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Simple Steps to Start Your Texas LLC

The Lone Star state is a great place to start a business. A combination of natural resources, lots of land area and culturally diverse cities makes Texas a center of opportunity. If you want to start your own business in Texas, the easiest way to do that is by forming an LLC.

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are specially designed for small and medium sized businesses — they’re easy and inexpensive to create in Texas. A Texas LLC gives you many of the benefits and protections of larger corporations but without all the hassle, regulations and rules common to big business.

In Texas 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. Here’s some more detail on Series LLCs <link> and whether they might be right for you.

Advantages of Forming an LLC in Texas

Texas LLCs have several benefits for business owners...

  • You can set up a Texas LLC relatively quickly — complete all the paperwork online and start your company right now.

  • Limit any personal liability — any liabilities created by your Texas business (debts, obligations and other liabilities) are legally considered to be completely separate from your personal assets.

  • It’s easy to run a Texas LLC — LLCs are light on rules. You don’t need annual meetings, boards of directors or complex regulations. Texas LLCs are also simple to manage and you can a make changes with little paperwork.

  • Tracking, filing and paying taxes is easy — any profit or loss your Texas LLC creates is reported on your personal tax returns. You won’t need to deal with the “double taxation” problems that larger companies have.

Start your Texas LLC in Six Steps

1. Name Your Texas LLC

  • Your Texas LLC needs an original, unique name. It should:

    • Be distinctive and not used by another company in Texas.

    • Not be confusable with the name of another company in Texas.

    • End with the words “Limited Liability Company” or the abbreviations “LLC.” “Limited” and “Company” can be abbreviated to “Ltd.” and “Co.”

    • For example: “Texas Natural Resources Survey Reports LLC” or “Houston Without a Problem, Limited Liability Company”

  • Learn how to search for other company names, including words you aren’t allowed to use in your company name here.

2. Your Texas LLC Needs a Street Address

A Texas 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 Texas. It cannot be a P.O. Box.

3. Assign a Registered Agent for Your Texas LLC

Every Texas LLC must have a "registered agent". That could be you, the managing director, owner or a dedicated registered agent service. The registered agent in Texas is someone who receives official legal and tax correspondence and has responsibility for filing reports with the Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas 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. You Should Provide Names and Addresses of all Texas LLC Members

Your Texas LLC members are the people who run and own the business. LLC members typically take profits from the business to pay themselves. Texas requires you to list the names and addresses of all managers or members when you register your Texas LLC. If you are the sole owner of your LLC, then you are the only member.

5. You Need to File a Certificate of Formation with the Texas Secretary of State

Filing a Certificate of Formation creates your Texas LLC. Here at Incfile we can file your Certificate of Formation on your behalf with the Secretary of State for Texas and create your LLC.

6. You Can Create a Texas LLC Operating Agreement

Texas LLCs aren’t required to have an operating agreement, but they are extremely useful for several good 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.

We also have a lot more information on how to form an LLC. It answers questions like:

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

Starting Your Texas LLC: Useful Resources

Form a Texas LLC without Breaking the Bank

Incfile provides a cost-effective service to help you create your Texas 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.

Naming your Texas Limited Liability Company

Picking the perfect name for a Texas LLC sets you apart in the minds of your customers, partners, suppliers and employees. Texas does have strict rules and regulations about what you can call your new LLC. Let’s explore what they are.

General Texas Secretary of State Rules on Naming Your LLC

  • The name needs to be unique and not used by another LLC or business operating in Texas
  • Texas LLC names must use the English alphabet or regular numerals (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • Texas LLC names can include ! " $ percent ' ( ) * ? # = @ [ ] / + & and -.
  • The name of your Texas business must end with “Limited Liability Company,” “L.L.C.” or “LLC”
  • “Limited” and “Company” can be abbreviated to “Ltd.” and “Co.”

