The steps below are similar for all entity structures such as Limited Liability Companies, Corporations, Sole Proprietorships, etc. Please make sure to do research before submitting your filing. Your business may require state licensure, etc.
Step 1: Find out if your business name is available.
Visit this link: https://ecorp.azcc.gov/EntitySearch/Index
Keep in mind that you’re going to want to type in different versions of your business name to make sure that you’re not duplicating someone else’s business name.
This is also important for marketing purposes, as you do not want customers confusing your business with someone else’s company!
Step 2: Decide what kind of business structure you want.
For the purposes of continuity and clarity, this article will focus on starting a single-member LLC.
Step 3: Determine your Registered Agent
If you are filing by yourself as the sole owner of your business, you will only need to worry about your own personal information. You will be the “registered agent” – this is the person who will handle all legal aspects of your business.
Step 4: Begin the filing process.
To file a business with the State of Arizona, you are required to create an eCorp account.
Visit this link: https://ecorp.azcc.gov/AzAccount/Register
NOTE: Once you register for an eCorp account, it may take some time for their system to send you an email confirmation to verify your email address. We waited about ten minutes until an email came through.
Step 5: Complete the online filing process.
Once you receive your temporary password and get logged in, you’ll want to visit your Dashboard: https://ecorp.azcc.gov/AzDashboard/Index
Here, click “Create a new LLC”.
Follow the instructions – a total of 10 steps – and then successfully move through the checkout process.
NOTE: If you’re filing as a single-member LLC, YOU are considered the statutory agent in the state of Arizona.
If you have trouble, or need to speak to someone for assistance, check this out: https://azcc.gov/corporations/ten-steps-to-starting-a-business-in-az
Step 6: Wait for your Secretary of State to approve your filing.
If something goes wrong during the process, the state will reach out to you to correct any issues.
Step 7: Keep your documents safe!
Store your digital files in multiple locations on your computer, in the cloud, and print a physical copy of each to ensure that you don’t lose them. After a certain amount of time, you won’t be able to access your documents any more, and will have to request copies if you lose yours.