Starting a business in Wisconsin can and should be easier than you think. You file simple forms with the secretary of state, and your business is formed! Obviously there’s a few more things than that, but if you’d like to start your own business yourself, you will find it easy to hire us as your registered agent and you’ll find all the forms you could file to start a business in Wisconsin, along with great filing instructions on the quickest and cheapest ways to start your business in Wisconsin.
What’s the actual process to start a business in Wisconsin?
- You file articles of incorporation for a Wisconsin corporation or articles of organization for a Wisconsin LLC with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions.
- You obtain a federal tax ID number (FEIN or EIN) with the IRS after you have confirmation and filed articles from the State of Wisconsin showing your approved Wisconsin business.
- Opening a business banking account under your new Wisconsin business name should be easy with these two items.
- If you’re going to have employees or need to withhold sales tax, you will probably need to register with the AR department of revenue. We provide all these links in your online account.
- If your business trade requires a license, you’ll have to apply for a license with the Wisconsin licensing board. (Most businesses don’t.) But if you do, these quick links and contact details are in your online account.
- Some local cities or counties have a general license, but most don’t.
- You obtain a local trade license if the city or county you’re going to be working in requires it.
- If you’re going to have an office or shop you might need an approval from the city zoning for your type of business in that location.
- If you get overwhelmed, just get your business pulling in money and worry about regulations later.
If you want a corporation, you file Wisconsin Articles of Incorporation:
The Wisconsin articles of incorporation cost $100 with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions.
We custom draft your Wisconsin articles of incorporation when you hire Northwest to start your Wisconsin business. The basic requirements of Wisconsin corporations are:
- The Wisconsin corporation must have a corporate ending such as incorporated, corporation or an abbreviation thereof.
- The number of shares the Wisconsin corporation is authorized to issue.
- The name and address of the Wisconsin incorporator(s).
- The Wisconsin incorporator must sign the articles of incorporation.
- The name of the person who drafted (completed) the articles of incorporation.
- The name, email, phone number and address of the contact person for the WI articles of incorporation.
- The name of the registered agent in Wisconsin and the registered office address.
Wisconsin does not require original signatures on new incorporation filings. They will mail file stamped copy back to you.
If you want a LLC, you file Wisconsin Articles of Organization:
To form a Wisconsin LLC, you file Wisconsin articles of organization. The basic requirements of Wisconsin LLC filings are:
- The business name must include “limited liability company” or end with the abbreviation for it.
- New Wisconsin LLCs name must be different than already registered Wisconsin companies.
- The Wisconsin registered agent and the physical address.
- Whether it is a member managed or manager managed Wisconsin LLC.
- The names and addresses of organizer(s).
- The Wisconsin organizer must sign.
- The name of the Drafter of the LLC articles of organization.
- Name, address, email and phone number of the contact person.
Wisconsin does not require original signatures on new LLC filings. The DFI will mail your file stamped copy to you.
Are you a do-it-yourselfer? You can save some money:
If you want to start a business in Wisconsin yourself, you can just hire us as your Wisconsin registered agent, and you'll instantly have the Wisconsin LLC or corporation forms to file along with filing instructions on the quickest, cheapest, and most efficient way to incorporate an Wisconsin corporation or form a Wisconsin LLC. You'll get the ongoing support of our online tools, reminders and the support of a professional Wisconsin registered agent service.
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