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September 6, 2013 2:10 pm

How to Choose The Perfect Business Name

It might just be the most important business decision you make. It’s also one of the first decisions you’ll have to make in your new business, which can make it all the more stressful! I’m talking about choosing your business name. Finding the perfect name can take a lot longer than you think, and some of your favorite options may actually already be taken. Read the following tips to stay on track when it comes to choosing your business name.

Put some thought into your business name

1. Start Early

The earlier you start brainstorming different names, the more you’ll have to work with when it comes time to actually make the decision. We suggest carrying around a little notepad and pen with you everywhere you go. That way if inspiration strikes, you can scribble it down! Your first choice might not be available, so the more options you have to fall back on, the better.

2. What kind of business will you be?

Before you can begin coming up with a name, you have to figure out the type of business you want to be. If you decide to use your own name, prospective clients will expect a one-on-one relationship with you, the company owner. It implies that you work alone and will be available to personally assist each and every one of your clients. It’s a great way to start, but if your business grows down the line, this name might no longer fit with your services. Think long-term when choosing a business name.

3. Do Your Research

When you’ve chosen a name you like, your first stop should be online. Check if there’s a matching URL available, or if there’s another business in your area with a similar name. After all, you want your clients to be able to find you as easily as possible, so avoid any confusion by picking something unique.

4. Register

Depending on the type of business you’re running, you may not be required to register the name. Make sure you understand the rules, form, and documents required in your jurisdiction. If you are required to register your name, you’ll need to visit your government’s local business office to get the process started. This is when it becomes important to have a few back up options ready, because a name can only be used by one business.

5. Have Fun!

Don’t let the stress of choosing a name get you down! Let this be a fun, creative process that marks the beginning of your exciting new life as a business owner.

Did you know that QC offers full business training with each and every course? As a student, you’ll learn even more about choosing a business name, as well as other topics like creating a business plan, conducting research, and building your brand. To find the course that’s right for you, visit www.qccareerschool.com.

 

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