How to start your business in Texas with ZenBusiness.

How to Form Your New Business: Texas


When it comes to starting a new business, most states have similar procedures. However, there are some small differences to note. Depending on the state, timing can change based on the state’s internal processes and workflows.


Here is what you can expect when you form your business with ZenBusiness in the state of Texas.


  1. Submit your basic information, like your name and address, through our website. (This step is the same for all states.)

When you start the formation process with ZenBusiness, you will be prompted to submit some basic information. First, you will select Texas as the state of incorporation/formation. Next you will submit the following:


  • Your full name and mailing address
  • Whether you’re forming a LLC or Corporation
  • Your business’ name
  • Your email and phone number


Tip: Because of its limited liability protection, flexibility in taxation and management, and minimal record keeping, most small businesses choose to form LLCs. In fact, 90% of our customers choose LLCs over Corporations.


  1. Select the add-on services that match your needs, as well as your filing package.

ZenBusiness offers the following add-on services:

  • Employer Identification Number (EIN): An Employer Identification Number (EIN), aka Taxpayer Identification Number, is a nine-digit code assigned to your company by the IRS. An EIN is required if you want to open a business bank account, hire employees or limit your liability.
  • Registered Agent Service (RA): Registered agents act as the direct contact between your company and various government offices. The state of Texas requires LLCs and Corporations to designate a registered agent when they form or register their business.
  • Worry-Free Guarantee: With this service, we’ll make sure you stay in good standing with the state—or we’ll pay to fix it. We’ll keep on top of things like when you have to file taxes for your new company or when your next annual report is due.

Next, choose the processing speed for your new business’ paperwork. These time frames start once ZenBusiness submits your business’ information with the state of Texas. Filing/processing speeds range from:


  • 1-2 weeks (free)
  • 3-5 days ($50)
  • 2-3 days ($100)
 
  1. ZenBusiness files your Certificate of Formation with the state of Texas.

Our team of industry professionals collects and files all the necessary paperwork with the state to form your LLC—the business day after you submit your information through our website, in fact.


When your business formation is confirmed with the state of Texas depends on the processing time frame you select at checkout.


  1. The Texas Secretary of State confirms your LLC.

This process can take a few business days or a few weeks depending on the filing/processing speed you select at checkout. Depending on your selection, confirmations can be expected on:


  • Day 3 (Priority Rush Speed, $100)
  • Day 5 (Priority Handling Speed, $50)
  • Day 14 (Normal Speed, free)


  1. You receive delivery of your confirmation and business documents.

The confirmation includes your business certificate and Employer Identification Number (EIN), if you purchased that service.


  1. ZenBusiness provides ongoing services to keep your business compliant with the state.

Our Registered Agent and Worry-Free Guarantee Services ensure your company remains in good standing with the state at all times.

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