What does it take to make your business name official? This is what I did in 5 steps -
1. Secured and paid for a domain name, i.e. a "dot.com" name
2. Decided to file as a sole proprietor See Business Ready posts1 & 1a
3.Checked Internet on how to register a business name in California
4. Checked the Alameda County Clerk's website for name availability http://www.acgov.org/auditor/clerk/fbn.htm
5. Visited Clerk's office to register name (Required - an application, $40 fee and about 15 min time)
The Clerk's Office gave me 3 copies of my form: one for my records, another to open a bank account and a third to submit to my local newspapers to declare my business as a Fictitious Business. My business name is valid for 5 years.
All right, so after all of this step-by-step info, what name did I choose for my business? It took some brainstorming, wondering and stressing but the name that finally came to me is Optimal Habits. For me, it's exciting and scary to have a business name. We'll see what the future holds. Am hoping for the best!