Choosing the right LLC service is essential when launching a new Mississippi business.
The right LLC service will have your business up and running in just a few days, with all the formation documents filed with the Mississippi Secretary of State and the appropriate business licenses obtained.
The wrong LLC service will delay the formation process, taking weeks or even months, and you might not be able to run your business normally because you won’t have all the registrations and paperwork you need.
I’ve reviewed and ranked the top 11 limited liability company (LLC) services based on five rating factors and a four-step investigative process to help you find the best one. Here are the results of my research on the best LLC service:
1. Northwest Registered Agent — 9.45/10 (Best Overall LLC Service)
Northwest Registered Agent is number one because they check every box at a great price and are the only LLC service that offers small business advice.
Northwest Registered Agent has a lot going for it.
They provide all the services you need to set up your limited liability company (LLC) and get your business ready to go.
They complete and file your Mississippi LLC Certificate of Formation with the Mississippi Secretary of State, offer free registered agent service for a year (which consists of a registered agent to receive mail and legal documents for your business during regular business hours, as well as a business address to include on your registered agent form), remind you of all your upcoming compliance deadlines (to remind you to pay taxes or file your annual report), and provide a clear and straightforward online dashboard to access and oversee your business documents.
They also give you a free accounting consultation to make sure your payment processing system is properly configured, a free operating agreement for your LLC in Mississippi, and a 90-day trial of their Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service. You can buy extras like a federal tax ID number, also known as an employer identification number (EIN), Certificate of Good Standing, or copies of your LLC documents that have been certified by the state.
But Northwest Registered Agent stands out from the rest because of their Corporate Guides.
They don’t just have the typical customer support team that’s barely equipped to help you reset your password or provide you with filing submission updates. They have a US-based team of former small business owners, accountants, lawyers, and entrepreneurs that can handle any questions you may have about the LLC formation process, as well as starting and running your Mississippi business.
These guides have either started or grown their own Mississippi LLCs, or worked as LLC advisors to help hundreds of other people do the same.
They are the only LLC formation service that offers this kind of small business advice. Considering that some small business consulting firms charge up to $5,000/day for the same services, this is a big plus.
The price is the last reason why I put them at the top of my list.
Even though their regular price of $225 is a great deal for the small business advice they offer, I was able to get a special deal for BoostSuite readers (because sending thousands of recommendations gives me some leverage that the average person doesn’t have with the company). If you sign up through my sign-up page, you’ll get an 82% discount. This makes the total cost of setting up your LLC in Mississippi only $39 (plus state filing fee).
At $225, they’re a great deal, but an 82% discount brings them down to $39, making them the clear #1 choice.
Northwest Registered Agent’s only downside is that they don’t offer anything to help you set up your online presence. Some premium packages for LLC services (which are usually $299 or more) include features for setting up a website, such as a free year of domain name registration, website hosting, Google advertising credits, and even a free website builder in some cases. None of these are available from Northwest.
But when you consider that Google gives a $500 advertising credit to new businesses, domain names cost less than $12 to register, and premium website builders like Squarespace cost as little as $15/month, you can buy these add-ons with the money you save with Northwest and still have money left over.
Northwest Registered Agent is my pick for the best LLC service because, in addition to giving you the basics you need to set up your limited liability company (LLC), they have a US-based customer support team made up of people who have started an LLC in Mississippi and can help you through the challenges you’ll face.
If you want the best LLC formation service that goes above and beyond to help your business succeed and you want an 82% discount, go to Northwest Registered Agent today.
2. Harbor Compliance — 7.45/10 (Best Premium LLC Service)
Harbor Compliance is number two on my list because they give you a dedicated account manager who makes sure all your questions and concerns are taken care of, but you have to pay for it.
Harbor Compliance gives you everything you need to get started with your LLC.
They make sure your chosen business name is available, prepare and file your Certificate of Formation with the Mississippi Secretary of State, give you an operating agreement template, help you get an employer identification number (EIN), and give you a free year of registered agent service (consisting of a registered agent who receives mail and legal documents for your company during regular business hours, as well as a registered office address to list on your formation paperwork), which ordinarily costs $99 per year.
But the best thing about Harbor Compliance is that you get a personal guide to show you the way.
There’s no need to call customer service or send an email to an anonymous helpline. You can talk to your personal representative at Harbor Compliance. This person is familiar with your situation and challenges, and can give you advice that fits your needs.
The downside of this assistance is that it’s not cheap.
At $399 for their formation package and $799 for their “compliance” package, they cost almost twice as much as Northwest Registered Agent, and 10 times as much as the deal I was able to work out.
