Choosing the best LLC formation service for your limited liability company (LLC) in Maine is a crucial part of the business formation process.
The right Maine LLC service will help you set your business up and have you conducting business in Maine in a matter of days, filing all the right documents with the Maine Secretary of State and ensuring you have the necessary local business licenses.
The wrong Maine LLC service could delay the formation process for weeks, maybe even months, which means you won’t be able to conduct business during that time because they didn’t file the right paperwork with the proper agencies.
To make sure that you choose the best LLC service in Maine, I’ve reviewed and rated the top 11 best LLC services in Maine, using a four-stage, five-factor process. Here are the findings of my best LLC formation services investigation in Maine:
1. Northwest Registered Agent — 9.45/10 (Best Overall Service)
I awarded Northwest Registered Agent the #1 spot because they check all the boxes, have a great price, and they’re the only LLC service in Maine to provide small business advice.
You’ll find lots of reasons to love Northwest Registered Agent.
They provide all the services you need to get you through the LLC formation process and get your Maine business up and running.
They file the necessary formation documents (like your Maine Certificate of Formation) with the Maine Secretary of State, provide registered agent service free for one year (which includes a registered agent in Maine to receive legal documents and mail on behalf of your business during normal business hours, and a Maine street address for your formation documents), worry-free compliance with notifications about things like annual report deadlines, and a straightforward online dashboard so that you can access and manage all your business documents.
On top of all that, they also provide a free accounting consultation so that you can make sure your payment processing system is properly set up, a 90-day free trial of their VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service, and a free operating agreement template. You also have the option to purchase other additional services, like a federal tax identification number, also known as an employer Identification number or EIN (so you can hire employees), a Certificate of Good Standing, or state-certified copies of important business documents.
But the one area where Northwest Registered Agent really outshines the other Maine LLC formation services on my list is their Corporate Guides.
Rather than providing you with the typical customer support department that’s barely equipped to help you with resetting your account password or finding out about filing submission updates, they have a team made up of US-based former lawyers, accountants, small business owners, and entrepreneurs who are experienced enough to answer questions not only about the formation process in Maine, but also about running your new Maine business.
These business experts have either gone through the LLC formation process in Maine themselves and done the work to grow their LLCs, or have worked extensively as LLC advisors to help hundreds of business owners complete the LLC formation process in Maine.
No other LLC service in Maine offers small business advice, and when you consider that getting advice like this from other business advisory services can cost as much as $5,000 a day, it’s quite a boon for any small business owner.
And of course, the last reason for choosing Northwest Registered Agent as the top LLC service in Maine is their price.
They typically charge $225 for their services, which is a great deal—especially with their small business advice thrown in. But I’ve negotiated a special deal with them for BoostSuite readers (when you send companies thousands of recommendations, it gives you more leverage than the average individual has). If you sign up for their services using my special sign-up page, you get an 82% discount, which makes the total price $39 (plus state filing fee) to start your Maine LLC.
Like I said, they’re a great value at their standard $225 rate, but with an 82% discount that makes their services only $39, there was no question that they’d earned the #1 spot.
The only drawback to Northwest Registered Agent’s services is that they don’t provide you with any premium services to build your business’s online presence. There are a few other LLC services that offer website setup features as part of their premium packages (which usually cost $299 or more) that include things like a free year of business domain name registration, Google advertising credits, and website hosting, and some even provide a website builder. But Northwest doesn’t provide any of this.
However, Google provides $500 in advertising credits to every new business, it costs under $12 to register domain names, and you can use premium website builders like Squarespace for around $15 a month. So you can definitely afford to purchase these services with the money you save using Northwest Registered Agent.
Northwest Registered Agent is the best LLC service in Maine because not only do they provide you with all the services you need to get your Maine LLC established, but they also have a US-based customer service team staffed with people who have experience with the LLC formation process and can help guide you through any problems you’ll face with your Maine business.
If choosing a Maine LLC service that goes above and beyond their obligations to help your company succeed is important to you, and you want to take advantage of the 82% discount I negotiated, then check out Northwest Registered Agent.
2. Harbor Compliance — 7.45/10 (Best Premium LLC Service)
I gave Harbor Compliance the #2 spot on my list because they provide you with a dedicated account manager to handle your questions and concerns. However, that unique service comes at a cost.
Harbor Compliance offers all the basic Maine LLC services you need to establish your business in Maine.
They check the availability of your chosen business name, prepare and file your formation documents (like your Maine Certificate of Formation and operating agreement), help you get an employer identification number so that you can hire employees, and offer a year of free registered agent service (which includes a registered agent to accept mail and legal documents on behalf of your LLC during business hours, as well as a physical address in the state of Maine to list on your paperwork), which usually costs $99 per year.
