Freedom Surfer’s business registration service is the most efficient way to start and run your online business, built entirely with location independence in mind. We offer a choice of structures, based in high reputation jurisdictions, that can be run tax-free and that offer access to the best banking and payment processing options. We also handle ongoing compliance for your business, ensuring that you can focus on growth instead of paperwork and tax filings.
Choosing The Right Jurisdiction
Choosing the right jurisdiction for your business is absolutely crucial. Factors to consider include registration and maintenance costs, language and ease of use, taxation and compliance, liability protection and assets protection, the availability and quality of the banking and payment processing services, the procedure to bring in new partners and investors, the requirements for selling and closing a business. You should also take into consideration how your choice will be perceived by your customers.
Below is a table comparing the best options for location independent entrepreneurs. You can click on each country for in-depth guides.
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United Kingdom – United States – Canada
From all the options listed above, only three tick all the boxes. We offer a choice of six different business structures in those three jurisdictions, the Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) and Limited Company (LTD) in the United Kingdom, the Limited Liability Company (LLC) in the United States (Wyoming, New Mexico and Florida), the Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) and Limited Partnership (LP) in Canada (British Columbia and Ontario). These structures meet the needs of nearly every types of businesses imaginable, from growth-oriented startups to lifestyle businesses to consulting / services firms to e-commerce (including dropshipping) to assets protection and the list goes on.
Best For Growth-Oriented Startups
The US LLC will, in most cases, be the best choice for a growth-oriented startup. Not only does it offer access to the US startup ecosystem but it also is a structure most investors / VCs are comfortable with.
Best For Lifestyle Businesses
The ON LP will, in most cases, be the best choice for a lifestyle business. It offers excellent privacy benefits, access to quality banking and payment processing (in USD / CAD) and has the lowest compliance burden of any developed country entities.
Best For Consulting / Services Firms
The UK LLP will, in most cases, be the best choice for a consulting / services firm. It offers access to the best multi-currencies payment processing and banking services, a top notch reputation and the benefits of a transparent registry.
Best For E-Commerce (Including Dropshipping)
The UK LLP will, in most cases, be the best choice for an e-commerce business, for the same reasons listed in “Best for consulting / services firms”. In addition, the UK LLP offers easy access to the UK VAT system, an EORI number and a DUNS file.
Best For Assets Protection
The US LLC will, in most cases, be the best choice for an assets protection structure. It offers access to excellent privacy and legal benefits, a capital gains tax exemption for non-residents and minimal filings requirements.
Start Your Company Registration Today
Our business registration service includes the registration of your business, the payment of all government fees, the use of a local business address (including the scanning of incoming mail and the forwarding of debit / credit cards), ongoing compliance (including the filing of all applicable tax returns and forms in the country of registration), a UTR (UK) / EIN (US) / BN (BC and ON, upon request), pro-active support and a membership to the Insiders Club. It also includes banking, payment processing, tax and regulatory alerts, allowing you to stay a step ahead of changes that may impact your business.
The total cost for a UK registration is 297 EUR at registration and 20 EUR every month thereafter or 247 EUR annually (you choose whether you want to be on the monthly or annual plan. Both plans cover the ongoing use of our business registration service and this includes all ongoing filings except for personal filings if applicable, government fees, the use of our address and ongoing support).
The total cost for a US registration is 247 EUR at registration for the NM LLC, 297 EUR for the WY LLC, 397 EUR for the FL LLC and 15 EUR every month thereafter for the NM LLC, 20 EUR for the WY LLC, 30 EUR for the FL LLC OR 197 EUR annually for the NM LLC, 297 EUR for the WY LLC, 397 EUR for the FL LLC (you choose whether you want to be on the monthly or annual plan. Both plans cover the ongoing use of our business registration service and this includes all ongoing filings, government fees, the use of our address and ongoing support).
The total cost for a BC LLP registration is 497 EUR at registration and an optional 97 EUR annually, including the government fee, if help is needed with the filing of the annual report (an email will be sent to remind you of the filing obligation a year after registration, with an option to pay 97 EUR to have us take care of it for you).
The total cost for a ON LP registration is 397 EUR at registration. There are no monthly / yearly filings with an ON LP.
Do note that we do not provide a registered address for BC and ON registrations (we can recommend BC / ON virtual address services providers).
We accept all major credit / debit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay and PayPal. UK, US and ON registration orders are processed within 24-48 hours during business days. BC registration orders are processed within 2-3 weeks (subject to processing times at the provincial registry). A priority service is available for in BC for a surcharge (200 EUR, reduces the processing time to 1-4 days).
A discount of 57 EUR is available to Insiders Club members. Log into your account to see your discount code.
Ongoing Maintenance And Taxation
As long as there is no UK resident partner(s) and / or UK permanent establishment (office, warehouse etc), no transactions have to be reported to HMRC in the UK and no UK tax has to be paid. A nil partnership return is filed, along with an HS380 declaration. Annual accounts and a confirmation statement must be filed with Companies House. Each partner must also register their name and address with HMRC via form SA401(natural persons) and SA402 (legal entities). All of the above is handled by Freedom Surfer as part of our business registration service. Natural person partners may have to file a self assessment return with HMRC, this is handled by you although we provide form templates and assistance filling them.
Unless a tax residency transfer is requested (via a treaty tie-breaker) and approved by HMRC, a corporation tax return must be filed in the UK every year along with annual accounts and a confirmation statement. Profits will usually be taxed at the main rate, currently 19% as of 2023. Company books must be kept in order but this can be automated if all transactions are electronic. All of the above is handled by Freedom Surfer as part of our business registration service.
US LLC (WY, NM and FL)
As long as no work is physically performed in the US (by members or dependent agents), no tax liability is created in the US and no US return has to be filed (having US clients does not create a US tax liability either). Transactions between the LLC and its foreign related parties (members and beneficial owners) must be reported every year via information return 5472. An annual report must also be filed with the state government (not applicable to NM). In most cases, there is no need to register for sales tax. All of the above is handled by Freedom Surfer as part of our business registration service.
BC LLP and ON LP
As long as no work is physically performed in Canada (by partners or dependent agents), no tax liability is created in Canada and no return has to be filed (having Canadian clients does not create a Canadian tax liability either, although it may create a sales tax liability if Canadian annual sales total 30000 CAD or more). For the BC LLP, an annual report must be filed with the provincial registry (this is handled by Freedom Surfer as part of our business registration service). For the ON LP, a renewal form must be filed with the provincial registry every five years.