Even though having a personal guide to help you through the process of forming an LLC in Mississippi is great, is it really worth an extra $360? Only you know the answer.
Harbor Compliance isn’t the best LLC service out there, but they cover all the basics and are the only ones to offer a dedicated account manager, which makes them stand out.
Even though their price of $399 is 10 times higher than my special deal with Northwest Registered Agent, they are still one of the best LLC services in Mississippi.
Check out their website if you want help from a dedicated account manager and are willing to pay for it.
3. Rocket Lawyer — 7.2/10 (Best for Additional LLC Services)
Rocket Lawyer is number three on my list because, in addition to setting up LLCs, they also give legal advice.
Rocket Lawyer offers all the basic services you’d expect from a Mississippi LLC service, like helping you file your Mississippi LLC Certificate of Formation with the Mississippi Secretary of State. But they also offer legal advice, which is something no other LLC formation service does.
When you sign up for their $99.99 formation service, you can try out their legal services for free for seven days. With that, you get access to their huge library of customizable legal documents, a 30-minute legal consultation with a lawyer on any topic, a lawyer’s review of your legal documents, and attorney protection if your legal documents are challenged.
Even better, their customer service team is made up of attorneys who know how to answer your questions, not just inexperienced customer service agents.
Rocket Lawyer may have good legal services, but there are a few problems with their LLC formation services. They don’t offer any of the other services that Northwest does for formation. You don’t get a year of free registered agent service (they charge $149 for it), and they don’t offer compliance alerts (to remind you to file your annual report or pay taxes), accounting consultations, or VoIP service.
Rocket Lawyer could be a good choice if you need a lot of legal help for your LLC in Mississippi beyond just setting it up. It’s a good choice for any business owner who doesn’t have much experience and needs help figuring out how to follow the laws in Mississippi. But Northwest is a better choice if you want more comprehensive services (like registered agent service) when you form a Mississippi business.
You don’t have to sign up for their LLC formation services to use their legal services. Since they don’t offer enough in their formation services package, it makes more sense to go with Northwest and then create a free account on Rocket Lawyer’s website to use their legal services.
To read my full review of Rocket Lawyer, click here.
In my opinion, IncFile is the best budget option for forming an LLC in Mississippi since it costs nothing up front (except state filing fee). There is no charge for this service. You should know a few things before you join, though.
First and foremost, IncFile saves you money by allowing you to form a new Mississippi business for free. They help you with completing and filing your Mississippi Certificate of Formation and Mississippi LLC operating agreement.
In addition, you’ll get a year of free Mississippi registered agent service (which includes a physical address in the state), saving you at least $99 in fees. This seems almost too good to be true at $0 (plus state filing fee).
However, there are certain restrictions, as there always are with things that appear almost too good to be true.
While IncFile will file all of your formation documents, if you want any of the other basic services provided by Northwest Registered Agent in their $39 basic package (like compliance alerts to remind you to file annual reports or VoIP service), you will need to buy IncFile’s $149 “gold” package.
I’m no math expert, but paying an extra $110 for no added benefit doesn’t sound like a good deal to me.
IncFile is my budget LLC service suggestion since, for zero dollars, their price is impossible to beat.
While you’ll need to upgrade to their $149 “gold” package to gain some of the main perks included in Northwest Registered Agent’s $39 basic formation package, they are an excellent alternative if you only want your documents filed and are willing to spend a few hours completing the rest of the work yourself.
Check out IncFile here if money is exceedingly limited and you’re willing to devote your time and effort to mastering the subtleties of establishing your LLC on a small budget.
Now, on to ZenBusiness. They were the number one suggestion when I initially wrote this article, however they have now dropped down the list due to the removal of a critical component from their packages.
The pricing of ZenBusiness is the first thing that stands out. They’re pretty fairly priced for an LLC service that covers everything you need to get up and going, at $49 (plus state filing fee) for their basic package.
They assist you in completing and filing your Mississippi Certificate of Formation with the Secretary of State, ensuring that your selected business name is usable, notifying you of any future compliance deadlines (so you won’t forget to file your annual report), storing all your documents on an online portal, and providing phone and email customer support.
They also provide an operating agreement template, a virtual company setup guide, and a complimentary consultation with their in-house accounting staff to guarantee your payment systems are properly configured.
Their $199 “pro” package includes a banking resolution (which you can use to open a business bank account for your LLC in Mississippi), assistance with applying for your employer identification number (EIN), and professional help if any compliance deadlines are missed. Their $299 “premium” package also includes an email address, business domain name, and website.
