Choosing a name for your small business is fun but there are guidelines to follow. Make sure you name the business for today and tomorrow; if you are planning to expand into other areas in the future, make sure you don’t limit yourself with a restrictive names such as “Wilson Hedges and Herbs”–Maybe “Wilson Landscape Details” would be a better option.
Here are some brief guidelines to get you started:
~Think of several business names that might suit your company and its products or services.
~If you will do business online, check if your proposed business names are available as domain names.
~Check with your county clerk’s office to see whether your proposed names are on the list of fictitious or assumed business names in your county.
~For corporations and LLCs: check the availability of your proposed names with the Secretary of State or other corporate filing office.
~ Do a federal or state trademark search of the proposed names still on your list. If a proposed name is being used as a trademark, eliminate it if your use of the name would confuse customers or if the name is already famous.
~ Choose between the proposed names that are still on your list.