Choose a Name

Choose a Name


100 Comments

  1. EricaDinero TV says:

    I named my website after me, because I discuss various topics. simply Iamericakelley

  2. Jake K says:

    I picked a few names I liked, & then let people vote on them to decide which I should choose.

  3. rcknroll35 says:

    Hey Marie, i was EXACTLY in the process of finding my new company name. I want o be a web consultant, but the problem is that my name is french and somehow confusing for english people to spell it. "Alain" is my last name (confused for "alan", "allan" etc). So i wanted to use my name as a domain but im afraid ill miss lots of referal if people cant get my name right. What do you think?

  4. Stacie Frazier says:

    I already named by business Haute Shots, but as I have grown with my business, I often wonder if I should have just gone with my given name, Stacie Frazier. As an artist (photographer) my given name makes sense, but as a movement for women, I liked the name I went with. Haute Shots makes more sense for the TV show based on it too. But, here I am still questioning if I made the right choice or not. Sigh. Any advice for changing the name after a business has already begun Marie?

  5. Laura Wallis says:

    What's in a name? Everything sometimes. Just read about when they launched the
    "Got Milk?" campaign into Mexico, it instead accidentally asked "Are You Lactating?

    Needless to say, it really didn't help sell milk in Mexico.

  6. Kimber Lee says:

    Love this!!

  7. Dylan A. Kent says:

    The only problem with using your name is that if it's sold, you may lose the right to use your own name. Or if you have sold the business and then you become involved in a scandal, there's an outside chance that the business might come after you to say that you are in some way damaging the brand. I forget the example instance this happened, but I know there was a legal case like this. I think a company name SIMILAR to someone's name but not my exact name, if that were the case.

  8. Dylan A. Kent says:

    Put in google the search term: Overview of Trademark Law – the first one should be an entry from Harvard and it has some very interesting information.

  9. Ilia Garcia says:

    I named my business Ilia Garcia "The Spiritual Diva".

  10. Amber Hale, Health Coach says:

    Thank you for this! I just decided on a name for my new nutrition and health coaching business and was still feeling unsure about it. I am excited and feel like I made the right decision now!

  11. Alison Thompson says:

    Hey Marie, I love that the video is only 4.10 secs but the message is succinct and powerful. I love watching your videos. Keep smiling, Ally

  12. Bento for Japan says:

    I'm Surprised your not doing the Harlem shake like the rest of YouTube.

  13. Gabe Johansson says:

    I use my name dot com, and the main issue is there is WAY too much freedom. I'm on my 3rd topic… I went from Internet marketing, to email marketing, to list building specifically. I guess fine tuning your focus is good, but readers/prospects/customers can get confused. Thanks for this video!

  14. Dagmar Gatell says:

    Just another amazing video from Marie Forleo 🙂 As a SEO expert I often receive this question. And I totally say the same as you did: Depending on your industry and your long term goal! 2 important things to be aware of and to think about. Thank you for sharing!

  15. Jesus Solorio says:

    Awesome Video! I'm starting my own advisory firm so one thing that I am struggling with is the name. I am not sure if I should simply name it after me or create a business name. Thanks for your awesome insightful advice!

  16. SimplyBakings says:

    awesome thanks for sharing!!! very helpful!!

    -lainey

  17. Stephanie Craft says:

    I'm currently wondering how to start my youtube page with my business name … but Google won't let me do that. Anyone know the secret on how to do that?

  18. Sondra Sneed says:

    Such well-reasoned advice. I now know what to tell someone in this quandary. I've always used my name, in fact when I got married at the ripe age of 42, I kept my name because it was too tide to my business. Besides, when you've been a Sneed for as long as I have, you just can't shake it loose.

  19. Sondra Sneed says:

    Btw: the part about change…absolutely true. I moved from photographer to graphic designer to writer to now a Godscribe and author, all under the same name.

