How to Register an LLC for Digital Design


Limited liability companies are a type of business structure that provides limited liability to its owners. LLCs offer many of the same benefits as corporations but with more flexibility. An LLC can be set up as a single-member entity so that it does not need to hold annual meetings or file annual reports with the IRS (though if you want your business to qualify for special treatment under bankruptcy law, you should consider forming an LLC with multiple members). So why choose LLC over a corporation? There are several reasons:

Things You’ll Need

Before you register your business, you’ll need to choose the right legal structure. There are two main types of business structures: a limited liability company (LLC) and a corporation. A third option is a sole proprietorship.

The decision between an LLC and a corporation depends on several factors how much control over the company you want and whether or not it makes sense to limit personal liability for the owners of the company. For example, if you plan on starting an e-commerce store selling products that aren’t your own creation and don’t have any partners who will be contributing resources such as capital, consider forming an LLC since this type of business structure limits liability for its owners. On the other hand, if you are incorporating because one or more people are contributing money or property toward starting up your business venture while also receiving equity in return (e.g., investors), forming a corporation would likely be more beneficial given that shareholders’ personal assets cannot be held liable by creditors who come after them seeking compensation under bankruptcy laws.”

Choose a business name

The name of your business should be unique and not too long or short; this will make it easier for people to remember, especially if they hear about you on the radio or see advertisements. The name should also not include references to other businesses or products, which could confuse consumers into thinking they are purchasing something different from what they expect. Finally, keep in mind that your company’s name shouldn’t be offensive! In general, these are good rules for choosing a memorable and appropriate name for any type of small business:

Register your LLC or corporation with the Secretary of State

The first step in registering your LLC or corporation is acquiring a name that identifies the type of business entity (LLC or Corporation). You can do this online through [state website]. The second step is choosing which type of entity best suits the needs and goals of your company; an LLC may be better suited for smaller businesses while a Corporation would work well for larger ones.

Once chosen, there are two ways to register: by mail or online via [state website]. If mailing in registration forms make sure they are received within three days after submitting them via mail; otherwise you must also file them electronically before midnight on that same day or wait until another day when mail service resumes again.

Check the availability of your Trademark

The Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) allows you to search for trademarks that are currently registered with the USPTO. You can search by filing date, application number, serial number, trademark owner name or mark (the word/phrase being registered), attorney of record, and class.

You can also request that TESS search your proposed mark against existing ones in its database before submitting a TM application or an affidavit of continued use under Section 8:

  • Search by class: A search may be conducted based on the goods or services associated with each mark. For example, if you want to register the phrase “Digital Design” as part of your business name and plan to offer services such as graphic design, web design, and logo design but no other types of digital products like e-books or apps then please select Class 16 which includes computer software; databases; electronic publications; entertainment programs delivered via telecommunications networks; multimedia presentations featuring music video clips from motion pictures; electronic games programs delivered via telecommunications networks; pre-recorded CDs containing music videos from motion pictures

Register your Trademark

You can also register your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The USPTO provides a free service for registering trademarks, but it is recommended that you hire an attorney to help you through the process.

Registering your trademark will protect it nationwide, but if you wish to register it in only one state or country, consider doing so at that level as well.

Get an employer identification number (EIN) from the IRS

If you are starting a new business, forming a partnership, or if you are incorporating without shareholders (such as a corporation), then you will need an employer identification number (EIN) from the IRS. An EIN is a tax ID number that the IRS gives to all businesses in the United States. You can get one online by completing Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number. Once you have your EIN, keep it in a safe place as it is used for other things besides taxes:

  • Open bank accounts
  • File taxes
  • Apply for business licenses
  • Apply for contracts with the government


A limited liability company (LLC) is not a corporation but is instead a hybrid business entity that combines the characteristics of both a corporation and a partnership or sole proprietorship.


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