- Form LLC
Starting at $49+ State fees
ZenBusiness Review 2022
- LLC filing starts at $49 (+state fees)
- Registered agent & worry free service
- Lifetime expert business support
- 100% accuracy guarantee
- Doesn't offer the option to form a nonprofit
ZenBusiness helps entrepreneurs form their dream business quickly and accurately. They offer affordable incorporation packages and great customer support. And most importantly, they offer 100% accuracy guarantee so you can put your mind at ease knowing that professionals are taking care of your paperwork and helping you avoid any issues or delays.
ZenBusiness target market is geared towards the small business community as they offer affordable and simple business formation services to help business owners start, run, and grow their business. ZenBusiness also strives to give back to the community with their public benefit corporation by loaning money to select women-owned and minority-owned companies in the US to encourage more business ownership.
ZenBusiness review: Ease of use
I really like the fact that ZenBusiness performs a business name search in your state as soon as you start the LLC incorporation process.
If your business name is not available, you will see the following message and will be able to perform multiple name searches until you find the right one for you.
Following the name search, you will add your name and contact information and follow a quick questioner (6 questions) that should help ZenBusiness better understand your incorporation needs.
For example, do you have any prior business experience?
Or, would you be working from home?
ZenBusiness: Pricing review
All ZenBusiness plans include preparation and filing of LLC paperwork, name availability search, ongoing phone and email customer support, online document access, credit card offer, statement of organization, CPA Assessment, and a virtual business guide.
ZenBusiness offers three main filing plans to get started with your LLC business:
ZenBusiness Pro Plan
The rate for ZenBusiness Pro Plan is $199 (plus applicable state fees). The Pro Plan is the most popular plan of choice and includes
- LLC filing (file paperwork with the state and get your LLC business formed)
- Operating agreement,
- Annual compliance service*
- Rush filing service (will take 3-5 business days in CA)
- Name availability search
- Phone and email support
- Online document access,
- Statement of organizer
- Free accounting consultation
- Virtual business guide
- Google Ads credit
If you want to see the additional plans, you will need to scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “SHOW OTHER OPTIONS”.
If you are happy with the Pro Plan, just click on “SELECT”.
ZenBusiness Starter Plan
The rate for ZenBusiness Starter Plan is $49 (plus applicable state fees). The Starter Plan includes:
- LLC filing (file paperwork with the state to get your LLC business formed)
- Full customer support
- 100% accuracy guarantee
Keep in mind, this package include only LLC formation services and will not renew.
ZenBusiness Premium Plan
The rate for ZenBusiness Starter Plan is $299 (plus state fees) includes all the pro plan features plus:
- Rush filing speed
- Business domain name
- Business website
- Business email address.
This plan offers the fastest turnaround time with rush processing of 5-8 business days in TX and CA (processing times vary from state to state).
If you choose the starter plan, there are plenty of à la carte services available that you can add on. Alternatively, you can build your own package and choose the services based on your specific business needs. There is a comprehensive list of services and charges laid out on the ZenBusiness Pricing Page.
We really like the summary screen that ZenBusiness displays before finalizing your purchase. It shows you exactly what you are paying for and allows you to edit any of the items on the cart separately in case you choose to make changes to your order.
ZenBusiness review: List of services
The individual services include:
The Register Agent service ensures there is a physical address where you are able to receive tax or legal notices during business hours and is required by the state. Hiring a registered agent service ensures legal compliance and keeps all your documents organized in one place and it’s required to appoint a Registered Agent to your LLC.
We found the ZenBusiness registered agent service to be quite pricey at $199/year. IncFile offers a registered agent service for $119 and their registered agent service is included for free the first year with their incorporation package.
DBA (Doing Business As)
DBA names can be acquired for $95 plus state fees. Advantages of this are branding flexibility, no additional taxes, and compliance with requirements.
The EIN (Employment Identification Number) is required to open a bank account, hire new employees and to be able to separate your business and personal finances. For $99, ZenBusiness will secure your EIN from the IRS.
- A Business email address can be purchased for $25 per year and includes an address book, calendars, and 5GB of cloud storage.
- A New York LLC Certificate of Publication is required when setting up a business in New York. For $200 plus publication fees, ZenBusiness will simplify this requirement process and keep your costs low.
- Accounting and Bookkeeping are very important when running a business. There are three plans to choose from:
- Quick Start for $50/month includes 5 invoices and 20 bank transactions, CPA support via email or chat, and closing of the books every month.
- Up and Running plan for $100/month adds unlimited invoices and transactions plus a quarterly 1-2-hour phone call with a CPA.
- Grow and Scale Plan for $200/month gives you a dedicated CPA for your business with a monthly 3–5-hour call with your CPA.
If you are unsure whether you want or need any of these services, there is a detailed explanation of each one on the ZenBusiness website.
You can form an LLC in any state you wish and can find a sitemap on the ZenBusiness website that allows you to click on any state to view the LLC State Fees.
ZenBusiness follows a 4-step process when handling your business formation:
- Fill out the forms and choose the services desired
- Filing of your documents with the state
- The state confirms the information and approves your business entity
- ZenBusiness notifies you and places all your paperwork on a secure online account
ZenBusiness offers continuous support and services to help keep your business compliant and in good standing with all state requirements going forward
The cost of expedite and rush filing services when you chose the Starter Plan are quite expensive! You can save on the cost of expedite filing when you purchase the Pro Plan for $199 as it is included in the plan. Do take into consideration that filing speeds and fees vary from state to state, depending on where you will be filing your LLC.
ZenBusiness review: Customer service
A dedicated customer service expert is available via email and a toll-free number during business hours. The ZenBusiness website includes a helpful Frequently Asked Questions section, Help Center page, bios of the team, and a blog to keep customers up to date on current news and changing regulations.
ZenBusiness: Products highlights
ZenBusiness is known for its Worry Free service. The cost for this service is $119 a year. It’s worth mentioning that the cost of Worry Free service is included in the Pro Plan for $199 for the first year!
ZenBusiness review: Verdict
ZenBusiness offers one of the best LLC filing services we reviewed. They help make the LLC formation process fast and simple so that you can get your business up and running in no time, and for great value for money. We especially like their Worry Free option which gives business owners peace of mind knowing that compliance and paperwork are being taken care of by industry experts so that they can focus on growing and managing their business.