DBA (Trade Name)
What is a Trade Name (DBA) and How to File One
Trade name (also called “fictitious business name”, “assumed name”, or DBA for “doing business as”) is a legal way to do business under a particular name that you file with the state, county, or in some cases local municipality.
Its the easiest and most cost effective way to do business under a new business name without having to create an entirely new business entity. With DBA you can accept payments, advertise, and otherwise present yourself under that name.
Who can Register a Trade Name?
Trade name can be registered by any business, including sole proprietorships, general partnerships, as well as organized and incorporated entities such as LLCs, corporations, nonprofits and limited partnerships.
KEEP IN MIND: a DBA is just an alias, hence by itself it is not an actual business entity. It must belong and be associated with a specific legal entity.
Filing a DBA
We make it easy to register your DBA. We handle all the state, county, and in some cases, city requirements where a business is planning to use a name in addition to ensuring the publication requirements are met for the appropriate jurisdictions.
PLEASE NOTE: Many counties and municipal jurisdictions that register DBAs require notarization of DBA application with the local notary public.
In cases like these we will prepare all the necessary applications, enclose the payment (typically a money order) and stamped envelope, and will dispatch this package to your address with further instructions.
Typically you will need to notarize the application (you can usually do it for free at your bank), seal it in the enclosed envelope with enclosed payment and drop in mail. Once the package is received at the issuing office we will take over and proceed with monitoring the status of the application until DBA is successfully registered.
Advantages of DBA
For those on a budget registering DBA is a cost-effective and simple way to start doing business, without ongoing maintenance or the costs associated with forming a corporation or LLC. Converting the business to a corporation or LLC is easy, once your business is running profitably.
Sole Proprietorships: as a sole proprietor DBA allows you to use a business name rather than your personal name. Having DBA gives your business more credibility.
Organized Entities: DBA allows a single legal entity (corporation, LLC, etc.) to operate multiple businesses without creating a new legal entity for each business.
Disadvantages of DBA
As a sole proprietor having a DBA does not protect your personal assets. It is just a certificate you are legally required to file, allowing you to legally do business under a certain name, and helps you open a bank account, as an example. For real asset protection it is recommended to form a separate entity (corporation, LLC, etc).
DBA is geographically limited to the jurisdiction where you filed it. That means you can only operate your business under that name in that county or city, and for each additional county or city you have to file separate DBA (exception is states where DBA is filed on the state level).
Ready to Order?
Ready to Order?
We will prepare and file your LLC application in a professional manner, all you need to do is complete our simple order form.
Please feel free to contact our representatives to guide you via chat or telephone at +1 (877) 330‑2677.
Our company offers professional business filing services that ensure your company documents and applications are accurately filed and in compliance.
Ready to Register Your DBA?
An international business bank account for your company to send, spend and receive in different currencies, with the real commercial exchange rate. Do business without borders with Wise.
At Slice, we change the way you get paid. Slice is a full service Merchant Services provider offering competitive payment processing solutions including a Zero Cost payment acceptance option. Regardless of the type of business you’re running, we will help you find the right payment processing solution.
Get a U.S. phone number for your business via MoreMins!
MoreMins is a UK-based digital mobile operator offering:
– Virtual phone numbers of different countries
– Low-cost international calls and SMS
– Cheap eSIM data for international traveling
BUILD your Online Presence for Success!
Starting a new business? Let us use our decades of proven digital marketing expertise to help you create a successful online presence, a custom quality website, with online marketing you can trust.
We provide effective and proven, PPC, SEO, Email and Social Media advertising. No hidden fees, plus ongoing access to the team so you’re never in the dark.
Get the simple, powerful payroll you deserve.
Our firm recommends ADP because our clients get access to simple payroll and HR solutions that fit their business needs, backed by 24/7 expert support.
If interested, please click on the logo above and get in contact with the leading company in payroll processing.
Gild Insurance is a nationally licensed, digital independent insurance agency serving the small commercial property and casualty market. Gild provides online quote-to-bind services, available 24/7/365 with the aid of Gildber, the first A.I. digital assistant focused on small business. Gild’s digital services offer the knowledge, personalization and trustworthiness of a local agent, available when business owners need it and how they want it.
At GP Solutions, we partner with Fortune 500 Financial Technology companies that have successfully helped businesses for over 16 years. We use advanced machine learning software that analyzes your overall personal and business credit profile.
The software creates financial strategies that will strengthen your personal and business credit profile.
Our strategies will help you get the capital funding you need!
Get a Host that you can trust.
We recommend our clients to InMotion Hosting because they are an award-winning, reliable, and experienced Web Hosting Service provider.
Click on the logo above to receive access to discounts (up to 50%) for hosting services such as Business Hosting, VPS Hosting, Dedicated Servers, Reseller Hosting, and WordPress Hosting.