  20. Jana Kingsford says:

    I so love this concept! I'm in between whether to take the dive and name my business Jana Kingsford or keep it under the 'Mums Juggling Act' banner… I notice alot of your graduates have called their businesses their own names… Possibly a confidence thing they learn from BSCHOOL! Hope to be in BSCHOOL 2013! 🙂

  21. desertrose0601 says:

    I'm still trying to figure this all out, but this video helps a lot! I'm halfway through design school, so contemplating starting a graphic design freelance business. That's basically been what I've been trying to decide… do I name my business after myself or pick something creative? Anyway, you've given me a lot to think about – thank you!

  22. LaurensDesigns says:

    Yes I have!! I have face painting company,, and use my name,,,people are always tellng me I should change it…however…nothing else ,,that is not taken,,,ever seems fitting to me. So I stick with it.

  23. Aurora Rose Truth says:

    The timing of this is just so perfect, thank you Marie :3 you rock!

  24. TheUpscaleBeautyBar says:

    Serving as an 24hr Salon w/Boutique, Cafe & Lounge Elements Providing
    Affordable Quality Beauty/Fashion to Men & Women.

    After i created this statement I knew I was going to name it The Upscale Beauty Bar

  25. Nathalie Villeneuve says:

    Great answer to a question I have also been struggling with …This makes sense and it's seem to be a good way to go. What about if my name in easy to mispell or if people cannot remember how the spelling goes? Thanks Marie

  26. Ebenia says:

    Maybe you should do a little googling on how much stuff Marie has done and does!

  27. TropiSims says:

    I am currently working on starting my own company. I want to focus the most on freelance graphic design (it is what I love, and went to school for), but I don't want to limit myself to just graphically design in the future. I don't want to use my name though. I haven't decided the name yet, but I DO know I want to call my business by a one or two word name, using a made up word or something similar. Something that stands out, and is memorable. That way, it won't limit me in the future! 🙂

  28. 250WMe says:

    Thank you for being you.

  29. MSGOODBAR says:

    In real estate you do not want to name your company after yourself because you want to make it hard for others to sue you.

  30. Kelita Kellman says:

    Makes sense, this is a question I get from a lot of people I work with. Great video!!!

  31. Francine Yonkey says:

    I'm having trouble naming my business i change the name 3 times already. thanks for this tip

  32. Anonymous Anonymous says:

    Thanks, this is really helpful 🙂

  33. systEmise says:

    Very practical and timely tips. Thanks for sharing Marie! 

  34. Amanda Macdonald says:

    Dear Marie. I have two company names. One that didn't head the way I wanted and so I started a new one based on a local focus, but after doing b-school I plan on doing something online to grab a more global audience.

  35. Charlotte Forbes says:

    Thanks! You're awesome 🙂

  36. Vegan Bananas says:

    Awesome video! I chose to use a business name since it was easier for people to remember. My name is easy to misspell!

  37. Stephanie Aberlich says:

    Ok so the next question is, do I use my full name or a nick name?  My full name is long and hard to pronounce, or I can use a nick name + my middle name (which is shorter and catchier), though it could sound more childish too maybe to some.  What do you think?

  38. ItsAJadaThing says:

    Thank you sooooo much

  39. Caressa Clark says:

    My god you look fabulous!  The hair, the dress,… and great advice in the video!  I think the ego wants to use your own name, but it's not always best as you pointed out.

  40. SPMG Media says:

    Just stumbled upon your videos today. I've been listening to one after the other. You're fun and on point! SHARING! Hope to meet you one day.

  41. Aakash Dhanuka says:

    How should one name a business in ints initial(budding) stage so as to not look amateur to anyone.( I hope you get my point )

  42. Mr-Mrs Patxot says:

    My name is so not catchy hahahahh I would like to name my business my name but it's not that cool haha

  43. BlackBrunnette says:

    Hello Marie. I'm starting to make my own products for natural hair. Starting out in my kitchen, but I also want my name branded now. I have one in mind, could you tell me which website to go to in order to see if that name has been taken. Also the price of branding. I just found you channel by the way.