But by far their best feature is that you get a personal account representative that can walk you through the formation process.
Instead of calling a customer support line or emailing some anonymous representative, you can simply contact your dedicated account manager who already knows about your Maine business and the particular challenges you face, and they can provide customized advice for your business.
The drawback of Harbor Compliance is that their services aren’t cheap.
They charge $399 for their formation package and $799 for their “compliance” package, which means they charge nearly twice as much as Northwest Registered Agent’s standard fee and 10 times more than the special deal I’ve negotiated with Northwest.
It’s nice to have a personal guide when you’re going through the LLC formation process, but is this perk worth paying an added $360 for? Unfortunately, I can’t answer that question for you; it’s a matter of personal choice.
Harbor Compliance isn’t the best LLC service overall, but they do cover all the basic services necessary to form an LLC in Maine, and they stand out in the LLC service industry by providing dedicated account managers.
Even though their $399 fee is 10 times more than you’d pay for Northwest Registered Agent with the deal I’ve negotiated, they’re still one of the best LLC services in Maine.
If you’d like a dedicated account manager to get you through the formation process and you don’t mind paying a little more to get it, check out Harbor Compliance.
3. Rocket Lawyer — 7.15/10 (Best for Additional LLC Services)
Rocket Lawyer is a renowned name in the business industry, mostly because of their online legal services. But they also offer Maine LLC formation services.
One of the best parts about their LLC services is that they provide you with a service that none of the other leading Maine LLC services do: legal services.
Their Maine LLC formation services cost $99, and with that they also provide you with a seven-day free trial of their legal services subscription. This legal services subscription gives you access to their extensive library of customizable legal documents, a 30-minute legal consultation with a lawyer about any topic, your legal documents reviewed by an attorney to ensure that they’re enforceable, and attorney protection in the event that your documents are challenged for some reason.
Another bonus is that their customer service team is made up of attorneys, so they can answer any questions you have, whether they’re legal questions or queries regarding the formation process.
There are a few “cons” regarding Rocket Lawyer’s Maine LLC formation services.
You’re not going to get any of the service extras from Rocket Lawyer that Northwest Registered Agent provides. They don’t offer a year of registered agent service for free (instead, their registered agent service costs $149.99), annual report service or compliance notifications to let you know when to file annual reports, or VoIP service.
You’re able to access all of their great online legal services separately from their highly priced Maine LLC services simply by creating a free account on their site.
If you need continual legal services, then Rocket Lawyer is a great option for your business. It’s also a great choice for any new LLC in Maine, and business owners who are inexperienced with Maine state law. However, if you’re in need of additional LLC services (like a registered agent in Maine or compliance notifications), then Northwest Registered Agent is the better bet.
If you’d like to know more about Rocket Lawyer’s services and promotions, read my Rocket Lawyer Review.
IncFile is in the #4 spot on my list because they’re the best choice if you’re looking for a Maine LLC formation service on a budget. They charge an incredible $0 (plus state filing fee). Yes, you read that correctly. However, before you run to their site to sign up, you should know a few things about their services.
The most obvious benefit of using IncFile is that you can establish your LLC in Maine for nothing more than the state filing fees associated with LLC formation. For this price, IncFile helps you draft and file your Maine LLC Certificate of Formation and operating agreement.
They also offer free registered agent service for a year. Typically, their Maine registered agent services cost $99 per year, so this is a nice perk. This all seems too good to be true for $0 (plus state fee).
As is the case with any service that seems too good to be true, there are some drawbacks to IncFile’s services.
IncFile will file your formation documents at no cost to your LLC in Maine, but if you want any of the additional services that Northwest offers in their $39 basic package, then you’ll be required to buy the $149 “gold” package from IncFile.
I’m no math expert, but I don’t think paying an extra $110 for fewer services is a good idea.
It’s impossible to beat IncFile’s price at $0 (plus state fees).
You’re going to need to shell out $149 for their gold package if you want any of the additional services offered by Northwest for their $39 basic package. But if you’re only in need of someone to create and file your formation documents and you don’t mind putting in some extra work to do everything else yourself, then IncFile isn’t a bad option to save money.
If you’re low on funds or have a tight budget to work with, and you want to put in the extra hours learning about the complex process required to establish an LLC in Maine, then check out IncFile here.
And now we come to ZenBusiness. At one time they claimed the #1 position on my list, but they’ve lost a few positions over time because they’ve removed one key feature from their services.
