The ABC’s of LLC’s
5 Easy Steps to Registering Your Business
Before you can obtain a hard money loan for funding your residential fix and flip, fix and lease, and buy to lease projects, you must be a registered business. Taking care of this important step will save you time during the underwriting process. Here are five easy steps to help you get going.
The first thing is to select the state in which you’ll be doing the majority of your business in. Keep in mind this is a general overview, the exact requirements vary from state to state. If you plan operating in multiple states you may apply for a foreign entity in the other state(s). Two important numbers to have on hand will be your Secretary of State’s office, and your CPA, who can help you determine which is in your best interest, establishing an LLC or, a Corporation.
Once you have determined what type of business to establish, you’ll want to name it. The name must be available for use (not in use by another entity) and must comply with your specific state’s rules. In addition, if you name your LLC or corporation one thing, and do business publicly as another, you will need to file for a DBA statement. DBA stands for “Doing Business As.”
If you chose to become an LLC, you’ll file “Articles of Organization.” This is a fairly simple process which can be completed in a few short steps and is done through the Secretary of your state. If you choose to establish a corporation, we refer to the document in this step as, Articles of Corporation. Articles of Corporation also contain Corporation By Laws.
LLC’s will prepare an Operating Agreement. This agreement outlines the financial agreements and rights of the individuals who are to be involved in the business. If there are multiple individuals involved the Operating Agreement should reflect ownership percentage. All members listed on the Operating Agreement will need to also be listed on the loan application.
The last step is to obtain an EIN (Employer Identification Number) or, a Federal Tax Identification Number. This step is necessary if you plan to have employees.
It is in your best interest to keep your entity in good standing by filing yearly reports. Also, as mentioned, it’s important to have your business registered before you apply for your loan. This way, you can start looking for the perfect investment opportunities and Lend Some Money can get you approved for funding in as little as 24-hours.