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

Start business in MissouriAre you thinking about starting your own business in Missouri?  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 Missouri. 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:

  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 Missouri.

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

How to start an LLC in Missouri

Agency NameMissouri Secretary of State – Business Service Division
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Organization
ModeOnline, Mail or fax
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $25 (Online)
Filing Fee$50 Online, $105 mail or fax
Time1 week
LawMO Rev Stat § 347.037.


Summary:

  1. Search for business name availability
  2. File for Business name reservation
  3. Select Registered Agent
  4. Fill the Articles of Organization form
  5. Create an Operating Agreement
  6. Get federal EIN Number
  7. Get Tax ID number
  8. Obtain relevant business permits and license
  9. File Annual report to remain compliant



How to start a Corporation in Missouri

Agency NameMissouri Secretary of State – Business Service Division
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Incorporation
ModeOnline
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $25 (Online)
Filing Fee $58
Time1 week
LawMO Rev Stat § 351.055 (2015)


Summary:

  1. Search for a Business Name
  2. File for Business Name Reservation
  3. Select Registered Agent
  4. Fill the Articles of Incorporation form (Form Corp 41)
  5. File initial report
  6. Draft Bylaws for your corporation
  7. Get federal EIN Number
  8. Get Tax ID number
  9. Obtain relevant business permits and license
  10. File Annual report to remain compliant


References:
http://revisor.mo.gov/main/OneChapter.aspx?chapter=347
https://www.sos.mo.gov/business/corporations/statutes

Fact-checked on 18/07/2018

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