However, as I previously said, Zenbusiness has eliminated one crucial component of their service offerings.
All their packages used to offer a complimentary year of registered agent service, which was worth $149. They’ve subsequently changed the free year to a 25% discount. Given that this makes their actual bundle costs $150.75, $310.75, and $410.75, they’ve dropped down the list.
So, although they provide a variety of services, I don’t recommend using them if you require registered agent service unless you are willing to spend three times the price of Northwest Registered Agent.
Check out my ZenBusiness review for a complete analysis of their services.
6. Swyft Filings
Swyft Filings, founded in 2012, is a relative newcomer to the LLC formation service industry.
They provide a lot for $49 (plus state filing fee) for their basic package. They’ll help you prepare and submit your Certificate of Formation and Mississippi LLC operating agreement with the Secretary of State, offer you online access to your documents, provide a free 30-minute session of business tax consultation, and offer a year of free business domain name registration.
However, unlike Northwest Registered Agent, they do not provide a complimentary year of registered agent service. Because they charge $149 per year for this, it will only cost you more to use their services in the long run.
Read my Swyft Filings review for a more comprehensive explanation of their services.
MyCompanyWorks is rather inconsistent.
For $79 (plus state fees) they will draft and file the Certificate of Formation for your LLC in Mississippi, assist you with your operating agreement, provide online access to your critical documents, and notify you of any filing deadlines for compliance (so that you won’t forget to file your annual report).
But there is a disadvantage.
The premium package includes a free year of registered agent service, but it costs a steep $279. MyCompanyWorks is not a good option when compared to Northwest Registered Agent, which costs $39 and offers a free year of registered agent service.
8. Inc Authority
Inc Authority is another LLC service that purports to be “cheap” but is really rather expensive.
They’ll assist you with your Certificate of Formation and file it for free, but anything beyond that will cost you considerably.
They charge $399 (plus state fee) for their basic package, which includes an LLC operating agreement, help with obtaining an EIN, and a business seal. Only the $799 premium bundle includes Mississippi registered agent service (which includes a physical address to include on your forms, and a registered agent to accept mail and legal documents for your LLC in Mississippi).
No matter how little money you have, IncFile is a much superior alternative to Inc Authority when you compare their services.
9. Incorporate Fast
Incorporate Fast, an LLC formation specialist, costs $99 (plus state fees) for their basic package.
In addition to filing your Certificate of Formation, this package includes a year of free Mississippi registered agent services, help drafting the operating agreement for your LLC in Mississippi, and a handful of sample documents that you may need to start your company.
For $199 they will assist you with getting your EIN, but they don’t provide any extra service, like a business tax assessment or online document storage.
Their key distinction is that they process every new business filing the same day it is received, which is a benefit that other providers don’t supply. So, check them out if you’re in a hurry to form your business entity and want to pay more without getting any extra services for the price.
However, if you just want outstanding pricing and a plethora of extra services, Northwest Registered Agent is the way to go.
BizFilings is another company that offers Mississippi LLC formation services for $99 (plus state fees).
This bundle includes filing your documents and a free year of Mississippi registered agent services, and compliance alerts (to remind you to file your annual report). They don’t provide any extras, though, such as business tax assessment, online document storage, or support with your operating agreement, so you’re paying more for a lot less.
LegalZoom maintains the trend of offering subpar basic packages for $99 (plus state fees) that deliver very little. LegalZoom will assist you in filing your Certificate of Formation and will supply you with a banking resolution (so that you can open a business bank account for your LLC in Mississippi), but nothing more.
This means you won’t get registered agent services, compliance alerts to remind you about annual report filings, or any of the other extras that Northwest provides.
If you’re currently using LegalZoom’s legal services or registered agent services (which are kept separate from their Mississippi LLC formation services), and want all your business concerns handled by one provider, then LegalZoom may make sense. But contracting them just for your LLC formation isn’t worth it.
If you want to learn more about LegalZoom’s services and offerings, check out my complete LegalZoom Review.
Other LLC Services
As part of my research, I looked at seven other Mississippi LLC formation services. None of them were good enough to recommend, so I didn’t feel the need to analyze them in detail. Here they are, in no particular order.
Incorporate.com, like Rocket Lawyer and LegalZoom, features a $99 basic service that’s extremely minimal. They will assist you in filing the Certificate of Formation for your Mississippi LLC and will supply online document storage, but that’s it.
