How to form a Texas LLC (even if you’re not a lawyer)

As an entrepreneur, at some point you’ll have to decide what kind of business you’re going to form. For me, the choice was simple. I’m essentially a sole proprietor, but I also wanted to be protected in case someone ever tried to sue me. So I filed for an LLC.

It can seem pretty daunting at first, but it’s actually not too hard. Here’s how I did it:

  1. Fill out this form (there are instructions at the top if you ever get confused).
  2. Print it off, and sign it
  3. Make a copy of your signed form
  4. Cut a check for $300 and make it payable to “Secretary of State”
  5. Mail both copies and your check to the following address:
    Secretary of State
    PO Box 13697
    Austin, TX 78711-3697

Note: This only applies if you’re filing a Texas LLC. For other states, you’ll have to Google around for the forms to fill out.

After a couple of weeks, you should get a congratulatory letter in the mail. Save it because there is some important info that you’ll use for getting an EIN (which I’ll cover in a future post).