Inc. You?

Do It Online

Yep, you can set up a corporation in a few minutes online, for fees that are usually less than $100, plus state filing fees. (These vary from $40 for creating a Kentucky LLC to $915 for a California corporation.) Cyber-vendors will walk you through setting up shop anywhere in the United States--even in some foreign countries--but be aware, laws and benefits vary from place to place, and these sites offer scant analysis of regional pros and cons. Best advice is to do plenty of research elsewhere before logging on to do the deed.

Among the best DIY sites:

  • The Company Corp.: Check out the FAQs, which offer a useful summary of what's involved in doing it online.
  • MyCorporation.Com: This site is thin on background info, but it's fast-moving. Starting at $99, it lets do-it-yourselfers incorporate online.

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This article was originally published in the May 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Inc. You?.

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