At LLC Guide we aim to be a trusted and thorough resource for entrepreneurs and business owners.
To make this happen, we have a set of criteria that we keep in mind when we review any LLC services.
We know that not all entrepreneurs and small business owners are “one size fits all” when it comes to forming a business, so we try to be as objective as possible while providing as much unbiased information as possible.
Here is how we analyze each LLC service to bring you an honest, thorough and complete review of the top LLC formation services:
Company Track Record
First and foremost, we look at the companies track record.
How long have they been around for? Are they a large company or a small company? How much experience do they have in the business formatino niche and do they also have other services? Which services do they focus more heavily on?
Overall Best Value
Cheaper doesn’t always mean better so rather than just looking at price, we look at the best overall value.
In other words, what exactly do you get for the money you are spending?
Each business owner is going to have specific needs so we like to review packages ranging from Free + State Fee to more expensive packages with lots of additional add-ons and features.
We also then like to review our “best overall value” and closest alternatives to it.
Registered Agent Service
Every LLC in the United States is required to have a designated registered agent which can be an individual person or an entity.
A registered agent costs about $125/year and providers like Zen Business and Northwest Registered Agent provide the free registered agent for a year.
Other providers will do a free registered agent for 6 months and some won’t include a registered agent at all.
This is a key aspect we like to highlight when doing our reviews and it also ties back into getting the overall best value.
Some providers have limited business hours while others offer 24/7 around the clock support.
Others offer phone support while others direct you to email and chat support.
Furthermore, we look to see if customer support is in-house or outsourced to a third party which is often not even located in the United States.
It is important to be able to easily navigate and understand the companies packages and offerings.
We always look for companies that have a high ease of use and don’t try to confuse potential customers with complex packages or website designs.
We also consider up-sells, the order process, turnaround times, etc as part of the user experience.
Perhaps one of the best ways to gain insight into a company is to read customer reviews.
We look at not only the types of reviews, but the number of reviews. We also look for trends in both positive and negative reviews.