Start an LLC for your business in minutes

For as little as $39 a year, Nearside Sprout will form an LLC for your business so you skip all the complicated paperwork. Just fill out one easy form.
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What you get with
Nearside Sprout

Form an LLC with plans starting from just $39 a year.

Unlimited Name Availability Checks
Articles of Incorporation
Same-Day Document Preparation
Continual Business and Compliance Monitoring
Free Consultation with Nearside Business Specialist
Membership into Nearside Perks Program (A $3,000 value)
Enhanced Customer Support

* $39 does not include your state fees. Each state has different required fees for business entity formation and creation.

Take your business a step further with these add-ons

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Federal EIN Number

Skip the paperwork! We'll file for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) on your behalf with the IRS.

$39 flat
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Registered Agent Service

We'll maintain a registered agent so you don't need to use your personal address for your business.

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Website and Domain

Get a personalized domain, and website designed just for you!
(Here's an example!)

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Business E-mail

Get a custom e-mail to add credibility to your business.

$19 / year
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Annual Reports

Every year, we'll prepare and file the mandatory annual report for your business to the state. Leave it all to us!

$39 / year

Simple pricing

With Nearside, we never hide the price tag. Plans start at only $39 per year + your state fees.

Skip the paperwork, we do it all for you

Your personal Sprout LLC specialist will walk you through every step of the business incorporation and setup process! You just fill out a quick form, and we take it from there.

Powered by Nearside

Need a checking account? Upon successful incorporation, you’ll also get instantly approved for a Nearside business bank account. Get access to Nearside perks, our ecosystem of discounts and deals that help you build your business.

Fast application

With one simple form, we will run a business name search, file your Articles of Organization (LLC), and provide you with a certified copy of your LLC formation documents.

Why form an LLC for
your small business?

With an LLC, you’ll get many benefits to help quickly launch your business.

Simplify your business taxes
Get personal liability protection
Flexible ownership and management
Give your business more credibility
Appropriate for individuals and self-starters
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Frequently asked questions

What is an LLC?

A limited liability company (LLC) is a type of business entity that protects its owner(s) personal assets. This means that if a lawsuit is filed against the company, the owner(s) cannot be held personally responsible.

Like a sole proprietorship, an LLC offers pass-through taxation, meaning that the LLC does not pay taxes on its income. Instead, the business owner(s) pay taxes on their share of the company’s profits.

But unlike a sole proprietorship, an LLC can choose to be taxed like a corporation. Single-member LLCs and multi-member LLCs reserve the right to be taxed as an S Corporation, C Corporation, or a sole proprietorship.

How much does an LLC cost?

The main cost of forming an LLC is the state filing fee, which ranges from $40 to $500. Other costs include:

  • Business licenses and permits
  • Publication fees in Arizona, Nebraska and New York
  • Annual/biannual state fees to keep your LLC in compliance
  • Annual franchise tax (mandatory in certain states)
  • Optional LLC name reservation fees (mandatory in Alabama)
  • Optional fictitious business name (also known as a DBA)

LLC formation services like Nearside Sprout eliminate the complicated paperwork so you can easily start your LLC. Our plans start at just $39 a year for a personalized experience walking you through the whole LLC creation process.

How do I start an LLC?

LLC filing requires several important steps, including picking a name for your business, selecting a registered agent, properly filing articles of organization with your state, and creating an LLC operating agreement, all while staying on top of local, state, and federal business requirements to remain in good standing.

What is the difference between a sole proprietorship and an LLC?

The main difference is personal liability protection. An LLC helps protect owners from being personally liable for business liabilities or debts. A sole proprietorship does not.

What is the difference between an LLC and a corporation?

The main difference between an LLC and a corporation is that an LLC is owned by one or more individuals. A corporation, on the other hand, is owned by its shareholders.

Like corporations, LLCs offer limited liability protection. However, LLCs are easier for new businesses to establish because they can be set up by a single individual. Corporations generally must have a board of directors, officers and regular board meetings.

Can I form an LLC online for free?

Creating an LLC comes with some necessary start-up fees, including the state filing fee. You can view a full breakdown of LLC fees by state in our table here.

Is owning an LLC worth it?

As a business structure, LLCs offer a number of advantages over a sole proprietorship. Namely, they provide:

  • Limited liability protection: LLCs protect their owners from personal liability for any legal claims made against the company.
  • Tax flexibility: LLCs can elect to be taxed as a sole proprietorship, an S corporation, or a C corporation.
  • Management flexibility: Corporations have a strict, legally-regulated management structure. LLCs are also subject to management laws, however, many of these laws can be changed via the LLC’s operating agreement.

How long does it take to register an LLC?

After you file all of the necessary paperwork, the processing time varies based on your state. On average, it takes 14 to 21 days to be approved by the state to form your LLC.

Where can I find the LLC application form?

To form an LLC, you must file Articles of Organization with the secretary of state’s office in the state where you plan to do business.

First, however, you need to check whether your business name has already been registered. You may also consider registering your business name as its own trademark.

After checking that your business name is free and filing Articles of Organization, there are a handful of other tasks to complete, including:

  • Designating a registered agent
  • Publishing a notification in the local newspaper about the company’s formation, per some states’ law
  • Creating and submitting an operating agreement

LLC formation services like Nearside Sprout will walk you through the entire process, so you avoid all the complicated paperwork.

Which business types give me personal liability protection?

Only LLCs and corporations. You don't get personal liability protection with sole proprietorships, DBA’s, or non-registered businesses.

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