There is more to thinking of what you what to call your company and using the name. You need to check business name availability to see if you can use the name. Coming up with a great name will not work for you if somebody else is using it.
Check Business Name Availability
The fact is, you could come up with the best possible name just to find out that it’s not available. We will look at generating a name for two different conditions.
Naming an Offline Business
First we’ll look at finding a name for a typical offline company.
If you’re only interested in having an offline business in your local area, then a company name that’s not trademarked can be used in your province or state even though the name may exist in another region or country. Remember any names that are trademarked for the country or throughout the world are off limits.
With your company name all picked out, it’s time to see if it’s available. For where I live, its a matter of going into one of the government buildings, Acess Nova Scotia or go online to your government website to the section that deals with businesses. You’ll pay a small fee for doing a title search when checking for whether the company name is available.
For the initial charge, you will have up to three separate name searches to find an available name. If you require a fourth search, you’ll pay another fee and start the name search process all over again.
This process takes about 3 to 5 business days to get any results back. Once the request has gone through you’ll be notified whether your company name is excepted or denied. If denied, you’ll need to submit another name.
When you do receive the word that one of the names you picked out is available, your next step is “Registering Business Name.”
Next we’ll look at adding an online presence to your company from the very beginning. Take note, I would advise if your planning on having a website for your offline business, to see if the names you come up with have the domain name available before paying for the name search. Checking out for a domain name is quick and easy to see what is available before purchasing your company name.
Naming an Online Business
The second scenario will be only having an online business.
If your interests are to have a website for creating an income, then it is a very simple and straight forward process to finding a company name. To take you through the full process of getting a domain name check out my post “What is a Domain Name and How To’s.” Here you will learn what it takes to pick the appropriate name to get an online business up and running. Most people believe you just select a possible domain name and you’ll have a successful online business in no time, but nothing is farther from the truth.
By checking out the link, “What is a Domain Name and How To’s,” you will learn what it really takes to make an online business work for you. You will get the full inside scoop to choose your name correctly to maximize your online traffic before you even submit your site to the search engines.
So now that we have covered some information about check business name availability, its time to get back to: