A North Dakota single-member LLC operating agreement helps a sole owner structure their business for state filing. This document outlines business procedures, daily activities, and other operational aspects. It separates the owner’s assets from business liabilities, providing legal protection and tax benefits.

Step 1: Company Name

Choosing a name for your LLC is a crucial step that helps to identify and distinguish your business from others. It is essential to ensure that the name is unique and adheres to North Dakota’s naming requirements. A carefully selected name can enhance your brand and improve your visibility, making it easier for potential clients to locate and remember your business.

For example, if you are establishing a photography business, you may consider “Captivating Clicks, LLC” as a suitable name. 

Step 2: Agreement Date

To establish the validity timeline of this operating agreement, it’s crucial to include the date of signing. This helps to avoid potential disputes and clarifies when the agreement takes effect.

For instance, if signed on September 1, 2023, write “September 1, 2023” as the effective date.

Step 3: Company and Member Information

It’s essential to clearly identify the parties involved and their respective roles within the LLC. This includes including the name of your LLC and your name as the sole member executing the agreement. This information helps to avoid confusion and ensures that each party’s rights and responsibilities are well-defined.

Suppose your name is John Lawrence and your LLC is “Captivating Clicks, LLC.” In that case, write “Captivating Clicks, LLC” and “John Lawrence” in the respective fields.

Step 4: Formation of LLC

Provide your LLC’s name, the date you filed the Articles of Organization and the state where they were filed. This information is essential because it documents your LLC’s formation and confirms its legal existence.

For example, if you filed the Articles for “Captivating Clicks, LLC” on April 15, 2023, write “Captivating Clicks, LLC” and “April 15, 2023” in the appropriate spaces.

Step 5: Purposes and Powers

It’s essential to clearly define your LLC’s purpose(s) and powers to establish the scope of your business and guide its operations. This information helps potential clients and stakeholders understand the nature of your business. This clear and specific explanation sets the expectations for what services your business offers and what activities it undertakes.

For instance, if you’re starting a photography business, you could state your purpose as “providing professional photography services, including portraits, events, and commercial projects.” 

Step 6: Authority

Include your name to confirm your authority as the sole member of the LLC. This is necessary to establish your power to make decisions and take action on behalf of the company. This clarification helps prevent disputes and ensures smooth business operations.

If you’re John Smith, write, “John Lawrence, as the sole member of the Company, has sole authority and power to act for or on behalf of the Company…”

Step 7: LLC Name 

Repeat here the name of your LLC. Repeating the LLC name you’ve chosen reinforces that this is the official name you’ll be using to establish your business. It confirms the name for your own records.

Input “Captivating Clicks, LLC” one last time.

Step 8: Managing Member’s Signature and Print Name

Sign and print your name at the end of the document to confirm your agreement to the terms and conditions. This legally binding signature is crucial as it signifies your commitment to comply with the contract and relevant laws and regulations governing your LLC. It also validates the document in case of any future legal issues.

If you’re John Lawrence, sign the document and print “John Smith” under the signature.


With a precise agreement outlining structures and protocols, sole owners can legally begin operating, separating personal and business assets. Following these crucial steps allows North Dakota entrepreneurs to launch their ventures with confidence.