Start your business with confidence

Whether you're ready to form or still deciding, we've got your back. Learn if an LLC is right for you—or enter your name to get started.
Starts at + filing fees.

Still thinking of a business name?
Start now and decide later.
These costs are often tax deductible.


Trustpilot TrustScore 4.5 out of 5
Two chefs prepping ingredients in the kitchen while smiling at one another.

We've helped entrepreneurs turn ideas into businesses 3.5M+ times.

Why start an LLC

Protect yourself

Ensure you're not on the hook for business liabilities.

Make things easier

LLCs have simpler record-keeping rules. Corporations are stricter.

Save on taxes

You get to decide how you're taxed—as an LLC or a corporation—for potential savings.

Frequently asked questions

  1. No, but you might want one. Forming an LLC helps protect your personal assets. It also unlocks the ability for you to open bank accounts, enter into contracts, hire employees, and get business licenses and permits.

  2. Both protect owners so they're not personally on the hook for business liabilities or debts. But, key differences include how they're owned (LLCs have one or more individual members, and corporations have shareholders) and maintained (corporations generally have more formal record-keeping and reporting requirements).

  3. You choose. Single-member LLCs can file as a sole proprietor. Multi-member LLCs can file as a partnership. Any LLC can file as a C or S corporation.

  4. Tell us what you'd like to call your business, and we'll see if that name is up for grabs. (You can do this at the end if you don't have a name picked out yet.) Answer a few more questions. Pick a price plan that fits your needs, and we'll complete and file your paperwork with the state.

  5. It depends. Our price plans start at (plus filing fees), and you can add more services as you go to suit your business. Something to keep in mind—these costs are often tax-deductible.

How to start your LLC

  1. Tell us your business name if you've picked one
  2. Answer a few questions
  3. We'll complete and file your paperwork

Want to check out example documents? See samples
How to start your LLC

Why choose us

3.5 million+


Helping entrepreneurs turn ideas into
businesses over 3.5 million times.

1 million+


Offering customers compliance and advisory legal solutions in over 1 million subscriptions.



Providing access to our independent
network of attorneys over 650,000 times.

Meet our customers



"LegalZoom was a game changer for us as we were starting our business over a decade ago! It was easy to use with an unintimidating, friendly platform, and solid customer service. And very importantly, the experience was quick, and the process was affordable."
Natasha Case, LLC customer
Aloha Brothers Surf Lessons

Aloha Brothers Surf Lessons

"Working with LegalZoom has been surprisingly seamless. I was able to create my LLC application in under an hour. I'm so stoked on the convenience and efficacy of LegalZoom's user experience from start to finish."
Nick Fowler, LLC customer
Majestic Bliss

Majestic Bliss

"LegalZoom has helped our business in many phases of its creation, from filing the DBA, obtaining a reseller's permit, and to the crowning point of helping us become an LLC."
Marcela Arrieta, LLC customer


Ask an attorney

Get the right guidance with an attorney by your side.

Get legal help

Attorney image

Call an agent at (855) 787-1221 (855) 787-1203

Mon-Fri: 5 a.m.-7 p.m. PT
Weekends: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. PT

User reviews

Ready to form your LLC?