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Get everything you need to instantly stand up your new business, including a custom domain name, a ready-to-use website with SSL security, web hosting and server space. Plus up to 10 business email addresses, and a secure, private business phone line and app—all available when you hire Northwest to start your business or act as your registered agent.
We help you keep your personal address, phone number, and email address out of permanent public records. Identity services are $9 a month with a 20% bulk discount if you keep them after your free trial ends.
What is Business Identity?
When you start a business, you begin creating a Business Identity whether you know it or not.
That’s because your Business Identity consists of all the ways you represent your business to the world. Your business address. Your phone number. Your voicemail greeting. The email address you use to contact vendors and clients. The look and feel of your website. All of this matters because it shapes how potential clients and customers view your company—and, ultimately, whether or not they’ll trust your business.
The problem is that most first-time business owners aren’t set up to start talking to the public right away. So they give out their personal information and take a hit to their privacy. Or they piece together what they need from multiple companies, burning money and creating a disjointed system that’s just too hard to manage.
Our solution? We created an all-in-one Business Identity package that helps you take control of your business identity from day one.
What’s Included in Northwest’s Business Identity?
With Northwest’s Business Identity package, you get all the tools you need to create your business identity from scratch. These are not third party services. We build our services in-house to provide the highest level of privacy.
A professional business address to list on state documents.
A custom domain name, free for a whole year.
Web hosting & a pre-built business website to customize as you see fit.
Proof that your website is trustworthy and secure.
Up to 10 secure email addresses ending in a shared domain.
A VoiP phone line with a local area code to keep your number private.
Business Identity Pricing & Discount Options
Our Business Identity package is a 90-day trial introduction to a range of services that you can try out before you decide if you want to keep all, some, or none going forward.
Tip: Keep all of your Business Identity products after the 90-day free trial ends, and we’ll apply a 20% discount to your monthly costs and to your domain name’s annual renewal fee.
How Business Identity Pricing Works
|Business Identity Service||Trial Information & Pricing|
|Business Address||Free with Registered Agent Service|
|Website Domain||Free for 1 year; affordable renewal options after 1 year|
|Business Website & Web Hosting||90-day free trial; $9 a month after the trial|
|SSL Security||90-day free trial; $9 a month after the trial|
|Business Email||90-day free trial; $9 a month after the trial|
|Business Phone (VoiP Phone Service)||90-day free trial; $9 a month after the trial|
All services include Northwest’s commitment to Privacy by Default®, which ensures that client data is never sold – ever.
How to Sign Up For Business Identity
You can add Business Identity when you hire Northwest to form your business or act as your registered agent. Here’s how it works.
This gets you a free domain for one year and free 90-day trials for your website, SSL security, business email and business phone. It’s that easy.
Once you complete your Company Formation order, you’ll gain access to your online account, and we’ll walk you through the process for choosing your domain and setting up your email address, phone number, and business website.
You can access your website for the first time through your account. It will come set up with a pre-built Homepage, Contact page, About Us page, and more. You can personalize your website with a range of drag-and-drop options. And if you get stuck, our Corporate Guides are here to help.
Your business website, SSL security, email, and phone service are all free for the first 90 days. After that, each service costs $9 a month. Your domain name registration is free for a year. You can cancel some, none, or all of these services at any time with one click in your online account.
If you keep all services active after the 90-day trial ends, we’ll apply a 20% discount to your monthly costs and to your domain name’s annual renewal fee.
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Business Identity FAQs
What’s included in the 90-day free trial?
When you add Business Identity to your Business Formation, your domain comes free for the first year, and you get 90-day free trials for each of the following:
- Business website and web hosting
- SSL Security
- Business email
- Business phone
The 90-day trial items cost $9 a month each after the trial ends. If you keep all services active after the trial, we’ll apply a 20% discount to your overall costs.
What is a domain name?
In simple terms, a domain name is an address for a website. For example, our domain name is northwestregisteredagent.com.
Domains are typically purchased through domain registrars and can be leased for a year or longer. You’ll need to renew your domain name before it expires in order to keep using it.
What is web hosting?
A web host is an online service that publishes a website to the internet. Web hosting works by storing your website’s files and data on a physical server and transferring this data to the browsers of your site visitors. A good web hosting service will also have security measures in place to protect their clients from cyber attacks.
When you get your website through our Business Identity package, we’ll provide your web hosting service.
How much is my domain renewal at the end of the year?
The cost of renewing your domain name will vary depending on the value of your domain name. Domain names are unique in that they’re all valued differently. Some are worth a lot of money, while others are pretty inexpensive. When it comes time to renew, we’ll let you know what the cost of renewal is, and we’ll keep it as low as possible.
What is SSL security?
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is an internet security protocol that encrypts data shared between web servers to prevent it from being tampered with in transit. Say what? In simpler terms, SSL protects the people using your website from being hacked.
It’s important to have a SSL Certificate for your website, both to protect sensitive data shared on the site and to signal to visitors that your website is safe. Without a SSL Certificate, your website is less likely to show up in internet search results.
What is open source software?
Unlike proprietary software, which is owned by the company or person who created it, open source software is freely available to the public and can be used and modified by anyone. With Business Identity, you get access to open source templates to design your website, meaning you’ll still have access to the code even if you stop using the service. Plus, you have the power to modify the code if you want extra customization.
Why use a professional email address?
Using a professional address ending in your domain gives your business credibility and is a great way to promote your brand. Not only that, but professional email services typically have stricter security measures than personal email services, which is important when using email to store sensitive information about your business or clients.
Why get a second phone number for my business?
Having a dedicated business phone number adds a layer of professionalism to your business and makes it easy to separate your business calls from personal calls. It also allows you to store important contact information privately, rather than having it saved on employees’ personal cell phones.