How to register your business name.
Learn how to file a business name with these quick tips.
Naming your business is the fun part. Registering that name can be the tedious part. Take care of business quickly and simply with these tips for filing a business name.
File a business name.
The specific requirements for registering your business name will vary state by sta5e, so be sure to check your own state’s rules. Generally, it involves answering the following questions:
- Is it available? Make sure no one else in your state has formed a company with your business name. Search your state’s Secretary of State website, and check the U.S. Trademark Electronic Search System to ensure your name isn’t already trademarked.
- What are your naming needs? This will depend on your chosen business structure. The most common options are a limited liability company, a C-Corporation, a sole proprietorship, or a general partnership.
- How are you filing your business? Filing a name for your business will likely be the first step in registering your business, whether it’s an LLC, a corporation, or a partnership. So, when it’s time to officially register your business, you’ll have the name ready.