Top 6 Steps to Starting a Delaware Company

Starting DE companyAre you ready to start your business? Many are unsure of how to start a company in Delaware, but our guide helps guide you through the process, whether you’re a first-time entrepreneur or a serial entrepreneur and have started multiple companies in other areas. Here are the Top 6 steps to Starting your Business in Delaware!

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Step 1: Naming Your Company

To formally create a company, you do not need to have a detailed business plan, but you do need to have a unique name for registering it in the State of Delaware. Have a name in mind? You can head over to our business name search tool to see if your name is available. The more unique the business name you want is, the more likely it will be available.

Step 2: Choosing an Entity Type

In Delaware, most people choose a Delaware LLC or a Delaware Corporation. If you’re a freelancer, consultant, plan to be a single owner, or hold an asset such as a yacht, an LLC is the most popular entity. Whereas if you’re planning on raising capital by selling equity to investors, many investors prefer to invest in a corporation. We have more information available on the difference between the types of entities in the Learning Center. This may help you make a decision whether you want to start a Corporation, LLC or other business entity type.

Step 3: Filing Your Company Documents with Delaware

Forming a company in the State of Delaware is easy. Even if you don’t plan to have a physical location in Delaware, you can still form your business here. Delaware is recognized as the most business-friendly state in the U.S. At Harvard Business Services, Inc. we will prepare and file your formation documents for you. You can review our domestic and international formation costs on our website. The State of Delaware will typically return completed formation documents within 2-3 business days after the company is filed through Harvard Business Services, Inc.

Step 4: Obtaining Your EIN

Just like a social security number, your business must have a unique Federal Tax ID number known as an EIN…or an Employer Identification Number. These are necessary to operate as a corporation and for businesses that retain employees. You can obtain an EIN from the IRS directly or add it on to your incorporation package with us, and we will take care of the paperwork for you.

Step 5: Apply for Certificate of Authority & Business Licenses

Now that you’re incorporated in Delaware, generally the next step is to file to do business where you live. If you don’t live in Delaware, you will need to apply for a “Foreign Qualification” or a Certificate of Authority in the state you intend to do business. A Certificate of Authority can allow a business to operate as a Delaware entity in another state. If you need help with foreign qualifications, we have you covered. Live chat with our sales team to help get the process started. 

Step 6: Opening a Business Bank Account

A business bank account may be required to obtain a loan or a line of credit. It also helps create protection from your personal assets in the event of a lawsuit against your business. Be sure to gather all the necessary documents for your business in order to form a business bank account. Click here to get some tips for opening a business bank account.

Now is the time to become your own boss. Form your company online, give us a call at 1-800-345-2677, or live chat with a sales expert to get your business up and running today!

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