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ZenBusiness is a highly rated business formation service, but it’s not our recommended service due to its pricing. With ZenBusiness, it will cost you more to file your business and to maintain it (with Registered Agent services) than other tools (including our recommended tool Incfile).
ZenBusiness was founded by Ross Buhrdorf in 2015. Prior to founding ZenBusiness Ross was the CTO at the vacation rental startup HomeAway that was acquired by Expedia for $3.9 billion in 2015. They are headquartered in Austin, Texas.
ZenBusiness has excellent reviews. Typically, we put less emphasis on public review sites, but forming a company is typically a very standardized process, and we weigh the wisdom of the crowd more heavily in this category.
Where we think ZenBusiness falls a bit short is in pricing. ZenBusiness is more expensive to file and maintain your business than our recommended tool Incfile.
When it comes to comparing prices, you should be aware of two aspects: the cost to file your business, and the cost to maintain your business (Registered Agent fees).
The charts below compare the price of ZenBusiness against the competition for first year costs and ongoing costs. We’ve included the price for everything we view as essential to incorporate your business (core filing plus Operating Agreement, EIN, and Registered Agent service).
We love ZenBusiness’ money back guarantee. They offer a 60-day money back guarantee that will give you all of your money back (less state filing fees) without any additional fees or charges.
ZenBusiness offers three pricing tiers. The first tier called the Starter package is $0 plus state filing fees and includes standard state filings. The next tier up called the Pro package includes the state filing plus an operating agreement and an EIN from the IRS. We view these as essential so recommend those that go with ZenBusiness to choose this tier. The final tier is called the Premium package and includes everything in the Pro package in addition to business documents (25 templates for things like contracts and service agreements), a website builder, a domain name, and a business email address. We think most people are better off with point solutions for these things.