You Incorporated Your Startup Company. Now What?

what to do after i form a companySo, you’ve made the decision to start a new business. Like so many other smart business owners, you’ve determined the best jurisdiction for your new company is the state of Delaware.

You did your research and decided which business entity is the best for your new company. The next question is: "Now what?"

At this point, there are probably tons of questions swirling around your mind. Let’s start with the basics.

Federal Tax Identification Number

Also known as the EIN, it is kind of like a Social Security Number for your business. It's generally used for paying taxes, opening a business bank account, setting up a payroll, applying for new accounts with vendors, lenders, insurance companies and business licenses. You should apply for an EIN as soon as possible after forming your company. You can apply directly through the IRS, or we can take care of this laborious detail for you.

LLC Operating Agreement

This is basically the constitution for an LLC. Your LLC Operating Agreement should typically be put in place before your company commences business, right after filing the Certificate of Formation, as it addresses ownership; dictates how members are added/removed; determines management and day-to-day operations; outlines the distribution of profits/losses as well as hiring procedures, growth plans, dispute/mediation tactics and more. 

A Delaware LLC Operating Agreement does not get filed with the state nor is it part of the public record. This enables members to make any updates or changes to an LLC internally, as the company grows and changes. The reputation and flexibility of Delaware LLCs is unrivaled and this is one of the main reasons why.

Corporation Compliance

If your new company is a corporation, you will have many things to think about and plan in order to stay in compliance, such as:

  • board meetings
  • bylaws
  • electing successors
  • appointing officers
  • keeping meeting minutes
  • issuing shares of stock to shareholders
  • recording shareholder information
  • paying dividends, quarterly taxes and Franchise Taxes
  • filing annual reports

Unlike a Delaware LLC, there's a lot more upkeep required in a corporate structure. Traditionally, bylaws will need to be adopted. The Board of Directors is elected and, in turn, appoints the officers, the president, the vice president, the corporate secretary and the treasurer.

Board meetings are normally held at regular intervals and meeting minutes must be recorded. Both quarterly and annual tax returns may need to be filed, along with annual reports and Delaware Franchise Tax.

steps to take after you incorporate

Marketing Plan

From determining and connecting to your target demographic to your SEO, PPC or advertising strategy, a marketing plan is an integral part of any company. Are you going to utilize social media? Are you going to handle content creation in-house or outsource it? Your chances of success hinge upon solid marketing, or lack thereof. You don’t want to overlook this detail.

Website/Domain Name

Are you planning on creating a website for your new company?  If so, it may be smart to check domain name availability concurrently when checking the company name in Delaware to keep things uniform.

DBA (Doing Business As)

Although DBAs are almost a thing of the past, the term still gets thrown around quite a bit. A "doing business as" is nothing more than a fictitious name or trade name. They are less common these days since most clients tend to form a company under the name they plan to use.

Business License

You may need a business license and/or permits in order to operate locally.  Business licenses are traditionally handled at the county level through the Division of Revenue. You can also check with your local SCORE office if you have questions about business licenses.

In conclusion, once you’ve determined to form a Delaware company, there’s still lots of formalities to take care of before you’ll be officially good to go, but you can count on us to guide you through the maze.

*Disclaimer*: Harvard Business Services, Inc. is neither a law firm nor an accounting firm and, even in cases where the author is an attorney, or a tax professional, nothing in this article constitutes legal or tax advice. This article provides general commentary on, and analysis of, the subject addressed. We strongly advise that you consult an attorney or tax professional to receive legal or tax guidance tailored to your specific circumstances. Any action taken or not taken based on this article is at your own risk. If an article cites or provides a link to third-party sources or websites, Harvard Business Services, Inc. is not responsible for and makes no representations regarding such source’s content or accuracy. Opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of Harvard Business Services, Inc.

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There are 4 comments left for You Incorporated Your Startup Company. Now What?

David jackson said: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

I have a limited company with you. It doesn't trade . Do I need an EIN?

HBS Staff replied: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Hello David,

Thank you for reading our blog. Every company in the U.S. needs a EIN. Think of it as the U.S. Social for the company. It allows you to open a U.S. bank account, hire U.S. employees and to conduct lawful business activities in the U.S.

Dominik said: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

This is very useful, thank you.

HBS Staff replied: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Our pleasure, Dominik!

Daniel Jameson said: Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Hi, Thanks for sharing a good information. It is very helpful to start a new business startup.

HBS Staff replied: Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Thanks for reading our blog! Best of luck to your startup!


I formed this LLC on 24th July 2017 through HBS. What are the other steps to proceed further?

HBS Staff replied: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Your other steps and options are listed in the blog:


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