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Hello, my husband and I are starting our own business. So

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Hello, my husband and I are starting our own business. So far we have decided that we want to be an LLC due to the protection it gives us as well as the 'ease' thats is claimed. We have applied for a name with the secretary of state, Victris LLC, and was granted that name. Now what? We are slightly stuck. I'm sure there are probably some articles of incorporation that we need, but do we file that with someone? What about business licensing? Who do we contact for such things? We also need a DBA, we are opening a retail store, so how do we apply for that? I know there are services that claim they will file all of this paperwork for you but they want several hundred dollars. We are on a very tight budget, so how can we do this ourselves?
Once you have filed for the LLC name, you now also need to obtain a Tax ID from the IRS for the LLC. Once you have obtained the Tax ID, then you also need to draft the Articles of Organization which should explain the purpose of the LLC and the members if known, the registered agent. See: http://smallbusiness.findlaw.com/business-structures/llc/forming-llc-articles-organization.html The articles of organization and the tax ID need to be filed with the Sec. of State to obtain your LLC and as part of that filing you would also request a "ficticious business name" or DBA for the name of your store from the Secretary of State. Normally, the only other permits you need to operate would be those issued by the City of Indianapolis which would be applied for at City Hall.

Once the Articles of Organization are filed, then you would also draft a membership agreement/bylaws (this does not get filed, but it governs how the membership will work, especially in event of divorce).


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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thank you very much for your response. I greatly appreciate it.

I see that you do not live in Indiana, but what kinds of things, in general what other permits am I likely to need to file for with the city?
What you are filing for with the City is your tax permits so you can have the privilege of paying taxes to the City as well as the State.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Gotcha. Thank you very much. These were not the steps I perceived needed done next, so I am very glad that I asked. I hope you have a great day!
There are computer programs available at the local stores that can assist you in drafting these documents.