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What are the 5 things that you need to form your business correctly?

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Choose a business structure

What's the difference between a Sole Proprietor, a Partnership, a DBA, an LLC, or a Corporation?

Receive our Free Guide for Choosing a Business Structure

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File with your Secretary of State

Unless you're planning to raise lots of money, it's common practice to file your business in the state the work is done.

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Register a Tax ID from the IRS

To get a bank account and pay taxes, you'll need a Tax ID/EIN/FEIN from the IRS.

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Obtain proper legal documents

How do you prove that you're the owner of your business? With legal documents!

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Apply for licenses and permits (if applicable)

Your local city, county, or state government may require this based on your industry.

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Do you know the basics?

We get a lot of questions daily from new business owners. So we put together this video that goes over the most common questions in under 9-minutes. If you have followup questions, just ask!

"Blazingly fast. To the point. Great communication and reasonable price. No hard upsell."

"Everything was so easy. I’m not sure if I can think of a single thing that could’ve been done better!"

"So easy! My lawyer was going to give me the “friend” discount and charge me $1,300! And then it was going to take weeks. You guys rock!"

"The site had videos at every step to answer questions and explain the process and each thing is needed, and clarifying each step of the way."

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CHECKLIST

Why is BetterLegal the Best Option?

BEST PRICE: Our cost is what we say it is: $299 (plus state filing fee)

FASTEST TURNAROUND TIME: Receive your documents in 1-3 business days

EASIEST USER EXPERIENCE: BetterLegal takes most users 5-10 minutes to complete

ONLY WHAT YOU NEED, NOTHING YOU DON’T: No upsells or advertisements for products that you don’t need

A lawyer will cost thousands and our competitors love to bait-and-switch with seemingly cheap upfront costs.

COMPARISON

Apples to Apples Comparison

There are lots of options, but cheap upfront prices aren't so affordable at checkout. See how the price increases as you purchase the necessary items for you have what you need to open a business banking account. In addition, our optional subscriptions are the most affordable compared to anyone else in the industry.

BetterLegal

LegalZoom

ZenBusiness

Starting Price

$299

$79

$49

State Filing

1-3 Days

30 Days

30 Days

Turnaround Time

Included

+$270

+$100

EIN

+$70

Cost So Far...

$299

$349

$219

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Operating Agreement/Bylaws

Annual Registered Agent Fee

$90

$249

$119

Annual State Compliance Fee

$90

$280

$110

5-Year Cost

$1199

$2994

$1364*

If you opt-in to subscriptions*

*ZenBusiness is the only company

that forces you to buy a subscription

UNIQUE FEATURE

The BetterLegal Live Dashboard

Once you've formed your LLC or Corporation, what's next? Whether it's a week, a month, or a year later, you're going to want to make changes to your business. How does that process work? At BetterLegal, we've developed a one-of-a-kind Live Dashboard that allows you to make the changes you want in the dashboard, then have our system tell you what the change is, how much it will cost, and how long it will take. No need to get into a long back and forth conversation with a sales team, just point and click!

Change in the Dashboard Triggers Suggested Filing
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Over 1500 different options

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Partner Services

Whether it's a name change in Arkansas or an address change in Hawaii, it's in our database. Some states require online filings, others faxes, others snail mail. We handle all the complexity in the backend.

In addition to administrative changes to your business, we also have developed an ever-growing list of curated partner recommendations from banking to payment processing to accounting or insurance.

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