The fastest & easiest way to start an LLC

Start your dream business without any hassles and complicated paperwork - just one easy form and we'll handle the rest.
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Everything you need to get and maintain your 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


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

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

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, skip the stress

Get everything you need to create and launch your LLC. Skip the paperwork and legal headache. Pricing plans may differ in states outside of Florida and California.*

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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When it comes to starting your LLC, Nearside is a no-brainer.

Document preparation and filing
$29/mo pricing with no hidden fees
State fees and annual filing fees included
EIN covered
Registered agent covered
Access to a free business bank account
Ongoing support and compliance
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Document preparation and filing
State fees and annual filing fees included
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Access to a free business bank account
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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 30 to 40 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.

The most affordable way to start an LLC

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*Pricing plans may differ in states other than California and Florida