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Direct Incorporation was started in 2003 by a father, son, and a small group of former attorneys, all with the same goal: Simplify the process of starting a business. 

When the company was first starting, it was an alternative to using a law firm for common legal and entrepreneurial issues: things like the LLC formation process and trademark protection. However, as time passed, Direct Incorporation expanded its services to offer domain registration and logo design services as well as a Business Compliance Program for ongoing compliance needs. 

Overall, Direct Incorporation is dedicated to providing overall value for entrepreneurs while establishing new and innovative ways to improve the industry.

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The Good

  • Robust Incorporation Packages
  • Business Compliance Program

Robust Incorporation Packages

We like Direct Incorporation because it includes a variety of additional services to its packages. 

The Standard, Premier, Elite, and Venture packages all come with an employer identification number (EIN) at no additional cost. Most other companies will charge a fee for this. 

The Premier package includes a free website domain name. While the Elite and Venture packages come with a variety of website and email services, including the following:

  • 1-year domain name registration
  • Website hosting 
  • Website builder

We recommend calling and speaking with a company representative or an attorney to determine which of Direct Incorporation’s packages are right for your business. 

Business Compliance Program

Direct Incorporation’s Business Compliance Program was designed to help business owners complete their business obligations. The system is based on client feedback and consists of tools to help you with IRS filings, state reports and renewals, internal corporate formalities, and customized notices and licenses. Direct Incorporation also has its staff research federal and state-specific corporate requirements to ensure your company is up-to-date.

The program also allows you to create your own reminders for business license renewals, company events, and more. This is an especially useful tool, as businesses must keep up with all federal and state requirements to stay in business. Direct Incorporation’s Business Compliance Program costs $9.95 per month. 

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The Bad

  • Expensive Incorporation Services
  • Registered Agent Service
  • Website Navigation

Expensive Incorporation Services

When compared to other incorporation services, Direct Incorporation is initially on the expensive side. Listed below are the company’s incorporation packages and their pricing.

  • Standard Package — $147 + state fees
  • Premier Package — $297 + state fees
  • Elite Package — $429 + state fees
  • Venture Package — $873 + state fees

As we stated earlier, Direct Incorporation’s packages are fairly robust and therefore, come with a higher price tag. Several other online incorporation companies will waive the package fee (and only require you to pay for the state fees).  Which may be the better option if you’re sticking to a strict budget. 

Registered Agent Service

Unfortunately, we couldn’t find much information regarding Direct Incorporation’s registered agent services. There is a short FAQ page about resident agents. Still, the only thing Direct Incorporation says about its services is, “Direct Incorporation can provide you with a dependable resident agent as part of our incorporation service.”

There is no mention of price or anything else. While the company offers this service, we would like to see Direct Incorporation provide all relevant information upfront. 

Website Navigation

Direct Incorporation’s website could use an update. Compared to other incorporation websites, Direct Incorporation feels a bit outdated, cluttered, and difficult to navigate. A messy website does not directly affect the company’s incorporation services, but it may deter potential clients. 

It would be nice to see Direct Incorporation clean up its website and make it easier for users to find the information they’re looking for quickly.

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The Bottom Line

Direct Incorporation offers several incorporation packages that are filled with helpful components. Direct Incorporation includes a federal tax ID number (EIN) with all its plans. Plus, some of the top-tiered plans come with website, email, and logo design features.

Direct Incorporation may not appear to be the cheapest option when it comes to online incorporation service providers. However, we're not saying to avoid the company simply because of the initial price. While other companies may offer their LLC formation service for free, you'll see that they may try to upsell additional services. While this allows you to pick and choose the features your business needs, it can also add up if you need multiple add-ons. 

We recommend that you do your research and talk with an attorney to determine which additional features and services your business will need going forward. 

As for the customer service experience with this company, an aggregate of Direct Incorporation reviews is needed before we can compare that aspect to other formation service competitors. If you've worked with this company, consider leaving a review below. 

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