Don't Confuse Your Texas Business Name With Another Business Name

  • It should not be possible to confuse the name of your business with the name of another Texas business
  • When deciding if names are substantially similar, you cannot claim a different type face, font, accents, subscript / superscript characters, punctuation or words like “the,” “and,” “of” etc. to claim your business name is different
  • The following words can’t be used to say your business name is different to another business name: Corporation, Company, Incorporated, Incorporation, Limited, Corp, Co, Inc, Ltd, PC, Professional Corporation, Limited Partnership, LP, L.P., Limited Liability Limited Partnership, LLLP or L.L.L.P.
  • 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

Rules on Words You Can’t Use in Your Business Name

  • The Texas LLC name can’t suggest affiliation with any federal or state government entity or agency.
  • The Texas LLC name may not imply a purpose that it would be unlawful for the business to conduct.
  • There are special rules around using the word “Insurance” in a Texas LLC name.
  • You cannot use the following words as qualifiers in the overall Texas LLC business name — "companies," "corporations," "incorporation," "unlimited," “limited partnerships."
  • Although these are the main rules about naming your business in Texas, there are plenty more.

Texas Information on Naming an LLC

  • You can reserve a name online through SOS Direct. Please note that you do not need to reserve a name if you are forming an LLC. By registering a LLC, the name will automatically be reserved for your business. You would normally only reserve a name if you are not planning on forming a new company anytime soon.
  • A name can be used to form any type of business entity, not just an LLC.
  • Just filing a name registration doesn’t guarantee you will be granted the name. You should wait until your LLC is formally formed before using the name for anything else.
  • According to the Texas Secretary of State website, “It is up to each business entity to protect its name and goodwill.”
  • Texas has fairly sophisticated rules on using “assumed names” — check the Texas Secretary of State website for more information.

You can find complete information on naming your LLC on the Texas Secretary of State website.

Rules on Infringing on Service Marks or Trademarks Inside or Outside Texas

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

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 business entity name cannot be substantially similar to an existing trademark or service mark.

What Should You Call Your Texas LLC?

Finding the perfect name can be tough. You want a business name that:

  • Describes what your Texas 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 Texas LLC. Check out our guidance on naming your LLC and get inspired.

You’ve Found the Perfect Business 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 Texas LLC and start your LLC today.

Best Cities in Texas to Form Your LLC

Texas is home to some beautiful, cosmopolitan cities. Here are four of the best to consider when it comes to forming your Texas LLC.

Starting an LLC in Houston, TX

The largest city in Texas, Houston has a lot going for it. It’s a major American metropolis and the fourth largest city in the U.S.

  • Area of city: 667 sq mi
  • Population: 2.3 million
  • Population density: 3,662 people / sq mi
  • Cost of living: 2 percent below national average; housing is 3 percent more expensive
  • Time zone: CST
  • Sales tax: 8.25 percent

Major Industries in Houston, TX

Houston is primarily an industrial city with strong ties to the manufacturing, aeronautics, energy and transportation areas. It also has a large number of healthcare businesses and headquarters of many fortune 500 companies. Houston is a vital international port and benefits from strong entertainment, culture, sports, fashion, technology and media sectors.

Starting an LLC in San Antonio, TX

San Antonio is a rapidly growing city, being the fastest expanding in the U.S. between 2000 and 2010. It’s the seventh most populated city in the country and the second largest in Texas.

  • Area of city: 465 sq mi
  • Population: 1.5 million
  • Population density: 3,000 people / sq mi
  • Cost of living: 14 percent below national average; housing is 25 percent cheaper
  • Time zone: CST
  • Sales tax: 8.25 percent

Major Industries in San Antonio, TX

The U.S. armed forces have several facilities in San Antonio and the local economy is focused on health care, civil service, the military, natural resources, fossil fuels, tourism and financial services.

Starting an LLC in Dallas, TX

Dallas is the ninth largest city in the U.S. and the third largest in Texas and has seen massive job growth and employment opportunities over recent years.

