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Hi Robbie,

No, your actual name does not have to form a part of the business name… think that Gordon was just using “Joe” in there as an example.

Assuming they are available of course, you could have two entirely different names that don’t include your personal name, such as your example of:

my 1st business – North East Fishing
2nd – Tool Hire Centre

If you registered two companies, you would ultimately be creating two separate entities -each would then need its own ABN…

If you want both business to ultimately come back to you as the sole trader on the one ABN (so your records, income, expenses etc will all attach to the one ABN for both business) then you can just register the two business names, whatever they may be, in your name and with your single ABN.