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Starting a Business in Texas

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Starting a business in Texas is easier than you think. You file a few 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 Texas, along with great filing instructions on the quickest and cheapest ways to start your business in Texas.

What's the Actual Process to Start a Business in Texas?

File Your Formation Documents

You file a certificate of formation for a Texas corporation or certificate of formation for a Texas LLC with the TX Secretary of State.

Obtain a Federal Tax ID

You obtain a federal tax ID number (FEIN or EIN) with the IRS after you have confirmation and filed articles from the State of Texas showing your approved Texas business.

Open a Bank Account

Opening a business banking account under your new Texas business name should be easy with your formation documents and tax id.

Register Your Business

You will probably need to register with the TX Comptroller of Public Accounts. We provide all these links in your online account.

Apply for Licenses

If your business trade requires a license, you’ll have to apply for a license with the Texas 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. Obtain a local trade license if the city or county you’re going to be working in requires it.

Get Proper Zoning

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.

Get Up and Running

If you get overwhelmed, just get your business pulling in money and worry about regulations later.

Are You A Do-It-Yourselfer? You Can Save Some Money:

If you want to start a business in Texas yourself, you can just hire us as your Texas registered agent, and you’ll instantly have the Texas LLC or corporation forms to file along with filing instructions on the quickest, cheapest, and most efficient way to incorporate a Texas corporation or form a Texas LLC. You’ll get the ongoing support of our online tools, reminders and the support of a professional Texas registered agent service.


If you want a corporation, you file Texas Certificate of Formation:

The Texas Certificate of Formation for a corporation costs $300 with the Texas Secretary of State.

We custom draft your Texas Certificate of Formation when you hire Northwest to start your Texas business. The basic requirements of Texas corporations are:

  • An incorporating Texas ending such as Inc, corporation, or incorporated
  • A general purpose
  • The corporation is perpetual unless you state otherwise
  • An amount of Texas corporation shares you would like to authorize
  • The par value of shares you are issuing
  • The name, address, and signature of the Texas incorporator
  • At least one director of the corporation
  • The Texas registered agent of the corporation; and
  • The effective date of incorporation.

Texas does not require original signatures on new TX corporation filings. The stamped form will be mailed to the address on the document.

If you want a LLC, you file Texas Certificate of Formation:

To form a Texas LLC, you file a Texas Certificate of Formation for a limited liability company and pay the $300 fee. The basic requirements of Texas LLC filings are:

  • The business name must have a limited liability company ending or variation of it.
  • New Texas LLC’s name must be different than already registered Texas companies.
  • The duration of the Texas LLC is perpetual unless you state otherwise.
  • The purpose of the Texas limited liability company is general unless you state otherwise.
  • The Texas registered agent and the physical address.
  • If the limited liability company will have managers, list their names and addresses. If the LLC will not have managers, list the names and addresses of the initial members.
  • The Texas organizer’s name, address, and signature.
  • The effective date of formation.

Texas does not require original signatures on new TX LLC filings. The state will mail confirmation to the address on the formation document.

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