I'm going to be starting an Internet business soon .. what should I call it?

United States
August 30, 2011 12:56am CST
I'm going to be heading up an online business soon. Nothing is set in stone yet, but it involves flat spinning. Every business should have a name, right? What should I call my business? Actually a friend of mine and I will be heading up a division for another company, but we will be working for ourselves. Hers will be writing and mine will be spinning. Do I need a tax ID number to name my business? Or can I work off my SS number and still have a company name? I am an independent contractor, so that means I am in business for myself... so can I name my business under my SS number? What are some ideas for a company logo? PQ's Flat Spinning Services? PQ's Spinning Services? Quality Flat Spinning Services? If you were to work for me and I didn't have a name for my company, what would you suggest I call it? or is it even necessary? I really would like to have a company logo... sort of like having a new baby around.. something that is mine. Your thoughts?
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7 responses
30 Aug 11
Branding is a huge subject. One of my clients went through this a while ago and it cam down to a choice between two options: "it does what it says on the tin" or "it's memorable". He went the memorable route because, although a company name that says what you do is easy to understand, people don't remember it as well. He wanted something that would stick in people's heads, like Coca Cola, Kleenex, Kodak and so on. It seems to have worked for him - his is a franchise business and he's tripled his franchisees since branding the company. As long as your (online) marketing includes what you do as keywords, I tend to agree with him. I reckon it's far better to have a short, sharp name that sticks than a long name people won't remember and will have to search for every time they want your services.
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• United States
1 Sep 11
That's a great idea Spike, but I can't think of a short name for what I do. Maybe "The Spinning Wheel?" That sounds like sewing or something...lol.
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2 Sep 11
What he did was to ask some of the people he works with for ideas. He made a list and sent it to a dozen friends, then a week later asked which one(s) they remembered. He chose the one they found easiest to remember - and it has absolutely nothing to do with his business! That's where the marketing comes in, to associate the name with the work. Things like "The Spinning Wheel" are pretty neat, actually. Whirling Dervish, Dust Devil, Writing Hurricane, Storm Front, Spinning Top - anything that spins would work, I guess, if you want something vaguely associated.
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• United States
5 Sep 11
Hi Spike! I think I have decided on The Spinning Wheel. I have started a blog with that name for my spinning business now. I gave you the BR because I found you to be the most helpful to me. Thanks!
@Lauriedk (49)
11 Sep 11
Since you are in the US you have the same considerations I did when I went to start my business. You need to decide the kind of entity you want your business to be, Sole Proprietor, Corporation or LLC. It will depend on how many people will be in control of the business, how you will get your money from the business (profit or salary/wages) and the amount of personal liability that you will want to have. If you can figure these out I could help you determine the structure that would be best for you. If you want to work with me directly, send me a PM. Otherwise, you can continue this discussion and have many people's input into what to do with your business. It depends on what kind of assistance you are wanting. Or you could forge ahead on your own. It appears that you have already taken many positive steps for having your baby. I think you have got ahold of a very good idea for your business.
• United States
11 Sep 11
Hi Lauriedk! I think I will just keep my business as a freelance entity. I'm a subcontractor at present and I will be getting work for my team from a contractor. I will be sort of my own company but I will be heading up a new division of that company but as a contractor. Not an employee. My situation is such that I think I might do better as an independent contractor after thinking about things. I've thought about incorporating my name though. I have heard of people doing that as a way to protect themselves. Have you ever heard of that?
@buenavida (9985)
• Sweden
5 Sep 11
A catchy name?? I think the one you already came up with, is something that people will remember. I called my little business "buenavida" which is good life in Spanish, but I don´t know if it is catchy enough, maybe for those who understand Spanish.. Wish you happy working with your biz..
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• United States
5 Sep 11
Yes, I like yours. I like the one I picked also. I picked The Spinning Wheel.
@stephcjh (38473)
• United States
30 Aug 11
I like the name, Quality Flat Spinning Services". I think you can just use your social Security number for your TAX ID #. I think that was what I did when I had a website online. I would give the company a name so when people refer to it or want more information on it, they will know exactly who the company is and who owns and runs it and if they are legit or not. I hope it takes off and does really well for you.
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• United States
2 Sep 11
Hi Steph, I think I'm going to call it The Spinning Wheel. I mean, it kind of sounds like something for sewing, but I think it fits well with the theme of the business. The wheels of business will be turning and we will be doing lots of spinning.. so I think it fits. I started a Blog with that name.
• United States
31 Aug 11
Hi PQ! What I understand about business is that heaven forbid things did not work out you would want to use a tax ID. See if you use your social then if someone, heaven forbid sues you then they sue you as a person. If by chance the business when bankrupt then the business does, does not matter if it is yours but it will not implicate you as a person. As for the name I like Professional Article Spinning. It is to the point and says it all in the title. Best of luck and so proud of you.
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• United States
2 Sep 11
Thank you HWG! I've thought about that, and I've also taken a little advice from Spike. He said choose a short name that people would remember... and I thought of The Spinning Wheel. I'm proud of me too... I really hope I do well with it and the people on my team will do well also.
@Kalyni2011 (3496)
• India
1 Sep 11
Friend, i am happy to learn that you are starting an internet business, i pray the almighty to make it sucessful in all respects. About the name, i think you should PM Professor, he selects names of firms, homes, institutions etc on the basis of numerology.. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day. Kalyani
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• United States
2 Sep 11
Hi Kalyni, That sounds interesting. I think I have a name for it... I like it.. it's a catchy name. I'll ask Professor what he thinks. Thanks! PQ
• Australia
30 Aug 11
Flat spinning could be a somewhat confusing title... I'd actually call that article spinning. I'm guessing you'll be setting up a website for the purpose. Do you know what keywords you want to target? As far as a name goes... how about "PQ's article spinning service"... or, if you plan to submit those articles to article directories as well you could use "PQ's article spinning and submission service". If you are planning on submitting the articles also (and why wouldn't you when it's a way that you can earn extra money?), where are you planning to submit them? Take a look at http://www.automatedblogpostingsoftware.com/how-to-generate-traffic-get-backlinks-and-increase-link-popularity-for-your-blog that post details a site where you can submit your articles for FREE... it's basically the same concept as Matt Callen's 'My article Network' but that one costs $67 per month.
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• United States
30 Aug 11
You make some good points.. I'll look at the link in a bit... I'm just wanting to comment here. The keywords will be whatever the client wants... it won'[t be my work.. but the work for the client.. so the keywords would change from client to client.