Question:

Should i start an llc as a freelancer?

10 October, 2021 Billy Paris 6

Answers (6):

  • AUTHOR: YURI BURESH
    16 October, 2021

    Absolutely. It's the perfect organizational model for freelance professionals who want to offer various opportunities in their businesses, while still maintaining some amount of personal autonomy. Rather than forming an LLC, you could also form a general partnership (which is what companies like McDonalds use). One advantage of starting with an LLC is that it provides protection against lawsuits; one disadvantage of starting with an LLC is the administrative overhead required to maintain it throughout its lifespan. Considering this trade-off, there are really no downsides to choosing either your business structure! However, before you decide which business structure will suit your needs best, make sure to research how each type will impact both taxes and liability.

  • AUTHOR: JOHN PARIS
    16 October, 2021

    Corporations buy the llc which you're considering to start, often investing far more money than if they bought into an individual. The corporation takes all the risk and then you get a little "tip." It's like finding a rock which doesn't help up well, but someone else finds it valuable enough to pay for your finder's fee. Nope. Lllcs are not for freelancers; they are only efficient (cost-wise) when buying large quantities of goods or services. For example, if you want to purchase 100 iPads at once or need 100 website pages made, then LLC should be explored as an option.

  • AUTHOR: ELIDA RAMAGE
    16 October, 2021

    Yes, freelancers should certainly form an LLC. As a self-employed individual, self employment taxes are levied on you as if you were an independent contractor for services against your earnings. Self employed individuals have to pay the U.S. Social Security tax of 12% and Medicare tax of 2% on all net earnings from self-employment up to $127,200 in 2014 or $128,400 in 2015 (including half-way through the year). This is why it's advantageous to form an LLC for freelancers who are mostly solo entrepreneurs with occasional collaboration opportunities with other entities.

  • AUTHOR: MARIBEL SERNA
    16 October, 2021

    An LLC is a great legal business structure to use as a freelancer, and if you do decide to form an LLC (also called Limited Liability Company), be sure to talk with your accountant so that all the salaries for the company are properly documented on IRS W-2 Forms. In addition, accountants generally recommend two bank accounts-one checking account for day-to-day expenses of the LLC and one savings account specifically for taxes. Legally speaking, once you have registered your company with your County Recorder's Office you then have what is generally referred to as an "artificial person". That means any money owed by this "person" must be paid off before the debts of its owners can be collected.

  • AUTHOR: AARON PINGREE
    16 October, 2021

    A lot of freelancers, especially those performing highly specialized work, want to run their business under an LLC. The advantages are that it's easier to protect your intellectual property by having the IP remain with the company rather than its individual members/employees. Another advantage is that there is no taxable income since all profits flow through as "distributions" instead of salaries. So what you really need to think about is whether or not this would be best for your situation and desired outcome.

  • AUTHOR: KEVIN BLOCK
    16 October, 2021

    If you're a freelancer, setting up an llc can not only help reduce your taxes, but also provide the peace of mind that comes with having both liability protection and business insurance. It's important to note that if you are an independent contractor with clients in New York City or San Francisco, you are required by law to register as either a sole proprietor or llc. If you currently don't have any significant assets (beyond what would be covered by your house/condo insurance), then it may never make sense for you to set up being an llc even though no mention is made in this post about how much money is needed to start one.