How to Form a DBA in 2021

Starting a DBA is a relatively simple process but you will want to understand the risk of running your business as a DBA compared with an LLC structure. Learn how to form a DBA in less then 10 minutes.

What is a DBA

The meaning of DBA is “Doing Business As”. It serves the purpose for a company that wants to do business under a different business name and in order to do so a company would need to file a DBA.

Is DBA considered a business entity

No. if you operate as a Sole Proprietorship, DBA is not a business structure and unlike LLC it will not protect you from liabilities.

How to form a DBA

You have 2 main options: Use an online filing service to register your DBA or do it yourself.

Top DBA formation services

1. SwyftFilings

The best all-round DBA filing service

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Pros & Cons

Fast DBA filing for $99 + state fees
Optional Express and same day processing available
LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp and Nonprofit formation available
Extra Charges on some ala-carte items

The process of filing your DBA with SwyftFiling is quite straight forward and you can complete it in less than 10 minutes.


2. RocketLawyer

Simple DBA filing solution

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Pros & Cons

DBA formation for $99 + state fees
Offers LLC & Corporation formation in all 50 US states
 S-Corp, C-Corp, Nonprofit and LLC formation available
Relatively expensive filing service without the purchase of subscription

You can register your DBA or LLC with RocketLawyer for free if you purchase their subscription. I really like the fact that RocketLawyer can support my business with many simple legal services and contract templates including employment, trademarks other contracts and many more legal services. They help simplify a lot of the legal services which translate into significant services. If you are able to manage the modification required to some standard contracts and agreements and can just consult with a lawyer on final drafts we highly recommend considering their service.


How to form a DBA – DIY option

Once you decided on your business name, you will need to file your paperwork with the state.

For example, if you want to file your DBA in the state of California, you will need to file your paper work with the right county.

Here is a list of some of the most popular counties in California:

After you filed your paperwork with the right county, you will need to Publish a California Fictitious Business Name Statement

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