ZenBusiness Offers Better Quality and Quantity in its Extra FeaturesLet’s get the good news out of the way first: both Inc Authority and ZenBusiness provide basic LLC formation services for free. So, whether you’re on a tight budget or simply looking for a cost-effective solution, both options offer a high-quality service to kick-start your business. If you need something more than just filing your Articles of Organization, both Inc Authority and ZenBusiness offer Registered Agent services for an extra fee. However, Inc Authority offers the first year of Registered Agent services for free. ZenBusiness and Inc Authority can also assist you with obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN), which is a crucial requirement if you’re planning on hiring employees, opening a business bank account, or taking out a loan. ZenBusiness includes an EIN in its paid plans, while Inc Authority bundles it into all of its plans. However, while both do a good job of covering the essentials, ZenBusiness goes the extra mile with its wide range of additional financial tools. With ZenBusiness, you gain access to features like bookkeeping assistance, business banking services, and even personalized website creation. ZenBusiness’ accounting tools steal the show. Included with all LLC registration packages (yes, even the free one), ZenBusiness Money Essential gives you a user-friendly tool to track expenses, deductions, and general financial movements. For an extra fee, you can also access the ZenBusiness Money Pro tool, which can pretty much become a one-stop shop for all your financial management needs. So, while both Inc Authority and ZenBusiness deliver the core features for LLC registration, ZenBusiness stands out with its broader range of high-quality features to help your business thrive. With ZenBusiness, you’re covered beyond just the formation period, with access to high-quality tools that can contribute to your long-term success.
Ease of Use
Outstanding for Both, but ZenBusiness Takes the LeadOnce again, both Inc Authority and ZenBusiness clear the bar for ease of use with flying colors. It’s incredibly easy to sign up with Inc Authority. Thanks to a well-designed user interface (UI), you always know exactly how to navigate the registration process, and that same quality UI carries over to the account dashboard once you’ve signed in. Another point in Inc Authority’s favor is that its sign-up process is incredibly modular. That means that instead of paying for full packages from the beginning, you get to choose exactly which extra services you want to add. It also does a great job of telling you exactly what each feature does and how much they’ll add to your total cost. ZenBusiness’ website is visually appealing and easy to navigate, but it takes user-friendliness to the next level with its engaging sign-up process. To sign up, ZenBusiness takes you through an interactive questionnaire to help you discover your business’ exact needs. You can also save your progress at any time, which means that you can leave and come back if you need to. It also does a better job of showing you your full order details before payment and making it easy to go back if you decide that you want to add or remove any extra service before checkout. This goes a long way to ensure that you’re getting exactly the service that you need, without overpaying for add-ons. So, while both services offer easy-to-use platforms with friendly user interfaces, ZenBusiness takes it a step further with its attractive design and engaging sign-up process. While the difference might seem small, any extra ease of use is appreciated when it comes to registering and managing your business.
Inc Authority Can Be Cheaper, but ZenBusiness Offers Better Value OverallZenBusiness hasn’t always offered a free LLC formation package like Inc Authority, which is why you’ll find many outdated reviews that consider Inc Authority the unmistakable winner in this category. However, the introduction of ZenBusiness’ Starter LLC package has leveled the playing field considerably. Both Inc Authority and ZenBusiness offer base LLC formation packages at no cost, but you should be aware that for both services, many important features aren’t offered as part of either the free or paid plans, but as completely separate add-ons. Most notably, neither service includes a Registered Agent service as part of a plan. Inc Authority might offer a free Registered Agent for the first year with any plan, but you’ll have to pay a separate fee for the service after that. Another thing that makes this category contentious is that Inc Authority’s pricing isn’t as clearly defined as ZenBusiness’. Though you can get information about package deals eventually, its system is much more based on which additional features you add during checkout. This can be both a good and a bad thing: on one side, you only pay for what you need – on the other, there are no bundles that discount important business features when bought together. By checking the table below, you’ll find that while Inc Authority (sometimes) offers lower prices, ZenBusiness offers way better quality and the convenience of having it all wrapped up together in one place. This means that ZenBusiness offers better value overall.
|Price of the cheapest plan (minus state fees)|
|Stated filing time/range
(minus state processing time)
|1–4 weeks||2-3 weeks|
|EIN application||✔||Paid add-on|
|100% accuracy guarantee||✘||✔|
|Free tax consultation||✔||✔|
|Expense and deduction tracking||✘||✔|