Open a Corporation in the US Quickly by Using these Simple Steps
Are you among those people who always wanted to have their own business? Read this guide and learn how to start a corporation quickly in a few simple steps.
Some people are born to be entrepreneurs. They see opening of a company as a worthwhile challenge and nothing can stop them on the way to success. Then again, some others know that having their own business will give them many benefits, but are afraid to open this new chapter in their life.
According to government data, there is a constant increase in new businesses. No matter which of the two groups you belong to, you must agree that having your own business has many advantages. Apart from being your own boss, it gives you the freedom to set your rules and deadlines, select working hours that suit you, and allows you more spare time to spend with family and friends.
If you have decided to open a company, the first thing you must do as a business owner is to decide on the best way to structure the business. In the US there are several ways to start and operate a business: you can select among a sole proprietor, a partnership, a limited liability company (LLC), or a corporation. If you are a group of people who have big plans for their business, then you should consider opening a corporation.
Why is a corporation a popular way to run a business?
When selecting the best way to operate their business, entrepreneurs are trying to understand which one will suit their needs and give them more benefits.
A corporation is an organization that usually includes a group of persons or a company and is authorized by the State to act as a single entity. It is also recognized as such by law for certain purposes.
It is also easier to raise capital for a corporation than for an LLC. A corporation also enjoys several corporate tax benefits and doesn’t need to pay self-employment tax, unlike an LLC. Also, a corporation has a more formal management structure and the possibility of unlimited capital generation so it is more credible in the eyes of potential investors.
Several states have created laws to make corporations more attractive for future business owners. Also, non-citizens can start a corporation in the United States if they have a physical mailing address and a bank account in the US.
By keeping in mind that the initial cost of opening a corporation can be as low as $45, depending on the state, then it is a wise business structure to consider.
What are the types of corporation and which should I select?
Depending on your business and goals, you can select among several different types of corporation.
C Corporations (C Corps) are the most basic and all businesses start with this type. They can be owned by many people and can have an unlimited number of stockholders. C Cops also have a board of directors; they can also be listed on a stock exchange and become public.
S Corporations (S Corp) are known as unique type of corporatios. They are not a standard business structure, but offer a type of tax status. Their difference from C Crops is that ownership is limited to 100 shareholders and they can pass-through any business income to the shareholders to avoid double taxation.
Professional corporations are formed from professionals, licensed individuals from the same field. These are usually groups of lawyers or accountants who want to work together as a business entity for various reasons, including the tax and liability advantages offered by corporations.
Nonprofit corporations are charitable, educational, religious, or science organizations which do not pay income taxes on their profit. They are formed to use profits for a company’s mission rather than to distribute it to shareholders.
How to start a corporation
The process of starting a corporation requires several steps that should be followed before successfully completing the registration process.
Select a Proper Name
This is a very important step in forming a corporation. You should select a name that is simple and unique but also fulfills any of your state requirements. It must include the word “corporation,” “company,” “incorporated,” “limited” or an abbreviation of any of these terms. There are some names that you should avoid, like those which have words that cannot be used without approval, are trademarks or names which can be confused with the names of government agencies.
To be sure that a trademark or service mark is available, make sure you have checked the Federal trademark Database to make sure that the name you have selected for your corporation is available.
Select a Registered Agent
A registered agent will conduct the necessary processes on behalf of your business, like dealing with the correspondence and paperwork for the state. A registered agent can be an individual or a business and is a service that is recommended in most of the states to prevent any negative consequences.
Hold an Organizational Meeting
Holding an organizational meeting is an obligatory process before filing the formation documents for the corporation. The organizational meeting requires the fulfillment of several tasks, including setting the rules which will determine how your organization will run, determining the share structure, and appointment of directors. It culminates with everyone present signing the Incorporator’s Statement.
File the Formation Documents
File the Formation Documents which cover the basics of your organization with your state. In most states, you can find these documents online.
Identify Your Business Entity
Get an EIN to identify your business entity. It is used by the federal government and obtained by the business owner of the company to be able to open a bank account, hire employees, and use it for tax purposes.
Once the business is registered, you can open a business bank account, get a business credit card, take out insurance, and sign legal documents on behalf of your corporation.
