DISCLAIMER: I am not an attorney, nor have I sought the advice of one for creating an LLC. The steps which I outline below may be incomplete, erroneous, or just plain wrong. They are meant for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a guide in any way.
A few days and $100 later, the first of several steps required to start an LLC in the Commonwealth of Virginia is complete:
I have officially filed with the State Corporation Commission of the Commonwealth of Virginia – which ironically, I have demoed several Oracle products to. I can say with almost 100% certainty that this is not one of them.
Once I hear back from the SCC, it’s off to irs.gov to get an EIN. After that, I have to fill out a form for the Virginia Department of Taxation, check with my county & town governments, and then I’m officially in business!
I also ordered QuickBooks Pro so that I can keep my own books. This is not something that I’m 100% comfortable with, but I have used Intuit’s TurboTax before, and if QuickBooks is anything like TurboTax, I should manage. Worse comes to worse, I know a couple of CPAs that may be able to be persuaded to help me out.
For the next few days at least, I’m waiting to hear back from the Virginia SCC, as all of the preceding steps depend on the LLC being successfully registered.