Can I form a company, do business, and remain anonymous?

by lurky
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Hi, the company I work for makes a product that is not well documented and they don't plan to improve the documentation even though customers have asked for it. I could write a user manual that I think a lot of people would appreciate and buy. But my company would certainly not be pleased. It would need to be done anonymously, maybe through an LLC. I'm not trying to get out of paying taxes, but if my company should investigate the manual, it can't lead back to me. I have considered risk/reward, so don't warn me that I might be fired, just answer if you know how to do what I ask. IF there are sites/services out there that can assist please post them.
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanGillam
    Get somebody else to form the company for you. You write the book and they pay for the rights to sell that book from you. You of course write the manual under a fake name.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    First, there's no law against taking a user manual and improving it. Many user manuals that come with all types of gadgets are confusing and mostly useless.

    If you want to write a user friendly manual do it. Just be sure to make it 100 percent original. Don't pinch a single phrase from the original. Use a pen name. Problem solved.

    EDIT: If you've signed something with your company that prohibits such a thing, then ignore my post.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    My real name is yukon.
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  • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
    If you are using a word processor like MS Word, delete the document properties. Otherwise, they may autofill with your name.

    If you convert to PDF, again check the file properties for identifying information.

    If you have domain registration it will need to be in your company name, plus anonymous. The email will need to be anonymous.

    If you have website hosting it cannot be on the same place where you have other sites.

    If you are selling the product you will need a payment processor unattached to anything leading back to you insofar as name of the seller, emails, etc.

    It can be done. But there have also been many who tried to be anonymous with a product and something tripped them up.

    For instance, if you create a LLC the LLC ownership records may be publicly available online. Now you're looking at an expensive Nevada corp / llc (or some other jurisdiction) with anonymity - although Nevada is not as anonymous as you might think.

    If an address is listed somewhere, you may be thinking PO Box. One problem is anyone can ask the postmaster if the owner of the PO Box and get it, if they promise the information is for litigation purposes. A private mail box may be better.

    It might be better to create a partnership with a spouse / friend, as in many places partnerships do not need to be publicly registered.

    Whew! Sure hope that manual is worth it, because the NSA, Google, etc., probably have all the information to connect the identifying dots anyway.

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  • Profile picture of the author CyberAlien
    To make it simple: just have a friend sell the manual.

    You can offer to split profits with them or something like that so you both benefit.
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    • Profile picture of the author hsbinmarket
      Yes U can form a company, do the business but rest is your choice.

      If u do job, u should have the mentality to compromise for your boss.
      Remember u r not independent. U r employee. u are paid to do work for your boss. So you should obey him. Dont force to impose something on him. It against loyalty. If u like to be free think differently.

      If u stay there and think to do something for u against thier desire it would have been a crime.
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        • Profile picture of the author honestim
          Originally Posted by Anonymousllc View Post

          You can create an private company in Delaware and a few other states to hide your identity.

          Source and directions

          how to hide your identity in an LLC
          Learnt something new today...Thanks
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        • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
          Originally Posted by Anonymousllc

          You can create an private company in Delaware and a few other states to hide your identity.

          Source and directions

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          Sure - I'm going to get legal advice from a blogspot blog, authored by someone who doesn't use proper vocabulary (a requirement, in my book, even for a legal secretary).

          Note that the poster of the above quote is from "Anonymousllc" (I can't imagine who would choose something like that for a user name), and it is his/her first post here at the WF.

          Anyone else think that the poster is just trying to get traffic to his own free blog in order to get clicks on his PPC ads?
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          • Profile picture of the author Anonymousllc
            Originally Posted by Sid Hale View Post

            Sure - I'm going to get legal advice from a blogspot blog, authored by someone who doesn't use proper vocabulary (a requirement, in my book, even for a legal secretary).

            Note that the poster of the above quote is from "Anonymousllc" (I can't imagine who would choose something like that for a user name), and it is his/her first post here at the WF.

            Anyone else think that the poster is just trying to get traffic to his own free blog in order to get clicks on his PPC ads?
            It's not legal advice. It's based on experience. I suggest hiring an attorney and double check everything that's posted on the blog. I agree I need to work on spelling. The iPad is not the best when blogging. The blog is a good start in pointing you in the right direction.
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  • Profile picture of the author club20coaching
    Just use your imagination and read the laws.
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  • Profile picture of the author carlamae
    Keep us posted on this one, I'm interested to see where you take this. All the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author jwmann2
    I wouldn't think the market is to great for user's manuals no matter the product. Don't do it if you could possibly lose your job.
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  • Profile picture of the author nik0
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    You can go completely offshore, Seychelles is a good one for that.

    http://www.wis-international.com/sey...companies.html

    Combine that with some sketchy hosting in Russia, and you should be good to go
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie123
    Incorporate in the state of Delaware.
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    Let me get this straight: You work for the company that makes the product. It's their product and you're their employee. You know about the product because you work for them and you know the documentation isn't any good for the same reason. I'm guessing here that you know who has bought this product because you happen to work for the company who makes it. Now you want to exploit this insider knowledge in a devious and underhanded way to make money for yourself.

    I'm glad you don't work for me! I'd be looking to a) fire your a** and b) take out an injunction to stop you exploiting this knowledge you've gained at my expense. Your contract of employment may have a clause that prohibits you doing what you're proposing.

    I suggest you write the first few chapters of the manual. Show it to your boss. Tell him (or her) how much extra money the company could make if they sold the manual you're proposing to write. Presumably you've worked this out as part of your own business plan. You do have a business plan, don't you? Unless your employer is incredibly stupid he (or she) will jump at the chance to make some extra profit. If writing manuals is outside your normal duties, negotiate some extra payment or overtime to write the manual.

    If your boss is incredibly stupid, ask if they have any objections to you writing the manual and selling it. If they don't object, get permission in writing, then write your manual and sell it openly. If they do object: Game over.

    Sure, you could form a corporation in the Cayman Islands or somewhere you can have nominee directors, but the process is incredibly expensive, and you'll need to be certain of making a massive profit. Doing what you're proposing isn't particularly ethical, anyway. I'd think again if I were you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Max Anderson
    Maybe, but why would you want to do that? Branding is a very important aspect of any business!
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    • Profile picture of the author goldbiz
      As far as secrecy/security/anonymity questions go, I would advise you to check out wilderssecurity forum. They take that stuff to a whole different level.
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