How to Start a Business in Massachusetts (Step by Step Guide)

Starting Business in MassachusettsAre you thinking about starting your own business in Massachusetts? If so, then you have come to the right place!

On this page, you can find step by step DIY instructions on how to incorporate your business in Massachusetts. From selecting the business entity type to forms to be filled, we have covered it all.

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The first step in setting up your business is to select the business structure.

Broadly there are 4 types of business entities that can be registered:

  1. Limited Liability Company (Most Popular)
  2. Corporation
  3. Sole Proprietorship
  4. Partnership

Each business structure differs on the basis of taxation, asset liability and estate planning. We have written a detailed tutorial on how to choose a business entity type for your business here.

Below we have given a broad outline of the steps involved in registering an LLC or Corporation in Massachusetts.

Clicking on each step, opens up a detailed guide on how to complete it.

How to Start an LLC in Massachusetts

Agency ResponsibleMassachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Corporations Division
Form(s) to be filledCertificate of Organization
ModeMail, in-person, fax, Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $35 (Mail)
Filing Fee$500 + Expedite fee: $25 (optional)
TimeBy mail: 3 days, By fax: 2 days
LawMassachusetts General Laws, Chapter 156C, Section 12


Summary:

  1. Search for business name availability on Massachusetts SOS website
  2. File for Business name reservation (Optional)
  3. Select a Registered Agent
  4. Fill Certificate of Organization
  5. Prepare an Operating Agreement
  6. Get an EIN Number (IRS Form SS-4)
  7. File Massachusetts Business License Application (Form 08-4181)
  8. Obtain relevant licenses and permits

How to Start a Corporation in Massachusetts

Agency ResponsibleMassachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Corporations Division
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Organization
ModeMail, in-person, fax, Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $35 (Mail)
Filing Fee$275 + Expedite fee: $25 (optional)
TimeBy mail: 3 days, By fax: 2 days
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Summary:

  1. Search for a Business Name
  2. File for Business Name Reservation(Optional)
  3. Select Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Organization form
  5. Draft Corporate Bylaws
  6. Get an EIN Number
  7. Get necessary licenses and permits
  8. File Annual report



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Last fact-checked on 25/07/2018

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