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Thread: Business License

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    Ok... over the past year I have been home again with your two youngest. We've had a rough year and I knew I'd need to work somehow, but really feel it's time for me to stay home. I was going to sub again this year in a private school where I taught about 15 years ago. Then two parents asked me to tutor/teach their children along with mine. Not as good of an income as subbing but it's steady and it's income we can count on. PLUS, it allows me to be home. I can still sew because the children are all old enough to do alot of their work on their own after I show them how. I am getting the embroidery machine in two weeks and am hoping that will bring in more requests also. I am looking to get my business license but need a name - can you all help? A cousin of mine who just began selling quilts suggested Candy Corn Quilts - as it brings to mind fall, smells, colors and she figured the colors would be great. I agree but I live in FL where there is no fall. Yes, I can do this on Etsy but... I'll need to be local too. I live about five miles from the ocean, I love fall, I want this to include quilting, embroidery, and other sewing items. I thought about a name with gifts in it... then I can be varied. Handmade Gifts and then have the three words Quilting * Embroidery * Sewing underneath?Something like that - any suggestions?

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    I am not creative in the way with words. I wish you all success in your endeavor. Good for you staying home with the children. I was able to do the for the most part and I consider it a true blessing that I could.

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    I don't know about the requirements in your state, but I think you have to have a unique name that no one else has registered. So in that case you might want a name like my friend has for her shop...Miss Stanley's Creation Station. She is a retired teacher and has a small teacher supply shop with a large area in another section for doing all sorts of creative things...bulletin boards, scrapbooking, die cut shapes, etc. My MIL used to have a used book shop named Lola's Pearls of Wisdom.

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    How about Q.E.S. Handmade Gifts? Letter head could be large capital letters, followed by smaller letters to read

    Quilted Embroidered Sewn
    Handmade Gifts

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    I don't like the Candy Corn Quilts name -- too limiting in terms of the picture it conjures. I do like your idea of putting Quilting *Embroidery* Sewing underneath. Your idea of Handmade Gifts may be the best. Here are the few variations I could think of:

    Handmade Gifts from the Heart
    Rainbow Gifts
    Over-the-Rainbow Gifts

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    Like the thoughts here so far - thanks.

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    How about:

    Mom's Heartfelt Handicrafts
    Specializing in
    Quilting * Embroidery * Sewing

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    I would definately do the Quilting*Embroidery*Sewing under it. Here is what my daughter and I thought of:
    White Sands Gifts
    Sunset Gifts
    Colorful Collections or Collectables
    Beautiful Bounty
    Sorry....that's all I've got...LOL :)

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    I think I would avoid using "handmade" in the title.

    Maybe use one of the following instead: custom - specialty - unique -

    Is this to be a service shop - or stuff/things AND service?

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    How about " A Quilting we will Go"

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    I like White Sands Gifts - I also agree with avoiding "handmade" I like the idea of specialty, unique, etc... hmmm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I think I would avoid using "handmade" in the title.

    Maybe use one of the following instead: custom - specialty - unique -

    Is this to be a service shop - or stuff/things AND service?
    I agree. Using the words custom and specialty imply that you will do what suits your customer.

    If you are only going to be online, your second line in your title would include words describing your expertise.
    If you are also going to have an onsite shop you might want to include specific words in the main name/title. When we are travelling and I want to visit a quilt shop or specialty shop, I use my GPS.
    If the shop name doesn't have the word 'quilt', 'stitch'or 'sew' in it or a derivative of, it won't come up when I do a GPS search using those words.

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    Sea Side Quilts and Gifts

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    Are you going to have an actual place of business where customers can shop or just work/sell from home/online? If you are just getting a business license you don't need to put Quilting * Embroidery * Sewing as part of the name of the business but it would be okay on a sign or letterhead.

    I would keep it simple like Oceanside Stitches and Gifts, or Sue's Corner, or even just Your Name Enterprises. If you sell online on sites like Etsy or Ebay you don't have to use your real business name, in fact I read somewhere that you should not use your actual business name online.

    This is all just my opinion.

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    How about using your screen name, This Mom Quilts. I love your screen name.

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    Keep the business name short and catchy.

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    Good Luck !!

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    Ocean Breeze Quilt and Gift Shop

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I don't like the Candy Corn Quilts name -- too limiting in terms of the picture it conjures. I do like your idea of putting Quilting *Embroidery* Sewing underneath. Your idea of Handmade Gifts may be the best. Here are the few variations I could think of:

    Handmade Gifts from the Heart
    Rainbow Gifts
    Over-the-Rainbow Gifts
    Village Artisan Studio, quilting-embroidery-sewing

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    I like ocean breeze ouilts.How about Sewing by The Sea

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    If you live five miles from the ocean, that's kind out of sight from the water?

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    These are great names!! :)

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    Wonderful suggestions here - I love the seaside, oceanside, sands, village kind of thoughts. I MAY be able to put some of my products in my husbands shop and hang a smaller sign there. I am definitely looking into the whole Etsy thing - I feel Ebay is too expensive. Thank you all for your great suggestsions for names and the unique, specialty ideas too. You are a great help!

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    Ocean Breeze Creations

    uniquely individual
    embroidered, quilted, & sewn
    gifts for the discriminating giver

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    White Sands Gifts conjures up for me the little craft shops on the beach that make seashell gifts and tee shirts. Sorry. And if you put quilt in the name they think that is all you do what about White Sands Artisan?

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