One of the first things you notice about ZenBusiness is their price. They charge $49 (plus state filing fee) for their basic package, which makes them one of the lowest-priced Maine LLC services on the market, and they’ll provide you with everything you need to get your LLC in Maine up and running for that price.
They assist you with drafting and filing your Certificate of Formation, check the availability of your desired business name, give you compliance alerts (for your annual reports), give you access to an online portal for your documents, and offer both email and phone support.
They also give you an operating agreement template, a virtual business setup guide, and a free consultation with their in-house accounting team to make sure that your payment systems are properly configured.
With their $199 “pro” package, they’ll get you a banking resolution (so you can set up a business bank account), help you apply for an EIN for your Maine business, and supply you with support in case you miss a compliance deadline. Their $299 premium package provides you with an email address, business domain name, and website as well.
But like I said before, they removed one of their key features from their service list.
Their packages all used to include a year of registered agent service for free. Their Maine registered agent services cost $149 per year. Instead of the free year of registered agent services, they now offer a 25% discount on registered agent services. This means you’ll pay $150.75, $310.75, and $410.75 for their services, so they’ve fallen a few spots down my list.
Even though they offer a lot of valuable services to small businesses in Maine, I don’t recommend you use them if you need Maine registered agent service because you’ll pay three times more than Northwest Registered Agent.
If you’d like to learn more about ZenBusiness, you can read my full ZenBusiness review here.
6. Swyft Filings
Launched in 2012, Swyft Filings is relatively new to the Maine LLC formation service industry.
Their $49 (plus state fees) basic package offers a lot. They’ll help you create and file your formation documents (like your Certificate of Formation and operating agreement), give you an online portal to access your formation documents, offer you a free 30-minute business tax consultation, and provide you with a year of free business domain name registration.
However, you won’t get a year of Maine registered agent service for free. In fact, they charge $149 for their registered agent services, which means they’ll cost you more money than they’re worth in the long run.
If you’d like a more detailed look at Swyft Filings, check out my Swyft Filings review.
MyCompanyWorks is quite inconsistent when it comes to the quality of their services.
They charge $79 for their basic package, for which they’ll help you prepare and file your Certificate of Formation, assist you with creating the operating agreement for your Maine business, give you an online portal to access your documents, and give you compliance alerts to remind you to file annual reports.
But there is a drawback.
They provide you with a free year of registered agent service if you choose their premium package. However, it’s a pricey $279. Because Northwest only costs $39 with the price I negotiated and their registered agent service is free for a year at that price, MyCompanyWorks pales in comparison.
8. Inc Authority
Inc Authority is a Maine LLC formation service that appears to be a budget option, but upon further inspection turns out to be anything but.
They don’t charge any fees to help you prepare and file your Certificate of Formation in Maine. However, if you require any other services, you’ll pay dearly for them.
Their basic package, which includes an operating agreement, help with the EIN application, and a company seal, costs a whopping $399 (plus state fees). They also include a year of free registered agent service with their premium package, but they charge an unbelievable $799 for it.
If you’re running low on money and simply want your formation documents filed, then IncFile is the better option for LLC formations.
9. Incorporate Fast
Incorporate Fast is another on the long list of formation services that charge $99 (plus state fees) for their basic package.
They’ll help you file your Certificate of Formation, help you with your operating agreement, give you a free year of registered agent service, and provide samples of documents you may need to form an LLC in Maine.
They don’t provide any of the luxury services that Northwest does, like business tax assessment or online document access, but if you get their $199 basic package they’ll help you obtain an EIN.
Their biggest selling point, in my opinion, is that they process new business filings on the day they’re received, which is something other business formation service providers in Maine don’t offer. So they’re a good option if you’re in a rush to form an LLC in Maine and don’t mind paying more money to make it happen without getting additional service for your money.
However, if you’d rather get more bang for your buck, then Northwest Registered Agent is the better option.
BizFilings also has a $99 (plus state fee) basic package.
They help you file your Certificate of Formation, kick in a year of free registered agent service, and provide you with compliance alerts for annual report filing. But you won’t find any of the additional services that Northwest provides, like online document storage, business tax assessment, or help with your operating agreement. So, in the end you’ll pay more for less with BizFilings.
LegalZoom is another company that follows the trend of offering a $99 (plus state fees) basic package with substandard service offerings. They’ll help you file your Certificate of Formation and give you a banking resolution for that price, but nothing else.
