the public record and available through the Missouri Secretary of State's website. If you would prefer your name and address are not published, this is a good reason to choose a registered agent service.
- If you change your Missouri 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.
STEP 4: You Should Provide Names and Addresses of all Missouri LLC Organizers
Your Missouri LLC organizers are the people who are creating the business. Missouri requires you to list the names and addresses of all organizers when you register the Missouri LLC. You can register these addresses as street addresses or P.O. Boxes.
STEP 5: You Need to File Articles of Organization with the Missouri Secretary of State
Once you've gathered all the information together for your LLC, you’ll need to file a formal document with the Missouri Secretary of State to create your LLC. This document is known as your Articles of Organization, and filing it starts the process of creating your Missouri LLC. You can do this online, mail in a form or have Incfile do it on your behalf.
STEP 6: You Can Create a Missouri LLC Operating Agreement
Missouri 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, the rights and duties of members and several other key areas. Learn how to create your Operating Agreement here.
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?
Starting Your Missouri LLC: Useful Resources
Form a Missouri 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 on your behalf, such as filing the Articles of Organization. Our basic package also provides free Registered Agent service for the first year. If you're looking for help starting an LLC, our comprehensive services provide outstanding value.