So you’ve decided to form a corporation. Congratulations! This business structure will protect your personal assets and keep you separate from your business entity. But before you enjoy that peace of mind, you’ll need to take care of the actual process of incorporating. Here’s the process for forming your own corporation.
- Get a Name Check
Before you can incorporate, you need to ensure no one else in your state is using the same business name. You can do that by using our free Corporate Name Search tool.
Note: Include words like “Inc.” or “corp.” if you plan to add them to your name once incorporated when searching.
- Draft Your Articles of Incorporation
Most states refer to the formation document as the “Articles of Incorporation” or “Certificate of Incorporation.” The document contains information about your company, including:
- Company name
- Business purpose
- Registered agent (that might be you or a third party)
- Incorporator (that might be you or a third party)
- Number of authorized shares
- Share par value
- Preferred stock