  • Area of city: 386 sq mi
  • Population: 1.3 million
  • Population density: 3,645 people / sq mi
  • Cost of living: 1 percent below national average; housing is 14 percent cheaper
  • Time zone: CST
  • Sales tax: 6.25 percent

Major Industries in Dallas, TX

Dallas has strong commerce, energy, fossil fuel, banking, technology, logistics, healthcare and research sectors.

Starting an LLC in Austin, TX

As the capital of Texas, Austin is a rapidly growing cultural center. It’s the 11th largest city in the U.S. and the fourth largest in Texas.

  • Area of city: 272 sq mi
  • Population: 950,000
  • Population density: 3,358 people / sq mi
  • Cost of living: 4 percent below national average; housing is 6 percent cheaper
  • Time zone: CST
  • Sales tax: 8.25 percent

Major Industries in Austin, TX

Austin is a major center for technology and business. It hosts a number of corporate headquarters and regional offices for major businesses including 3M, Dell Cisco, eBay, IBM, Intel, Oracle and many more. Austin is also home to nearly 100 pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

Ready to Start your Texas LLC?

Incfile provides a cost-effective service to help you create your Texas 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.

Registered Agents and Your Texas LLC

Your Texas LLC needs to have a “Registered Agent.” They’re chosen by you and can accept legal notices and other correspondence for your Texas Limited Liability Company (LLC) on your behalf.

There are a couple of rules on choosing registered agents:

  • If you choose a person, they must reside in Texas
  • If you choose a business, they must be able to conduct business in Texas

At Incfile we provide a comprehensive registered agent service that’s free for the first year if you incorporate through us.

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..

Texas Registered Agents and What They Might Deal With

Your Texas registered agent may receive, on behalf of your LLC:

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

If your business doesn’t have a street address in Texas, you still need an agent to accept important documents. The name and address of your registered agent should be provided to the Texas Secretary of State.

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 Registered Agent for Your Texas LLC

If you live in Texas, you might choose to be the registered agent for your LLC. Be aware that there may be some drawbacks to this:

  • You always need to have someone on hand to receive important documents for your business. If you can’t always be available, 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 Texas 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 Texas 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.

If You Don’t Have a Registered Agent for Your Texas LLC

Failing to have a registered agent in Texas can cause your business issues. These include:

  • Getting served or sued and not finding out about it — if your business is sued and you don’t know about it, you could lose to a default judgement in your absence.
  • Failing to meet filing deadlines — Texas LLCs need to file certain documents with the secretary of state. If you are not able to do this you could face fines and penalties.
  • Losing your status as a Texas LLC — A registered agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your Texas LLC may be dissolved.

Incfile Will Provide a Registered Agent for Texas 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

Texas LLC Form, Filing and Permit Requirements

When you incorporate an LLC in Texas, you need to get certain forms, filings and permits in place. These include:

  • A Certificate of Formation
  • Business permits and licenses
  • Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • An Operating Agreement for your Texas LLC

We’ll explain what each of these are and how you file them.

A Texas Certificate of Formation

The Certificate of Formation is the formal document filed with the Texas Secretary of State to create your LLC. It states certain information about your business. Once a certificate is filed with the secretary of state, it legally creates your business as an LLC in Texas. Here’s what’s typically included:

  • Your business name and address
  • Details of your 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 Certificate of Formation on your behalf when you start your business with us. As part of our service, we will review the information, prepare your incorporation documents, and send them to the state for formation. You only need to file your certificate once.

Business Permits and Licenses for Your Texas LLC

Depending on the type of business you’re running, you may need to obtain various business permits or licenses. These are not required to form your LLC, but it’s important to know which permits and licenses are required for your business to operate in compliance for your business jurisdiction.

A Business Permit or License from Your City

Various cities in Texas have slightly different rules and fees for permits and licenses. Check with your local city administration to see what their rules are. You may need a separate permit or license for each city your Texas 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 Texas. You can find more information here. 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.

(h2) Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

In some cases you will need to register with the Texas comptroller of public accounts. This is normally the case if you sell or lease tangible personal property in Texas or sell taxable services in Texas. The comptroller is responsible for collecting sales tax and you can set this up through their website.

