Once you decide which type of business you want to create, you'll need to register your business with local, regional and national agencies, and get the required licenses, permits and certifications. This process will vary based on local, regional and national laws. It may be wise to consult a business lawyer to properly register your company.
Pick a business name
Your company's name could be your future customers' first impression of your business.
Some business owners use their own name, or a combination of the business owners' names, as their business name. Others pick a name that reflects what the business does or what it sells.
If you plan on expanding your business or think you might sell it one day, you may want to choose a business name that isn't closely tied to the owners' names. That way, the business can build its own reputation with customers.
Before choosing a business name, you should also conduct several searches to make sure the name is available.
- Conduct an online search to make sure the name isn't already trademarked.
- Search to see which regional government website you should use to find out if the business name you want is available and allowed in your region.
- See if website domain names and social media names are available.