It may be a good idea to consider LegalZoom if you’re already using their online legal services or their Maine registered agent service (they don’t provide Maine registered agent services with their formation package) because it could be convenient to have all your business services handled by one company. But if all you need is a Maine LLC formation service, then they aren’t much use to you.
If you’d like to learn more about the products and prices that LegalZoom offers, you can read my LegalZoom review here.
Other LLC Services
I looked at seven other Maine LLC formation services during my research, but they weren’t worthy of recommendations, so I didn’t feel that they required detailed reviews. Here they are, in no particular order.
Like other business formation services on this list, Incorporate.com offers a $99 basic package with little in terms of quality formation services. They’ll file the Certificate of Formation for your business entity and give you access to your documents online, but that’s the extent of their services. You won’t receive registered agent service or compliance alerts to remind you to file your annual report.
CorpNet has a $89 (plus state fees) package, but for that price all they do is file the Certificate of Formation for your business entity and issue compliance alerts for your annual report. So, if you need a registered agent in Maine, you should look elsewhere.
MyCorporation only helps you with filing the Certificate of Formation for your LLC in Maine and offers assistance with your operating agreement with their $113 (plus state fee). Every service you choose beyond these comes at an additional charge. You’re out of luck if you choose MyCorporation and you need registered agent service in Maine.
15. Direct Incorporation
Direct Incorporation provides the same services as MyCorporation, but they also add a banking resolution and help getting your EIN in their $147 (plus state fees) package. You’ll have to look elsewhere for a registered agent business in Maine, or for compliance alerts.
InCorp is a business formation service that will help you file your Certificate of Formation and assist you with drafting your operating agreement for $117 (plus state fee). However, each service you choose in addition to that will cost extra. This means you won’t get all the services that Northwest Registered Agent provides, like a Maine registered agent and VoIP service.
You can read more about InCorp in my full InCorp Review.
17. Nationwide Incorporations
Nationwide Incorporations charges $200 (plus state fees) for the same features that InCorp offers. You’ll pay $200 but won’t even have a Maine registered agent for that price.
18. SunDoc Filings
SunDoc Filings will help Maine businesses file their Certificate of Formation with their $79 basic package. With their $99 “key” package they’ll help you create your operating agreement, and with their $279 “premier” package they’ll help you apply for your EIN. At these prices they’re definitely not one of the best Maine LLC services.
Best LLC Service Review Summary
Out of the 18 LLC services in Maine I researched, and the top 11 out of those, Northwest Registered Agent is the best option for most small businesses.
With the deal I negotiated for BoostSuite customers, their basic package is only $39 (plus state fees) and it covers all the formation services you need, as well as business advice and assistance from their Corporate Guides, which would cost $5,000 per day if you were to hire a consulting firm instead.
If you feel like you’re ready to form an LLC and want all the basic business formation service offerings, as well as Corporate Guides to help you through the formation process and beyond, then head over to Northwest Registered Agent.
Best LLC Service Review Methodology
Here is the method I used to decide the best LLC service.
Why You Should Trust Me
You should trust me to make LLC service recommendations because I’ve got more experience and knowledge of the LLC service industry than nearly anyone else in the world.
I started my journey when I used three separate LLC services to start my three businesses. Yeah, you read that right, I used three services because two didn’t cover all the services I needed. (I’m not going to disclose their names in this article because since then they’ve greatly improved their services and I don’t think you should make decisions based on outdated information.)
I used the third service to start this website, and it delivered services that surpassed my expectations and provided quality services for the price I paid for them. And that’s why I chose Northwest Registered Agent as the best overall LLC service in Maine.
My experience goes beyond using these three services myself. I’ve also got a lot of experience helping other business owners choose the right LLC service for their needs. I’ve helped more than 1,000 people find the best LLC service for their companies since I started BoostSuite, and I’ve done extensive research into the industry to do so.
How I Selected the Best LLC Service
Here is the four-stage process I used to select the best Maine LLC service.
Stage 1: Reviews
The first stage of my investigation to find the best Maine LLC service was to read online reviews on major online business review sites. A lot of the most popular LLC formation services encourage their customers to leave positive customer reviews, and some of them now have over 4,500 reviews online!
The review stage let me get a general understanding of the quality that the different formation services provided and I was able to weed out the services that didn’t live up to the basic standards of the LLC service industry in Maine.
Stage 2: Website Analysis
After eliminating poor-performing LLC services and gaining a general understanding of the business practices of each provider, I headed over to each company’s website. Once there, I read their headlines and titles and used the information to try to learn more about the companies based on the claims they made.
This let me find out about the key services offered by each company, as well as how they positioned themselves in the market.
