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Is it time to form an LLC for your business? Get everything you need to file and maintain your California LLC without the headache.
We cover everything from state fees to EIN, to annual reporting. Save over $425 from competitors.
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Everything you need to get and maintain your California LLC for $29/mo

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We file your paperwork to form your LLC, 100% accuracy guaranteed.
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We cover state filing fees, which no other competitor offers.
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Annual compliance monitoring to keep your business in good standing and avoid penalties is included.
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We get you your EIN and act as your Registered Agent so you don’t have to worry about legal headaches.
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Separate your business and personal finances with a free Nearside business bank account.
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Protect your personal assets from your business activity.

Why our customers love to file with us

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Signing up for Nearside felt like a relief. The bank account has a great user interface and getting money in and out is a breeze!

– Emmett C., Arizona
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Once I contacted Nearside Sprout, it was an easy application process as well as quick! I still can't believe how easy it was to form an LLC. I appreciate the time placed to help me.

– Yolandria C., Florida
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A very smooth process. Definitely will recommend to anyone starting a business. Thank you!

– Gina G., Nevada
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Fast, easy, and cheap.

– Ernest W., Florida
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Very quick and easy and affordable.

– Clayton N., Florida

How it works

It’s never been cheaper or easier to start your dream business

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Step 1

Answer a few quick questions about your business

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Step 2

We’ll take care of the paperwork and you'll get your documents in 7 - 21 business days

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Step 3

We keep your LLC in good standing so you can focus on your business

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Affordable pricing for filing in California

Get everything you need to create and launch your LLC. Skip the paperwork and legal headache.

The Small Business Starter Pack $29/Month
Save $425 OVER Competitors
All the paperwork you need to get your LLC started
All legal documents filed for you
State fees covered, no hidden fees
Unlimited name availability checks
Registered agent service
Federal Tax ID (EIN)
Ongoing compliance monitoring and annual reporting
A free Nearside business bank account to handle your small business finances
Access to the Nearside Perks Program ($3000 Value)
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We cover state fees!
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Don’t forget, your
LLC filing is fully
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Save over $425 when you choose Nearside

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State fees and annual filing fees included
EIN covered
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Access to a free business bank account
Ongoing support and compliance
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Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to set up an LLC in California?

When you start your LLC with Nearside Sprout, you’ll pay $29/month for everything you need to launch your business. This includes your LLC preparation and filing, registered agent service, and EIN. Per California state law, you’ll also have to pay an $800 franchise tax within the 15th day of the 4 month (i.e. ~3.5 months) after your LLC is approved.

How fast can I form an LLC in California?

The process can vary depending on many factors (name availability, delays with the California Secretary of State, etc., but on average we can help you get up and running with your new LLC within 7-21 business days.

How does franchise tax for an LLC work in California?

California charges an annual franchise tax fee of $800 on every LLC. This is due by all California LLCs, regardless of business activity. This is a prepaid tax, so you pay for the current year. This tax is due every year, even if you are not conducting business, until you cancel your LLC.

You pay the $800 LLC franchise tax fee via Form 3522 (“The LLC Tax Voucher”). Ask one of our Nearside specialists for the form for easy access and payment.

You will have to pay the $800 annual franchise tax within the first 12 months you file your LLC. Your franchise tax will be due on the 15th day of the 4th month from the date you file your LLC with the Secretary of State. After that, your franchise tax will be due on April 15th every year.

The penalty for failing to pay the $800 tax by the deadline will result in late fees and the state of California may dissolve your LLC if it remains unpaid.

Nearside does not cover annual franchise tax. We do, however, cover your LLC filing California state fee of $75.

What are the benefits of starting an LLC in California?

Starting an LLC offers a number of benefits in any state, including California. Some of these benefits include:

  • Limited liability protection: As an LLC owner, you are protected from personal liability for any legal claims made against your company.
  • Tax flexibility: LLCs offer the flexibility to be taxed as a sole proprietorship, S Corporation or C Corporation, based on your preferences.

Flexible management structure: Unlike corporations, which are subject to strict management laws, LLCs can lay out their own management structure in the company’s operating agreement.

How can I file an LLC by myself in California?

If you choose to file your LLC by yourself, you will have to follow a number of steps, including:

  1. Choosing a business name: You will have to check whether your chosen business name has already been registered, using the California state government’s name search tool.
  2. Filing articles of organization: You can choose to file your articles of organization online or by mail; the filing fee is $75 in California.
  3. Choosing a registered agent: Most of the time, it does not make sense to act as your own registered agent. If that is the case for your business, you will need to find a registered agent service.
  4. Prepare an operating agreement: While an operating agreement is not required by the state of California, it is highly advisable. Your operating agreement lays out the financial and working structure of your business.
  5. File a biennial report: Every LLC in California must file a Statement of Information, Form LLC-12 within 90 days of filing articles of organization. After that, the report must be filed every two years. 
  6. Pay business taxes: All LLCs in California are subject to franchise tax, unless they have elected to be taxed as a corporation.
  7. Obtain necessary business licenses and permits: As an LLC owner you will also likely need an IRS Employer Identification Number (EIN). Also, depending on your particular business, certain licenses may be required.

Does an LLC need an EIN in California?

If your LLC has more than one owner, or member, you will need to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) even if you have no employees. If you have a single-member LLC, you will only need an EIN number if you hire employees. 

However, even if you are a single-member LLC owner with no employees, an EIN number is free and offers a number of advantages, including separating your Social Security Number (SSN) from your business for tax and banking purposes.

The most affordable way to start an LLC in California

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