With some help from Nikita – the offshore development leader, Sam is on the edge of releasing his first website. While it's not likely to cause him to be the next Sergey Brin – he hopes to make a little bit of money – and provide a valuable service. Details to follow in a few days when version 0.5 goes live …
Sam needed to create an LLC. When we created Oncalls.com about a decade ago – we did a quick google search (maybe it was Altavista back then!) and chose a company that could "take care of creating a company for you" for a low-low price.
But the low-low price we paid got us stuff we didn't really need (a special seal, a binder with 10 pages in it, an annual fee for a Registered Agent, etc.
So this time – we used UpstartLegal. They do what you need (help fill out the forms and file them with your State and with the IRS – and don't do what you don't need. Most of the companies that you find on the Internet will charge you more for filing with your state – and they generally include registered agent fees. But if you create your LLC in your home state – you don't need a registered agent. So even though they may have a low-low price of $99 – when it all comes together – you'll end up paying much more than that .. and more every year thereafter.
The UpstartLegal team is smart, honest and very clear. It's a nice service that made this part of Sam's new endeavor completely painless and worry-free. Well done.