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Starting an LLC

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Gkb

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Located in NJ. I'm interested in starting an LLC under my brand XXXXXX. I want to sell clothing/accessories and also start a food delivery service called(G's kitchen of . XXXXXXXs). Do I need to have 2 separate LLCs?
 


Just Blue

Senior Member
Located in NJ. I'm interested in starting an LLC under my brand XXXXXXX. I want to sell clothing/accessories and also start a food delivery service called(G's kitchen of XXXXXX). Do I need to have 2 separate LLCs?
It is not necessary to advertise for your business while asking for advice. The Mod will edit and return your post soon.
 

quincy

Senior Member
Here is a link to pretty much everything you need to know about starting a business in New Jersey:

https://business.nj.gov

You do not need to have two LLCs to operate two businesses. You can have one or more “doing business as” (DBAs) businesses under the umbrella of one LLC.

For example, your LLC could be called ABC and your other businesses could be ABC dba DEF and ABC dba XYZ.

But you also could start two or more LLCs, each with a different name and a different purpose.

You will want to make sure that your business name(s) and the names of any products or services you offer do not conflict with names being used as trademarks by other companies.
 

Taxing Matters

Overtaxed Member
You are not required to use two different LLCs. Whether it would be a good idea given your particular circumstances, though, is something I suggest you discuss with a local business attorney. There isn't a one size fits all answer to that.
 

FlyingRon

Senior Member
The other information is goodNote that LLC and Corporation names aren't necessarily brands. There's no protection for LLC/Corporation names other than they have to be unique within the state (unlike person's names). Brands are trademarks (or servicemarks). For example, some of the biggest brands are not the entity name. Subway is a trademark for a restaurant franchise operation that is legally Doctor's Associates.

So while a DBA allows you legally to use a different name than the actual person, LLC, or Corporation doing the business, you may also wish to look into Trademark protection to keep others from marketing things under the same or substantially similar names.

As TM points out, running businesses often require real legal assistance. While creating an LLC (or even corporation) is easy, running one and disposing of it later can be involved.
 

quincy

Senior Member
The other information is goodNote that LLC and Corporation names aren't necessarily brands. There's no protection for LLC/Corporation names other than they have to be unique within the state (unlike person's names). Brands are trademarks (or servicemarks). For example, some of the biggest brands are not the entity name. Subway is a trademark for a restaurant franchise operation that is legally Doctor's Associates.

So while a DBA allows you legally to use a different name than the actual person, LLC, or Corporation doing the business, you may also wish to look into Trademark protection to keep others from marketing things under the same or substantially similar names.

As TM points out, running businesses often require real legal assistance. While creating an LLC (or even corporation) is easy, running one and disposing of it later can be involved.
The link provided earlier offers direction on how to find the best professional for your needs and where to locate these professionals.

It often helps to have a mentor - someone who has already established a successful business and is willing and eager to help you establish yours.
 
Located in NJ. I'm interested in starting an LLC under my brand XXXXXX. I want to sell clothing/accessories and also start a food delivery service called(G's kitchen of . XXXXXXXs). Do I need to have 2 separate LLCs?
No. But you will have to make sure you open your LLC properly and make sure you create an operating agreement that protects YOUR investment.
 

quincy

Senior Member
BTW, how can I post a photo where my B is
When you contribute here for a long enough time and become a “senior member” of the forum, you will be given the opportunity to add your own avatar. Until then, you remain a brownish-yellow square. :)

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Edit to add: I love the HL Mencken quote.
 
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