When you are establishing and creating a new business in California, you have several different options to choose from, including sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability corporation (LLC), and different types of corporations. Another option, if you want to do business using a different name, is to create a DBA.
What Does DBA Mean?
DBA means you are “Doing Business As” another name different from the original name of your business. DBAs are a good idea when you do not want to associate your full name or other such details with your business. For example, Joe Smith wants to open a bakery and wants to name it Sweet Treats.
Without a DBA, Joe would need to name his new store Joe Smith’s Sweet Treats. In order to drop his name off the business, the easiest way to do this is for Joe to create a DBA.
DBA Examples of Businesses That Need a DBA
Just about any type of business can create a DBA for various reasons, including:
Benefits of Having a DBA
There are several benefits of having a DBA for your primary business when you want to operate using a different name, as follows:
How to Obtain a DBA
In order to obtain a DBA, the first thing you need to do is make sure you have obtained your California seller’s permit and business license. Once you have those, you can file for a DBA, either through your county or state government office, and pay a registration fee.
While it is not mandatory for a business to have a DBA, it does make operating a business much easier when you want to use a name different from your primary business name. For assistance in obtaining your California’s seller’s permit and other business filings, FastFilings.com can help. Just fill out our online form to get started or contact us at (415) 857-3301 today!