This limited service package means that they don’t offer Mississippi registered agent services, compliance alerts for your annual reports, assistance with your operating agreement, VoIP service, or any of the other extras among Northwest’s service offerings.
CorpNet costs $108 (plus state fee) for their Mississippi LLC formation services, which includes filing your Certificate of Formation and sending compliance notifications. That’s all. For that price, you don’t even get a Mississippi registered agent or assistance with your operating agreement.
MyCorporation will only file your Certificate of Formation and help you with your operating agreement for $133 (plus state fees). Every other service (like Mississippi registered agent service or compliance alerts) will cost you extra.
15. Direct Incorporation
Direct Incorporation adds to MyCorporation’s offerings (filing your Certificate of Formation and assisting you with the operating agreement for your Mississippi LLC) by supplying a banking resolution and helping you get your EIN. However, their Mississippi LLC formation services cost $147 (plus state fees).
InCorp costs $117 (plus state fee) to submit your Certificate of Formation and help you draft an operating agreement for your Mississippi LLC. Every other service (like Mississippi registered agent service or compliance alerts) is subject to an additional fee.
For more about InCorp, click here to read my full review.
17. Nationwide Incorporations
Nationwide Incorporations provides the same restricted services as InCorp (Filing your Certificate of Formation and helping draft the operating agreement for your Mississippi LLC), but costs $200.
18. SunDoc Filings
SunDoc Filings’ basic package only includes submitting your Certificate of Formation for $79. They’ll help you with the operating agreement for your Mississippi LLC with their $99 “key” package, and your EIN application in their $279 premier package. That means for this exorbitant price, you won’t even get a registered agent. Therefore, they’re insignificant compared to the best Mississippi LLC formation services.
The Best Mississippi LLC Service Review Summary
Out of all 18 Mississippi LLC formation companies and the 11 best of those, Northwest Registered Agent is the best business formation option for most Mississippi businesses.
They provide a $39 (plus state fee) business formation package that includes all the basics you need to establish a company, and the advice and assistance offered by their Corporate Guides can cost you as much as $5,000 per day if you choose a consulting firm instead.
If you’re ready to establish your Mississippi LLC and want all the essentials covered by experienced specialists, as well as help and advice in conquering your business issues, check out Northwest Registered Agent.
Best LLC Service Review Methodology
This is how I arrived at my conclusion on the best LLC services.
Why You Should Trust Me
You should trust my recommendations for business formation service companies since I have more knowledge and experience in the business formation market than almost anybody.
My experience began when I used three separate business formation services to launch my three small businesses. Yes, I used three separate services since the other two didn’t give me the assistance I needed. (I won’t identify them because they’ve both improved greatly since I used them, and I don’t think you should make any judgments today based on outdated knowledge.)
The third service, which was used to launch this website, has exceeded my expectations for a business formation service and provided considerably more value than I paid for, which is why Northwest Registered Agent is my best overall LLC service suggestion.
However, my experience is not restricted to using those three services. I also have considerable expertise in assisting people in selecting the appropriate business formation service for their new small businesses. I’ve personally helped over 1,000 customers choose the perfect LLC service for their new Mississippi LLC since founding BoostSuite, and I’ve had to go deep into the field to do so.
How I Selected the Best LLC Service
My selection of the best LLC formation service was a four-stage investigative procedure.
Stage 1: Reviews
The first step in choosing the best LLC services was to examine the web reviews of the major businesses in the industry. At least among the prominent LLC formation companies, there is a strong history of encouraging clients to leave reviews online, and some companies now have over 4,500 online reviews!
This review stage enabled me to get an understanding of the quality of the various formation services and eliminate any services that did not meet basic performance criteria.
Stage 2: Website Analysis
After eliminating any poor formation service options and getting a broad sense of each provider, I went to their website. I logged on, read their headlines and titles, and attempted to learn about the company through their claims and comments.
This enabled me to grasp the core business formation services offered by each provider, as well as how they saw their market position and offerings.
Stage 3: Speaking with Real Customers
Once I knew how the company attempted to position itself, I needed to know if they could back up their claims. Reading internet reviews may occasionally help with this, but since most individuals only publish reviews when they had extraordinarily great or terrible experiences, the findings tend to tilt to the extremes.
I next contacted the clients I could really speak with in order to learn firsthand about their experiences. This feedback guaranteed that I acquired a well-rounded and nuanced grasp of the average customer’s perspectives on each LLC service.
I contacted acquaintances who had used any of these business formation services, reached out to folks whom I had referred to them, and chatted with website visitors to learn about the benefits and drawbacks of their experiences.
