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Thread: Need a business name

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    Need a business name

    I'm going to do some occasional commission work for an interior designer and while she is willing to put me in her books under my actual name I thought it would be fun to have a business name. So far my husband and I have come up with: A Quilted Home..........East Hill Quilting (we live on east hill)......Quality Quilting (also known as Q Squared) ........but we seem to have run out of creativity. Now you folks, on the other hand.........help me out!
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    I like the sound of East Hill Quilting!

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    Don't forget that you have to check to see if the name you want is already taken before you can register it. And there may be a recurring fee to get a business name.

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    East hill quilts sounds more sophisticated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt View Post
    East hill quilts sounds more sophisticated.
    I agree with this.

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    When considering names, think of the long term effects of a name.
    (It's kind of like auditioning fabric for quilting!)

    Eg. #1 ... a potential client may reject your abilities, unknowing of your skills as s/he thinks of the kind of quilts Great Grandma had and does not want that! Meanwhile s/he has no concept of updated modern styled quilts, or the different applications of quilting techniques in the modern world.

    Eg. #2 ... is it only quilting you will be doing? While I know you are proud of that, it might be worth considering the other things you may branch into such as accessories (place mats, tablecloths, curtains) or other craft and art work. Yes, they may have quilty connections, but perhaps not seen as such to the clientele. Possible options I can see are East Hill Creations, Quality Creations, Creations by Paulswalia etc.

    Eg. #3 ... inclusion of geographic meanings are nice, but what happens if you move? I know several businesses that took the street name for their business and now are no where near that location. Another is called "The Spa in xxxxxx" .... and has moved from xxxxxx village to a different town about 10 miles away. Yes, confusing. Just a tad!

    Eg. #4 ... say the name many times over, as though introducing yourself, or answering a phone, or when making a call. Make sure it is not a tongue twister! Also, check that the words can be easily recognized and pronounced by others.

    Just some thoughts, from my own experience. My personal story is #4 ... I created somewhat of a tongue twister, even for myself. Also, I soon discovered that the business name while obvious to me, was not one that was pronounced "right" by many people! Plus many who got the pronunciation right, then switched up the spelling to match what their minds turned it into! OUCH!

    How exciting for you to have the new opportunity.
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    Good luck on your new venture! Hope you find that special name that suits perfectly.
    As mentioned above, make doubly sure the name you want is not already claimed. I've known a couple different people whose business name was challenged by another company (each time it was from out of state) and had to (or chose to in order to avoid litigation) change the name of their business even though they had the name over 20 years! The best way to begin the search for possible duplicate name is to do a Google search for that name.

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    My parents had their own incorporated business and just called it "last name Enterprises"

    That way it could include anything that they did to raise money and still fall under the title. I noticed my sis did the same thing. That is, if you aren't going to use it to advertise with--if it is just between you and the interior designer for the books. if you are going to start to market yourself, then one of the above mentioned suggestions sounds more "crafty".

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    Some advice from a bookkeeper and a sewing business as a vendor at craft shows. Keep your name for the business so you don't have people giving you checks in other than your name. If the checks are in the business name then you have to open a different account for the business name. I have my sales tax license in my name and use my own bank account and if you want another name for the business you pout your name and the DBA ( which means ) doing business as and then the name as (EAST HILL QUILT STUDIO) THIS IS ALSO IMPORTANT FOR TAX REPORTS. USE YOUR NAME AND YOUR SS # AS A SOLE PROPRITOR.THESE things are important.
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