How to Start a Business In Louisiana
To start a new business in Louisiana, you will have to complete a few different steps.
Getting started– A few websites created by the state of Louisiana on how to start a business can be found here: http://www.opportunitylouisiana.com/small-business/start-a-business and https://geauxbiz.sos.la.gov/
- Register your new business name.
Find out more about name registration here: https://geauxbiz.sos.la.gov/static/2
If you need help choosing a business name: 12 Tips to Help Choose a Business Name
- Select your business structure.
Many small business owners are sole-proprietors. Find out more about business structures here:http://www.sos.la.gov/BusinessServices/StartABusiness/Pages/default.aspx
- Register your business with the state of Louisiana.
You can register your new business with the state of Louisiana here: https://geauxbiz.sos.la.gov/Home
- Open a business account at your bank.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your business using your new business name.
- Register your business for tax purposes and hire an accountant.
When you first start your business, it may not be too difficult to file your own taxes. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here: http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/Businesses and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
- Consider liability insurance.
You may consider liability insurance depending on what type of services you will offer.