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Friday, March 27, 2009

Business Tip #2: Your Business Name

What’s in a Business Name?

When starting your business selecting a name can be quite problematic. Should John Smith call his business Smith and Associates? It depends what he wants to do with his business in the future. If he would like to sell it, a business name based on the name of its previous owner will be a handicap. He should also consider, if he wants his business to grow, he may find all the clients want to deal with John Smith rather than some other unnamed associate.

If the name John Smith is well known on the other hand, this may be good for marketing the business, at least in the early stages. Your name might not be well known, but if you intend to make a brand of your name, then this strategy would also be ok.

Whatever name you choose, you will need to check the ASIC website to make sure it has not already been taken. Also check to see if the domain name is available. If it close to another existing domain name, it is not advisable to make just as small change, as people often will type in the wrong name and may not find your website if a similar domain name exists.

Often naming your business after yourself, will only impress one person (and possibly also your mum).

May Your Business Be – As You Plan It!

Dr Greg Chapman

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Dr Greg Chapman is the Director of Empower Business Solutions and The Australian Business Coaching Club and is Australia's Leading Advisor on Emerging Businesses and provides Coaching and Consulting advice to Australian Small Business Owners in Marketing & Business Strategies Planning & Systems. He is also the author of The Five Pillars of Guaranteed Business Success.

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