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(Message started by: darker_shade101 on Sep 26th, 2006, 8:42pm)

Title: Where Do I Start?
Post by darker_shade101 on Sep 26th, 2006, 8:42pm
I am a Graphic Designer and I want to go into freelance under a business name. I have a name I've chosen. Do I need to trademark it, copyright it, register with my state as a business? Im just not sure where or how to begin.

Title: Re: Where Do I Start?
Post by lyza2855 on Sep 26th, 2006, 9:28pm
First, this is a trademark issue.  Find qualified IP counsel to help you clear the tradename as available for use before you spend any money applying for protection of a business brand. Concurrently, make sure you are able to register the business under your choice of names with your Secretary of State's office. If all is available, file your LLC/Inc. or sole proprietor papers. You should probably also talk with someone well versed in the procedures of starting up a company.

Finally, I would get a copy of "The eMyth Revisited" which is a fantastic book that details the entreprenurial myth and why beginning businesses often fail. Good luck.

Title: Re: Where Do I Start?
Post by Isaac on Sep 27th, 2006, 1:14pm
In many jurisdictions, sole proprietor business names are registered locally (for example with the county) as DBA names, while LLCs, corps, and other registered entities names are registered with the state when the entity is registered.

You need to figure out how you are going to organize your business before you figure out how to register your company name and/or your company.   The default arrangement is a sole proprietorship or partnership.

Title: Re: Where Do I Start?
Post by JSonnabend on Sep 28th, 2006, 7:29am

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In many jurisdictions, sole proprietor business names are registered locally (for example with the county) as DBA names, while LLCs, corps, and other registered entities names are registered with the state when the entity is registered.

And just to make things more complicated, if you do business under a name that differs from the LLC/Corp name (which isn't uncommon, actually), you'll need to file your LLC/Corp papers and DBA papers.

Lawyers aren't required for any of this, but their services often are worth every penny in time and aggravation saved.

- Jeff



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