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    Simmo
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    How did you do it and stick with it?

    The one thing that is currently stopping me from going forward is a name. I will chose one then sit on it for a while and end up not liking it. What methods did you use to get your name?

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    Hey,

    I would also like some help with this.. I’ve been having a bit of trouble choosing choosing a name.

    Few things i’ve seen that i have found interesting/helpful are;

    – Pick a name that is short and easy to remember (even if it isn’t related).
    – Common words for your business in another language.
    – Names which incorporates the item you are selling e.g if you are selling you might call yourself Mouse computers

    Another thing which can be helpful is get a piece of paper and write down any name that is relevant or ones of current business’s as you will be able to draw on ideas from there.

    Good luck,

    Chris

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    What line of business are you in? Maybe we could help suggest some names for you…

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    And also do a domain search to see if it’s already taken.

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    My husband actually chose the name of my business. It was my birthstone & my favourite colour is blue. It just all seemed to fit!

    With any names that you come up with, you should check to see whether they are available to be registered before you fall in love it.

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    Re: Choosing a name?

    Felicity – what a great way to choose a business name! Love it.

    Simmo – I had a client who came to me about 4 years ago with a name he loved. It was instinctive and really what he wanted.

    But many people said he shouldn’t use it and all my logo development was virtually a waste of time and money. Fast forward after 4 years, having signage by a marketing company made to another name, changing everything, he decided it wasn’t him – came back to my studio and said he wanted to go back to his original idea that we had worked on together.

    Sometimes a business name really needs to be instinctive.
    But before registering it, make sure the domain name isn’t taken. If it is, then do a modified version of the name, still keeping it your own.
    For example, say the name was ‘Blue Blooms’. But the domain http://www.blueblooms.com.au was taken. What about Iris Blue Blooms, or Periwinkle Blue Blooms? Think about something that is still ‘you’.

    Cheers, Karen C.

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    Hi Simmo,

    As others have said I think you have to go with something that YOU feel comfortable with! At the end of the day you are going to be the one spruiking the business to all and sundry, so you have to love it. :)

    Depending upon your business category you may like to write down a whole lot of ‘words/ terms’ that fit in with it and see if anything comes to mind. As an example, if you are starting up a courier business some words that come to mind are jet, fast, speedy, reliable, on time, direct, door to door, rocket, parcel, letter, package, ship, send, move and on it goes :)

    I also found it positive to list a few names I liked and see what some friends and family thought about it. When I then narrowed it to a couple I told a select few what they were, left it for a week and then asked them if they could remember either of them as if your name has good ‘stickiness’ you are on the right track.

    Cheers,
    Kristian

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    Simmo
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    richkoto, post: 28105 wrote:
    What line of business are you in? Maybe we could help suggest some names for you…

    Event Management

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    Re: Choosing a name?

    KarenC, post: 28127 wrote:
    But before registering it, make sure the domain name isn’t taken. If it is, then do a modified version of the name, still keeping it your own.
    For example, say the name was ‘Blue Blooms’. But the domain http://www.blueblooms.com.au was taken. What about Iris Blue Blooms, or Periwinkle Blue Blooms? Think about something that is still ‘you’.

    Cheers, Karen C.

    Another option could be something more relative when it comes to the domain name if the intended name has been taken.
    A company called Blue Blooms may have the business name registered in Queensland (and have taken domain name) you are in SA. You can register and operate under the Blue Blooms business name in SA and register something like AdelaideFlorist.com.au or FlowersForSale.com.au.

    Sometimes I think business’ could recieve alot more type-in business if they ditched their actual trading name when it comes to choosing a domain.

    It doesn’t have to match … and sometimes (depending on the business name) it’s more beneficial to the business if it doesn’t.

    FredsFishingRodsAndSportingGear.com.au or SportsGear.com.au?

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    Simmo, post: 28130 wrote:
    Event Management

    Advent

    arrival that has been awaited (especially of something momentous)

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    You know I found it really hard to come up with a good and available name.

    My business is Shop1Auto which I don’t think is great but is the best we could come up with. The idea was I could use Shop1xxxx like virgin uses their name like Virgin Blue,mobile,atlantic etc. Also both the shop1 and shop1auto .com.au sites were available to register.

    A few years ago I took a hankering for “motor gear”. I did some searches and it didn’t show on the ASIC website (ASIC search). I registered the business name in NSW and bought the .com.au domain. It then took a couple of months to get refusal on a trade mark because it was already registered as a product made by a company making gear components. So even though I had been fairly thorough with my search and able to register the business name I could still have fallen foul with a trademark violation.

    So I guess have a couple of options and don’t fall in love with a name until you are certain.

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    Simmo
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    At the moment I’m leaning towards calling it “something events” I also don’t wish to have a double e so nothing like apple events.

    So just to double and triple check I will need to check that the domain name is free & how would I check that I can register it as a business name.

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    Simmo, post: 28090 wrote:
    How did you do it and stick with it?

    The one thing that is currently stopping me from going forward is a name. I will chose one then sit on it for a while and end up not liking it. What methods did you use to get your name?

    I love my business name! I wanted something unique and memorable and I do like to inject a bit of humour (maybe some cheekiness) into what I do. People often comment that ‘wordmistress’ sounds a little risque’ but when I mention webmaster and webmistress, it tones it down a bit in their estimation.

    My original tag line was ‘beating words into submission’ but I change it often.

    As far as a name for your business, can you tell us more about it? I wonder why no one seems to use more generic (less clever) business names anymore, e.g. Simpson Event Management (if your name is Simpson, wasn’t sure). Still, it’s a creative industry so a creative name would serve you well. And naming a business after your own name can be counter-productive if you sell the business down the track.

    Are you looking for something clever? A play on words? Upmarket?

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    Simmo
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    wordmistress, post: 28140 wrote:
    Are you looking for something clever? A play on words? Upmarket?

    How about all three? I would guess I’m looking for one word that I can put in front of the word events. I want to (when I get my education up) specialise in crowd & safety management as a big part of the business.

    Yep all the OHS stuff that people hate and don’t know much about it, I like it.

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    Simmo, post: 28138 wrote:
    At the moment I’m leaning towards calling it “something events” I also don’t wish to have a double e so nothing like apple events.

    So just to double and triple check I will need to check that the domain name is free & how would I check that I can register it as a business name.

    Use the
    ASIC Company name search as first port of call to see if anyone has a company/business registered with the name you want. I think a company name takes prescedence over a business name and a trade mark takes prescedence over a company name. A company name and trade mark is national and a business name is state based but you can check this out at the ASIC site and also look at the Fairtrading site for your state.

    You can check who owns an au domain here: http://www.whois.com.au/

    Good luck with the venture

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