Entrepreneurs, if you decide to name our business any other name that your own personal legal name, the name of your legal entity (LLC or INC corporation) then you must register your chosen business name with the correct government office in order to make your business legal.
This business registration is called “Doing Business As”, or DBA. It means that you John Smith are “doing business as” Hamptons Wine Shop. You will hear a DBA named called other terms such as fictitious business name, assumed name or trade name. All of these mean that you have filed the paperwork for your DBA business license and are using that name for your company dealings.
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Why You Need a DBA – Doing Business As Filing
- Legally Required – The US government demands that if you are using any other name than your full personal name you must file for a DBA – doing business as – license to operate a business in your state
- Bank Account Must – Most banks will require your DBA certificate in order to open a business bank account.
- Expansion Possibilities – When you get a DBA Doing Business As, you can grow your business beyond your own personal name into a larger brand and company.
To File Your DBA – Form Questions
- What would you like to name your business?
- Are you registering a business name for the first time?
- In what state do you want to do business? If you will sell in multiple states, pick your home state.
- What type of business is yours – Individual Sole Proprietorship, Limited Liability Company LLC, Corporation or Partnership?
- What is your business address? Street address required. This can be your home address