This provided me with a deep and detailed understanding of what it was like to use each service provider, and it moved me closer to choosing the best LLC services.
Stage 4: Speaking with Their Sales Teams
The last stage in my investigation was calling their sales and customer support departments to grill them for answers.
I gathered the input I had obtained from my examination of online reviews and discussions with customers, and then I pushed their customer service team on the complaints that had been directed against the company.
This last phase gave me the opportunity to assess how effectively each company dealt with criticism and how they responded to input that wasn’t particularly good.
After the four-stage investigative process, each company was rated based on five different factors.
Factor 1: Offerings
The services that were being provided were the first thing that I took into consideration.
Some LLC formation providers will only assist you with your Certificate of Formation before kicking you to the curb unless you pay more for additional services. And then there are other formation services that provide registered agent services, online access to all of your company’s documents, and even assistance with drafting an operating agreement for your Mississippi LLC.
Because of the significant differences in the Mississippi LLC formation services provided by each company, I decided to begin my ratings evaluation here.
Factor 2: Price
Cost was my second consideration while making my decision about which LLC service is the best. Some services start as low as $0, while others won’t allow you inside their virtual door for less than $399.
When you consider this along with the vast disparity in the kind of services offered, the cost of services, or more specifically the cost for each service, was the second factor I used to rate the services in question.
Factor 3: Ease of Sign-Up
The ease with which new customers can register for these services was the third consideration that I took into account while rating them.
Some Mississippi LLC formation services make use of clumsy and outmoded legacy systems that give the impression of having been developed in the late 1990s and constructed by students in a high school coding class. And some offer systems that are slick and easy to use, which makes the laborious process of getting a business entity off the ground much simpler.
I investigated how each company’s sign-up process worked to determine which took the least amount of effort and mental capacity on my part.
Factor 4: Ease of Use
The design and operating problems are not resolved after the sign-up procedure has been completed. The majority of the time, any design and function difficulties that were encountered during the sign-up process carry over into the onboarding process as well.
Some providers supply prefilled forms that already have all the necessary data included and just need a signature from the client. Other providers merely supply blank forms, despite the fact that they already possess all the required information, and need you to write the same information in 11 separate areas.
Because nobody likes to spend more time than they need to on anything, ESPECIALLY when there are so many vital tasks to perform when starting a business, determining how easy each service was to use was a key rating consideration.
Factor 5: Customer Service
Customer service was the last factor I used to rate each LLC formation service. This was another area in which I saw a significant difference in the value they provided.
Several limited liability company (LLC) services base their support teams in other countries and staff them with locals who have inadequate training and very little to no experience doing business in the United States.
Then there are services such as Northwest Registered Agent, whose US-based customer service department is made up of former entrepreneurs, small business owners, accountants, and lawyers who have personal experience in assisting you with overcoming the challenges your Mississippi LLC faces and can talk you through the process of selecting the most appropriate solution.
My fifth and final rating factor was a direct result of the significant disparity in the value offered by different customer service teams.
After putting 18 different LLC services through my four-step and five-factor evaluation process, I came up with a list of the top 11 services and used that to choose the one that performed the best. The title of best LLC service in Mississippi goes to Northwest Registered Agent.
They provide a free year of their registered agent service in addition to covering all the basics, which includes assistance with preparing and filing your formation documents with the Secretary of State, a free year of registered agent service, and an online service that allows you to save all your documents online.
In addition to that, they will provide you with an operating agreement template for your Mississippi LLC, a trial of their VoIP system, and a free consultation with their in-house accounting staff to assist you with establishing your payment processing.
During the sign-up process, you will have the opportunity to select optional extras, like state-certified copies of your Mississippi LLC formation documents, an employer identification number for your business entity, and a Certificate of Good Standing, if your company requires any of these.
But their Corporate Guides are the one thing that really sets them apart from the competition in this industry.
Their support team, which is based in the United States, will not only answer any questions you have about the process of setting up your Mississippi LLC, but thanks to their previous careers as accountants, lawyers, small business owners, and entrepreneurs, they will also be able to guide you through the inevitable challenges you will face on your path to running a successful Mississippi LLC.
Even though they don’t help you establish your online presence, the 82% discount ($39 plus state fees) offered exclusively to BoostSuite readers ensures that you will have enough money leftover to use one of the premium website builders.
If you’re ready to start your LLC, visit Northwest Registered Agent as soon as possible.
To learn more about where to form your company, read my article about the best states to form an LLC in.
If you’d like to know more about the best registered agent service for you, then check out my article on the best registered agent services here.