(h2) Operating Agreement for Your Texas LLC

Although setting up a Texas 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: Stating the legal standing of your Texas LLC, declaring the LLC was formed in Texas and including dates, formation details and other important legal information.
  • Ownership: Declaring how ownership of the Texas LLC is split between its members. This can determine voting rights, how the business operates and several other factors.
  • Ownership Percentages: The amount each member has invested and the percentage of ownership of each Texas LLC member.
  • Management Type: Declares how your LLC is managed, whether that’s by members or managers you appoint.
  • Management Relationships: Describing the legal and professional relationships between the members and the managers of your Texas LLC.
  • Roles, Rights and Responsibilities: What each of your members is expected to do as an owner of your Texas LLC.
  • Decisions and Voting Powers: Explains how decisions will be presented, discussed and acted on, including the voting rights of each Texas LLC member
  • LLC Rules: Clarifies the policies, rules and procedures the Texas LLC will use for adding, removing, amending and making other changes to members and managers.
  • Profit and Loss Allocation: How profits and losses will be split and allocated between Texas LLC members

Neither federal nor Texas state law requires you to have an operating agreement for your LLC, but we recommend one for several reasons. An operating agreement:

  • Strengthens your legal standing as a Texas LLC
  • Removes confusion by clearly stating how your business will operate
  • Reduces misunderstandings and disagreements between Texas LLC members
  • 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 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.

Texas Annual Company Reports

Unlike most states you do not need to file an annual company report in Texas.

Franchise Tax Report for your Texas LLC

You will need to file a franchise tax report with the comptroller of public accounts. These are due by May 15 every year.

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 or biannual basis.

Ready to Start your Texas LLC?

Incfile provides a cost-effective service to help you create your Texas 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.

Taxes and Fees for Your Texas LLC

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

Texas LLC Fees

Texas LLC Formation and Filing Fee

When you first from your LLC in Texas you will need to pay a fee of $300 to file your Certificate of Formation.

Texas Permits and Licenses

You will need to pay licensing and permit fees on a regular basis depending on the type of business you are operating and where you are located. These do vary from city to city and industry to industry.

Texas Business Taxes

Texas State Franchise Tax

You will owe franchise tax if your business takes in revenue of more than $1,110,000. You can find a calculator here.

Texas State Income Tax

Unlike many states, Texas has no state income tax, so no state income tax will be due.

Texas State Sales Tax

If you’re selling products or services in Texas you may need to pay a state sales tax of between 6.25 percent to 8.25 percent.

Federal Business Taxes

Self-Employment Tax

Because your Texas LLC income flows through to your personal tax return, you must pay self-employment tax (also known as FICA, Social Security or Medicare tax) on your earnings. This is typically 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. You can see the federal tax brackets here. Note that you will be able to apply your standard deduction, personal exemption and business expenses to this tax.

Ready to Start your Texas LLC?

Incfile provides a cost-effective service to help you create your Texas 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

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.

Mandatory, Ongoing File Requirements for Texas:

Public Information & Franchise Tax Report

Frequency: Annually
Due Date: Both reports are due between January 1st and no later than May 15th.
Filing Fee: There is no charge for the Public Information Report the Franchise Tax Fee is based on the revenue of the LLC.

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 Texas LLC

Once you form your LLC in Texas, 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 Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas 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.

(h2) Choose the Best Business Tools to Run Your Texas 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 Texas 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

Get a “Start a Texas  Business Checklist” to Follow

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 Texas?

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
$300 1 Week 2 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.

Public Information & Franchise Tax Report

Frequency: Annually

Due Date: Both reports are due between January 1st and no later than May 15th.

Filing Fee:There is no charge for the Public Information Report the Franchise Tax Fee is based on the revenue of the LLC.

Learn more about starting a business in Texas

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The Basics To Get You Started

Prepare & File Articles Of Organization
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EIN / Tax ID Number
Personalized Operating Agreement
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Contracts Library

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