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It’s not just about branding: Without a distinct name, your business does not exist in the eyes of the Kansas state government. Accordingly, you’ll need to decide what to call your business before you proceed with forming your LLC.
To some, this step may seem simple: Perhaps you have a name in mind already or want to use your own name in the title of your business. However, you’ll need to keep two official requirements in mind when picking a company moniker.
Once you have a name selected, it’s wise to reserve it. That way, no one can grab it before you can form your business. To do this, you’ll need to complete a “Temporary Reservation of Business Entity Name” form, which will save your chosen name for 120 days. Within that window, you’ll have ample time to finish forming your LLC.
To save time, you can file the form online for a fee of $30. You can also mail it to the Kansas secretary of state, but this approach is slower and costs $35.
Something else to think about when it comes to your LLC name is whether you want to use a DBA. A DBA or “Doing Business As” is another name to call your business. Because there is no state-level procedure on how to file a DBA, you’ll want to check with your local government on how to register your DBA.
Note this is around the same time you’ll want to think about trademarks. Visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office website to see whether your business name or logo is trademarked, and then register your trademark with the Secretary of State if it is available.
Kansas law does not require new LLCs to have Operating Agreements before being formed. However, it’s highly advisable to create one anyway, whether you’re operating alone or with other partners.
Operating Agreements clearly define the terms of ownership and management, providing additional protection and options for everyone involved. Without an Operating Agreement, you’ll be subject to Kansas’ default rules for LLCs, which may not fairly reflect your business.
Here are just a few of the benefits an Operating Agreement offers to business owners:
Fortunately, the right partner can help you create an Operating Agreement at a surprisingly affordable cost, using existing templates to expedite the process. In terms of peace of mind alone, it’s a prudent investment.
That’s where ZenBusiness can make a big difference, providing practical support and an ongoing partnership. Our business formation services start as low as $49 per year. For that price, we’ll complete and submit your business filing paperwork, serve as your registered agent, and create an Operating Agreement for your new LLC. Our more comprehensive plans also handle other headaches, such as getting an EIN and complying with state regulations. In terms of saving you stress, we offer several major benefits — all at an unbelievable price.
There’s a reason that so many entrepreneurs start LLCs: This business structure affords plenty of protection without a ton of complex requirements. Compared to corporations, LLCs can operate far more flexibly and avoid certain kinds of taxation.
Kansas is no exception: An LLC is a great choice for small business owners across the state. The benefits of forming a Kansas LLC include:
For an in-depth explanation of the benefits of the LLC business structure, check out our comprehensive article on the subject.
We hope you’ve found this guide helpful, empowering you to successfully form an LLC in Kansas. Of course, you don’t need to handle all these steps yourself: ZenBusiness will be happy to take care of the entire process for you. Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help you start, run, and grow your business.
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