SamBoat Makes Waves in the US
The sharing economy’s massive popularity has led to the creation of blockbuster companies like Airbnb, VRBO, eBay, Uber, and Lyft, to name just a few. According to a report by Proficient Market Insights, the size of the sharing economy was $113 billion in 2021 and is predicted to reach $600 billion by 2027.
One of the newest companies to enter this space, SamBoat, now enables the owners of sailboats and motorboats to offer their vessels for rent. Because yachts are expensive to buyand maintain — in many cases, more expensive than purchasing and maintaining a home — yacht owners can offset some of their costs by listing their craft on the platform.
Those who may not be able to afford their own boat can still experience life on the water, however. No knowledge of boating is required, as many charters include the possibility of hiring a skipper.
When young French entrepreneurs Laurent Calando and Nicolas Cargou met, a friendship, as well as a new venture, was born. Cargou was an avid Airbnb user, and Calando had grown up sailing with his family. Throughout the course of their conversation, they realized that the sharing economy covered a lot of bases, but it didn’t include boating, which they were both passionate about.
The pair sensed an opportunity, which quickly led to action. In April 2014, they officially launched SamBoat in the Bordeaux region of France.
“SamBoat’s marketplace exploded in Europe over the next few years,” explains Robert Harrington, SamBoat’s US Country Manager. The company offers yachts throughout the Mediterranean, Aegean, and other popular travel destinations.
As evidence of the popularity of the boat-sharing model, SamBoat grew by over 70 percent in 2022. Since its founding, the company has enabled more than a million people to take to the seas. Now, the platform is rapidly expanding its listings throughout the US.
Where SamBoat operates in the US
SamBoat has already — albeit indirectly — served its American customers for quite some time, as American vacationers have often rented boats in Greece, France, Italy, or Spain through its platform. But now, the company is beginning to serve Americans on the other side of the Atlantic, right here at home.
SamBoat rentals are currently available in many American ports. The marketplace currently offers hundreds of boats just in the state of Florida, where the fleet extends up the Keys to West Palm Beach, and throughout the west coast, including Tampa, Clearwater, Naples, and Ft. Myers. SamBoat also has many boats in Chicago and Seattle, as well as throughout New England.
In the near future, the company will expand its offerings in San Diego and Los Angeles. SamBoat also plans to open in Lake Tahoe, Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Havasu, and Lake Champlain by mid-summer 2023. It also aims to have fleets available in Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket by the same time.
“Our goal is to offer thousands of boats to rent throughout the United States by the end of the year,” Harrington says.
SamBoat operates anywhere boat owners choose to list their craft for rent. “Just because the marketplace might not already have a whole regatta in a given port doesn’t mean it can’t or doesn’t operate there,” Harrington says. “Listings grow organically, cropping up wherever opportunity calls boat owners to take advantage of existing demand.”
For instance, while SamBoat only officially launched in the United States this past year, the platform was open to US-based boat owners and renters last year. From January 2022 compared to January 2023, the platform experienced a 500% increase in US-based business.
This means that, if you own a boat, you can bring SamBoat to your home port. All you have to do is go to SamBoat’s website, follow a few simple steps, upload photos of your boat along with its relevant details, and respond to rental inquiries.
“Now is the right time for boat owners to get in early and beat the rush,” Harrington says.
The secret to SamBoat’s success
American consumers have responded enthusiastically to SamBoat’s arrival for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the platform offers the very same boats as other companies, yet their prices are on average 10 percent cheaper.
The reason for this is simple: unlike most other yacht and boat rental services, SamBoat doesn’t charge its customers inflated “junk” fees.
In addition, SamBoat makes renting a yacht simple and easy. Generally speaking, other boat-sharing websites outsource customer service to the owners of the listed yachts. They will only answer the phone or attend to you if you are booking something of a high dollar amount, while the average boat rental costs under $1,000. This can lead to a very frustrating process for someone who has questions but can’t seem to get a response from a boat’s owner.
At SamBoat, however, a real human being answers every inquiry. “Sometimes, that person is me,” Harrington says. This makes it much easier for people to rent the perfect boat that will meet their individual needs.
SamBoat fulfills a long-awaited need for sailing and boating enthusiasts worldwide. With the arrival of SamBoat in the US, it’s an even more exciting time for Americans to participate in the sharing economy.
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