Stage 3: Speaking with Real Customers
After I understood each company’s presence in the market, I needed to find out whether they actually lived up to their claims. Sure, you can find out a lot by reading online reviews, but most people don’t leave online reviews unless they’ve either had a really stellar or a horrifyingly bad experience with a company, which means the results can be skewed to one extreme or the other.
I then contacted real customers who could talk to me about their experiences with each LLC service. I reached out to friends who have used formation services in Maine, customers I’d referred, and new visitors to my website to learn about the pros and cons of working with each LLC service on my list.
This gave me a better understanding of what the average customer experience with the formation service is like.
Stage 4: Speaking with Their Sales Teams
As the last stage of my investigation, I contacted each company’s sales and customer service teams by phone to get some answers.
I took all the feedback I’d gathered throughout my process and presented it to the sales and customer service teams.
This last stage gave me a clear understanding of how each business operates, and how they handle criticism and negative feedback.
After my four-stage investigative process, I rated each LLC service according to five factors.
Factor 1: Offerings
The first factor was the services each LLC service offered.
There are some LLC services that will only help you file your Certificate of Formation and then won’t offer to help you with anything else unless you’re ready to pay them. Then there are other formation services that will offer Maine registered agent services, help you with your operating agreement, help you get the necessary business licenses for your LLC, and give you a free consultation with an accountant.
This wide range in services was the reason I chose service offerings as my first rating factor.
Factor 2: Price
The second factor I considered was price. Some LLC services don’t charge for their formation packages, while others won’t even talk to you for less than $399.
Price combined with the wide range of services in the LLC service industry gave me an idea of the cost per service, which was the second factor used to rank each service.
Factor 3: Ease of Sign-Up
The third factor I used to rate the LLC services was how simple it was to sign up.
Some businesses provide slow, glitchy, antiquated systems that appear as though they were created in the 1990s and designed by an apathetic high schooler in coding class. Other businesses provide a simple, stylish, and user-friendly system that makes LLC formation painless.
I looked at the sign-up process of each company and rated them based on which were the easiest to complete.
Factor 4: Ease of Use
Unfortunately, if you encounter operation or design issues during the sign-up process, they’re not likely to end there. They typically carry over throughout the entire onboarding process.
Some of the best LLC services provide you with pre-filled forms that simply require your signature, while other services give you blank forms (even though you’ve already supplied them with all the information the forms request) and make you repeatedly write the same information in various sections of the same form.
It’s never fun to waste your time on paperwork, but it’s ESPECIALLY frustrating when you’re going through the LLC formation process. That’s why I chose ease of use as a rating factor.
Factor 5: Customer Service
The last factor I used to rate each LLC service was their customer service. This is another area where LLC services vary greatly in the value they provide.
Some LLC services set up customer service centers in foreign countries, then employ teams of locals who are poorly trained and have no understanding of the LLC formation process in Maine.
Then there’s Northwest Registered Agent, who provides a US-based customer service team that’s made up of former entrepreneurs, lawyers, accountants, and small business owners who have been through the formation process themselves, so they know how to guide you through it. Part of their outstanding customer support is the fact that they have the experience necessary to help you get through any business crisis and talk to you about the best solution for your company.
The vast difference in the quality of each LLC service’s customer service is what led me to choose customer service as my final rating factor.
I analyzed the 11 best LLC services in Maine using my four-stage investigative process and five-factor rating system, and the company that scored the highest was Northwest Registered Agent.
Northwest Registered Agent covers all the basic services you need, including filing your formation documents with the proper government agencies to establish your business in Maine, an online portal to store your documents, and a year of free registered agent service.
They also throw in a free consultation with their accounting team to ensure that your payment processing system is set up properly, a trial of their VoIP service, and an operating agreement template.
If you’d like some service extras, such as state-certified copies of your business documents, a Certificate of Good Standing, or an EIN, you can choose those as add-ons for an additional fee.
But the service that really sets them apart from other LLC services is their Corporate Guides.
They have a US-based team of professionals that can answer any questions you have about the formation process, as well as help you overcome any obstacles you face with your business because as former small business owners, lawyers, accountants and entrepreneurs, they have enough business experience to give sound advice.
They don’t offer premium services to establish your business’s online presence, but with the 82% discount (which makes their basic package only $39) for BoostSuite readers, you’ll definitely have money left over to spend on website creation and domain names.
If you’re ready to start your limited liability company, head on over to Northwest Registered Agent today.
While you’re here, check out my guide on the best states to form an LLC in.
And if you’d like to know more about registered agent services, read my guide on the best registered agent services.