To start a business, you will need to register it. According to the United States' Small Business Administration (SBA), registration is essential to protecting your business and establishing yourself as a professional. Fortunately, it is not complicated.

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1. Research your Business Name

One of the first business registration steps is to research the name you want for your business. A simple Google search will not be enough. You need to check your state's Small Business Administration website. Find out whether someone else has already registered it. Remember to be precise about spelling. Also, keep in mind that the registration process is entirely separate from registering for a trademark.

2. Register at the Courthouse or Online

After you research your business name, either go to your local courthouse or visit your state's small business site. Some states don’t require that you register the business name, but registering it can offer you added protection. When you fill out the application, make sure to spell everything correctly. The way you spell your business's name is inflexible when it comes to legal documents. According to the Uniform Commercial Code, misspelled business names on a credit form, financial agreement, or the like can be sufficient to undermine the entire agreement. The agreement is then insufficient to put creditors and others on notice.

3. Use Your Name

The final business registration step is simple--start using the business's name. Also, when you use your own personal name, make sure to include your official title within the business and the DBA business name. This helps you avoid blurring your personal and business identities. If you don’t make the separate clear, you may end up losing some legal benefits and protections.

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