How to Name a Business in Your State
Follow These Three Steps to Name Your Business:
You should start by brainstorming at least 佩特科维奇4-5 potential names佩特科维奇. The goal is to come up with at least a few catchy and creative names. Then, we will help you make sure the names you chose are available.
A good 佩特科维奇brainstorming session佩特科维奇 lasts for about 佩特科维奇15-45 minutes佩特科维奇 and it’s important that you are comfortable in all ways— think snacks and water, a comfortable chair, your favorite pen.
Use a timer and then stop when it goes off. If you need more time, take a 佩特科维奇15 minute break佩特科维奇 and start your timer again. The more you brainstorm, the better.
佩特科维奇Creative Brainstorming Techniques:佩特科维奇
- 佩特科维奇Visualization. 佩特科维奇It might help to close your eyes and picture yourself as a consumer in the type of business you want to start. What are the words that you would use to describe the product, the services, and the atmosphere? Think of adjectives you would use to convey that kind of environment.
- 佩特科维奇Word-association.佩特科维奇 Start by writing a couple of random words. Next, write down words that tie your two random words to your business's mission, service, or product. This exercise is meant to tease-out buried ideas.
- 佩特科维奇Free Writing.佩特科维奇 Keep your pen on the paper until your timer goes off. Don’t limit your ideas, don’t analyze whether they are good or bad. Just keep writing.
- 佩特科维奇Get personal佩特科维奇. Draw upon familar experiences relating to meaningful memories and ways in which you could make others feel the same through language. Also, you can either use your own name, last name, the name of a mentor, or that of someone else who is significant to you.
- 佩特科维奇Rhymes.佩特科维奇 One popular form of word play to help you find a business name idea is rhyming. Think of similar sounding words that relate to your business and put them together. For instance, if you're starting a laundromat business, you can name it "Spinnin' Linen."
- 佩特科维奇Acronyms. 佩特科维奇A simple business naming method can be creating a standard business name and using an acronym. One example is TRUiC — The Really Useful Information Company — where it describes the purpose of the company.
- 佩特科维奇Synonyms. 佩特科维奇The most creative names are derived from synonyms that can describe your business by using more unique, similar words. One simple way to do this is by performing a Google search on words that describe or relate to your business. For example, if you're starting a business as a make-up artist, you may think of words that relate to beauty; some beauty synonyms include pretty, stunning, and gorgeous.
- 佩特科维奇Mind Map. 佩特科维奇Start with a circle containing the words “my business name.” Draw a line off of the main circle with each new idea. A web of ideas will form during your brainstorming session.
If you don’t love the name you choose the first time, most states allow you to set up a DBA later. A DBA allows you to operate your business under a different name without doing a full legal name change.
Now that you’ve come up with name choices, it’s time to think about some important tips for naming a business.
佩特科维奇12 Important Questions to Ask Yourself:佩特科维奇
- Is my name simple?
- How does the name sound when I say it out loud?
- Is the name easy to pronounce and spell and does the acronym look ok?
- Is my business name shorter rather than longer?
- Did I include a geographic location in my name? Usually, you shouldn't.
- What do other people think of the name?
- How does the name compare to other business names in the industry?
- Does the name convey my mission as a business?
- Did I avoid trends?
- Does my name contain obscure words?
- Is my name too narrow or too literal?
- Is my name memorable?
Most states allow you to set up a 佩特科维奇DBA (doing business as)佩特科维奇. A DBA allows you to use a name other than your business’s legal name.
If you don’t love the name you pick the first time or if things change that make your name obsolete, you can usually create a DBA name and legally operate under a new name.
佩特科维奇DBA For Your Business Structure佩特科维奇
Owners of formal business types like LLCs and Corporations sometimes choose to create multiple brands or rebrand their businesses with a DBA. Most sole proprietors and general partnerships need to use a DBA to create a brand other than their surnames. You can learn more about filing a DBA in your state on our How To File a DBA guide.
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An LLC is the simplest way of structuring your business to protect your personal assets in case your business is sued.
For your state's LLC naming rules, select your state from the drop-down above.
A C Corporation (C Corp) is a separate legal entity from its owners with a basic operational structure consisting of shareholders, officers, directors, and employees. A C corp business structure will protect your personal assets.
For your state's corporation naming rules, select your state from the drop-down above.
A sole proprietorship is the simplest business type in the United States. 佩特科维奇A sole proprietorship is an informal business structure佩特科维奇 and does not provide personal asset protection.
General partnerships are similar to sole proprietorships. The difference is that a partnership consists of 2 or more people. 佩特科维奇A general partnership is an informal business structure佩特科维奇 and does not provide personal asset protection.
An S Corporation (S Corp) is a tax structure, not a business structure. You can call your business an “S-Corp” but really it’s either a corporation or an LLC.
If your business is taxed as an S Corp, you should follow your state’s naming requirements for either a corporation or an LLC, depending on your business structure.
The first and most important search is on your state’s business name database. Most states require you to have a unique name for your business.
Visit our ä½©ç‰¹ç§‘ç»´å¥‡State Name Search Guides for instructions on how to search business names in every state to find out if yours is unique.
We recommend that you check to see if your business name is available as a web domain (URL). Even if you don't plan to make a business website today, you may want to buy the web address in order to prevent others from acquiring it. It’s free to search.
Next, a quick search on the U.S. Trademark Electronic Search System will tell you whether someone else has already trademarked your name. Once you know the name is available, you can choose to apply for a trademark for your business but the cost is sometimes too high for a startup or fledgling business.
Regardless of whether you will be registering, it’s good to know if your name is already taken.
To learn more about trademarks and the steps you will need to get one, read our How to Trademark Your Business article.
The first step to naming your business is figuring out what business structure you will use for your new company. After that, you will brainstorm at least 4-5 possible names. The more you brainstorm the better. Once you have some names, you can test the names against best practices, name availability, and state guidelines.
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Yes, you can sell or buy a trademark. A trademark is considered intellectual property which means it can be sold like property. It’s important to consult with an attorney before buying or selling intellectual property, especially trademarks.
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If you choose to use a limited liability company structure for your new business, most states will require that you use LLC after the name. You can also use the full term limited liability company.