Use a Checklist
Incorporating on your own is easier than new entrepreneurs may think. Business associates, attorneys, and accountants will offer all sorts of contacts to help you incorporate, but you'll have to shell out the bucks for something you can do on your own.
Begin with a checklist. We've included a great Incorporation Checklist in our Entrepreneurial Media Gallery for ease of use. Your checklist should include items like:
What will the name of your corporation be?
What type of corporation will you form? An S-Corp, a General Corporation or an LLC?
Who will be shareholders, or if an LLC, members?
Who will sit on your board of directors and what titles will they hold?
Who will you appoint as your registered agent to receive legal documents from the federal, state, and local governments?
Do you know a notary that can notarize your forms?
How much is the filing fee to incorporate in your state?
While our sample checklist includes much more, like reserving a trade name, to obtaining business insurance, the incorporation process itself is quite simple.