U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Covid-19 Information Page
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Economics > Business
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 07-16-2011, 01:23 PM
 
3,770 posts, read 5,821,009 times
Reputation: 3002

Advertisements

I would like to start a small business where I don't use my name. Basically I want to be anonymous. It would be just me running the business. Is this possible? Could it be similar to an author using an alias?

The reason for this is because I use my name for another business. My name is pretty unique and I don't want an association between the two businesses.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 07-16-2011, 02:22 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
33,079 posts, read 60,089,538 times
Reputation: 36539
Even authors at some point are identifiable, if they are legally a business and paying taxes on their income. You can incorporate and have many businesses with different names, but the corporation registration will be a public record, as is any web domain, and business license.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-16-2011, 03:05 PM
 
11,281 posts, read 46,195,899 times
Reputation: 15235
For a sole proprietorship, you could file a "doing business as" (DBA) trade name with the sec'y of state where you're setting up the business.

Or, you could incorporate and have a business trade name.

In either case, somebody looking for who the owner is would ultimately come across your name.

But for the purposes of a retail business, most folk will do business with the name you choose to have in the marketplace. So that "DBA" may be sufficient to keep your two business entities separated in the perception of the clients.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-16-2011, 03:14 PM
 
3,770 posts, read 5,821,009 times
Reputation: 3002
Quote:
Originally Posted by sunsprit View Post
For a sole proprietorship, you could file a "doing business as" (DBA) trade name with the sec'y of state where you're setting up the business.

Or, you could incorporate and have a business trade name.

In either case, somebody looking for who the owner is would ultimately come across your name.

But for the purposes of a retail business, most folk will do business with the name you choose to have in the marketplace. So that "DBA" may be sufficient to keep your two business entities separated in the perception of the clients.
the one that exist now is online retail mostly, of a product I make. i'd like to get out of that entirely, but i have to have an income while starting the other business. and it's not like getting a decent job is a sure thing to do in the meanwhile

the new business would be a similar, but more unique and improved product as the first business. i'd just be selling wholesale only but the prices would be a bit higher. that is because the product would be better/more unique improvement on the product sold on the retail site. i don't want the new customers (retail stores) thinking that I am undercutting them or selling retail also. maybe the issue is more that they need to know why the new product is different and better.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-16-2011, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Florida
2,291 posts, read 5,195,275 times
Reputation: 5254
Incorporate, keeps you an arms lenght away.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Economics > Business
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2020, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top