  44. Marcos Rissi says:

    Marie, You could expand on this as it s a huge subject. Thanks Marcos

  45. S J says:

    Can I have my name for my company, a company that deals with industrial goods etc? And Oh by the way.. Marie you're cute.

  46. runrockwater says:

    i'm conflicted btwn using petite friendly vs height friendly coz i want to attract both demographics but i want emphasize on petite bcoz it's not an issue faced by a tall women over petite women

  47. Ozgur Gultepe says:

    What if your name is hard to say in english?
    What would you do then?

  48. Just Jake says:

    This question literally kept me up all night last night… and then I see this video on the homepage this morning lol

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  50. Heather Shoopman says:

    thank you

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  52. Sandra says:

    hi there, see when you crating a business for graphic designer. Is it best to put your unique name followed by design or your personal name followed by design or leave design blank. I don't know if I put designs customers will know I do design work, plus i see some designers that put there name folowed by designs. So for example Katie designs. I have a business name just don't know if I should put design at the end or not. Great video by the way!

    thanks

  53. Suzanna Kiraly says:

    On the flip side, the disadvantage of naming your company after yourself is that if something goes wrong that hurts your reputation, then your company can take a major hit because your name and reputation are strongly tied to your company. An example is what happened with Martha Stewart. Also, it can be harder to sell a company that is your name because buyers may not want to buy something that has your name all over it.

  54. Meghana Pawar says:

    well.. I decided to name my website ideasthroughwords.com bcz I wanted to express my ideas to the world and help everyone through words !! hence the name 🙂 indeed a great video marie!! thanks a ton for all yr awesome resources

  55. dorotheaeli1 says:

    My name is always very difficult for other people, so I have to come up with a better name for my blogs website. I want to be a writer. Any ideas where to look? Hav not been able to solve this problem really.

  56. Monique Simpson says:

    I don't like my name, so I created another name for my business. (I'm a writer and my full name doesn't have a flow.)

  57. elisabeth babel says:

    i'm still thinking about it .

  58. Alex Erwin says:

    I thought you said "todays question comes from tomorrow" in the beginning lol

  59. Muhammad Usama says:

    thank you

  60. Ashwini Patil says:

    i want to start an architectural firm…what should i name it….i have thought of "MIRRor architects-we reflect what you think "
    Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee helpppppppppppp helpppppppppppp pleaseeee replyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  61. Thomas Rasinen says:

    Timeless and #relevant.

  62. Raymond Chandler says:

    The background is my shower curtain

  63. akbar alam says:

    i am still struggling 🙁

  64. Rodly Anne says:

    I had an idea for my blog. I just mix my name together and it sound so pretty that I really wanted to make a blog. BUT, it was already taken. Gosh!

  65. shabana farid says:

    I want domain of my company suggest I am confuse .starting a business I want my website help

  66. hope igbinedion says:

    thanks

  67. Yak Motley says:

    Awesome video! You nailed it! Thanks for answering my questions! I am currently trying to figure out the paperwork around this youtube channel!

  68. GamerKitti says:

    Fantatic advice Marie! Thanks for sharing. Looking gorgeous as always

  69. Amanda Mac says:

    THANK YOU! Amanda Mac it is 💃🏻

  70. Bloggin Brandi says:

    I went through several names before deciding on one to use. I changed it three times after launching my first site. Wish I would have know how to choose a business name to grow into when I started. I chose to use my name and my brand over a company name.

  71. Mk. Rowe says:

    I don't feel like the question was actually answered.

  72. Julie Doran says:

    Decision made! Phew. Thank you 🙂

  73. james snap king_jam99 says:

    I just started with amway what should my website be

  74. Jody Yarborough says:

    I'm new to team Marie but I'm such a fan! thank you for this video. It really helped me 🙂

  75. hardik bhanushali says:

    have started manufautring of boys shirt kids age group 4 to 18 but not able to name the brand pls cam u help me

  76. TheSvartdemon says:

    Helped alot , thx lady

  77. Abraham Garay says:

    Thank you!

  78. Fahad Al Othman says:

    Hi, soo glad that I found your channel .. and I need a straight advice. My name is "Fahad" (Leopard in Arabic).. how do you feel about "Fahadography", for Photography? it's available in all platform

    Thank you!

  79. choooseaname says:

    Hi

  80. Ali Ahmad says:

    Hey Marie! After watching tuns of your videos, I finally landed to the most concerned video "Choose a name" and got puzzled. Well! I am soon instigating a Medical devices (Surgical and dental instruments) export business internationally (It's a small scale business), and I am terribly stuck up at deciding the name. I need your help in this regard so as to choose the perfect name expressing my long term vision as well as my products.

  81. Timothy Littlefield says:

    What if I created a business name and had a small company find me a domain name that may be a little off, for example, I am a newly real estate investment company called "First Stream Real Estate Associates, LLC" and my registered domain name is "dads_house.com". Is it me or does it sound off?? With that being said, should my company name be different from my domain name? I ask the company why did they choose "dads_house" for the domain. They responded saying both words generate a lot of traffic on the web. What are your thoughts?? 

    Thanks,

  82. Brian Mercaldi says:

    Very helpful

  83. MD. SHAHZAD says:

    Is it better to name our own to from my family members name?

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  85. Positive Chick says:

    Awesome tips -always Marie. Love you. 💕

  86. Nicholas Papadimitriou says:

    My problem is: 1) My name is [email protected] long 2) How do I make it clear what my business does just from my name?

  87. Andrea Gonzalez says:

    What if you name is taken? Even across of all social media outlets. 🙁

  88. Ambesh Tiwari says:

    Love you

  89. dilys benibo says:

    Hi marie,can i use my name for my business . I make shoes.. handmade leather shoes,belts and bags.

  90. Erica McCoy says:

    Okay, your laugh is life!! Lol fyi

  91. Ninof33 says:

    I changed my last name after I got married and the next day I said one day I will be a CEO of Nino Fisher Inc.
    Was thinking two have different businesses under the name. (I am THE biggest dreamer there is).
    Years later – I kept the name and own Nino Fisher Inc. Still working on my first business and a second one is about to be planned. ❤️

  92. jalabi99 says:

    Whether you name your company after yourself or not, buy your domain name with your name in it before someone else does! So if you're John Jacob Jingelheimer and you want to start a travel company, buy both JohnsTravel dot com and JohnJacobJingelheimer dot com.

  93. ashly.e kadyamatimba says:

    well explained!

  94. Mindaugas Arlauskas says:

    scruoppp

  95. Maritza Martinez says:

    I want to start my own business I been praying for God guide me then I saw your video.

  96. Freedom Lovin' says:

    Helpful but doesn't quite answer it for me. For example, who are you going to sell marieforleo.com to? No one would want because they are not YOU, and you also wouldn't likely want to sell your name domain as who knows what they might do to your reputation. Could you sell a part of your business? Do you have different urls for different programs so they could potentially be sold later? Otherwise, I'm sure you are wildly successful, but you biz is you, and can't be sold or passed on if you have kids or others you want to run the business later.

  97. Dianne Daniels says:

    Just found this video, and it's really good. I originally named my company after what I did – Image & Color Services. I stuck with that one for quite a while, then when I rethought my inspiration and my focus toward coaching, I became the DivaStyle Coach, and the company was The DivaStyle Coach. Now, with my latest iteration, I'm moving away from one-on-one services and more toward education and self-paced courses instead of 1:1 coaching and consulting, so I'm rebranding to DivaStyle Academy. I'm really loving the new name and new direction, and it gives the potential for the company to live on after I'm gone.

  98. Boss Life TV says:

    i kept watching the ipad thinking it was going to fall off her knee!

  99. IncomeBeast says:

    I also struggled with deciding on using my own name or business a name🤔 Great tips

  100. Karan Sarin says:

    If you're building a web-based business , try namewink.com
    It generates simple and unique brand names like Facebook, PayPal, TechCrunch, Zendesk, Dropbox etc
    Instantly gives you some cool name ideas to choose from.
    All the best!

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