Thinking of starting a pet portrait business and need some names? We’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find a list of currently available URLs for this type of business.
Further down we’ll show you how to check other important things like if these names are trademarked, are they already registered in your state, and so on.
Now, on to the brainstorm.
80 Pet Portrait Business Name Ideas
To brainstorm this initial list we used the Shopify Domain Name Generator Tool. You give it a keyword and it checks to see if the URL is available.
Then it gives you other similar names using add-ons and synonyms to see what other .com domains are up for grabs.
No, we don’t recommend you build your website on Shopify. It’s geared towards ecommerce stores.
To be honest, we don’t recommend you have your own website till after you get business coming in and we’ll talk about that in a future article.
Also, don’t forget that these are just open URLs as of July 2020. You’ll need to check them again at bluehost.com, the company we recommend when setting up your website.
In addition you need to check if these names are trademarked (without the .com) and if they are available in your state to register with the Secretary of State.
We’ll show you how to do all that further below.
Now on to the names! You’ve waited long enough.
How To Brainstorm Your Own Business Names
Here’s a couple of seed terms to get you started:
- Pet Portraits
- Pet Painting
- Dog Portraits
- Cat Portraits
- Reptile Portraits
- Pet Sketch
- Dog Sketch
- Cat Sketch
- Pet Portraiture
- Dog Portraiture
- Cat Portraiture
How To Check If Your Business Name Is Available
Before you make your final decision be sure to follow these 4 simple steps to help protect your future business from trademark lawsuits and other issues that could crop up from using other people’s names.
Disclaimer – This isn’t a law firm. Seek your own patent attorney for true help on this issue. This is for informational purposes only. It’s what we do whenever we start a new business. Lawyers have better tools for doing more in depth searches.
Step 1. Is It Easy To Remember?
First stop – is this name fun and easy to remember. That’s invaluable for word-of-mouth advertising and likely that is how you will start locally.
Even online it’s way easier when you get an unlinked name drop in an article then potential clients type it in elsewhere to try and find you.
If you’re name is easy to say and remember, found you will be (done in our best Yoda voice). Boring, awkward, and long? Doomed you will be.
Also, do you like it? It’s way more fun to stand behind a name you love rather than just a name without a trademark and with an open URL. Dig deeper and see our tips on searching and synonyms above.
Step 2. Is The URL Available?
Next up, check if the URL is available. If you brainstormed using the Shopify tool we mentioned above you’re covered. It’ll only show you URLs that are available.
What if you have your own ideas? Simply go to here and Bluehost will tell you if it’s available. We love Bluehost as a starter site for new business websites. We have used it for years and it’s a great simple way to get started.
Two more steps to go and you’ve cleared your name and are ready to begin!
Step 3. Is It Trademarked?
Next up swing by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to check if your name has any trademarks or trademark applications.
You can search their database here. It only takes a minute. Of course you could also use services like Trademarkia.com. We never have so we wouldn’t know what to tell you.
This is where you ideally need a patent attorney. They could help you interpret the results of the search. Plus they have advanced tools for doing a much more thorough search.
We can only show you what we do but we can’t legally recommend you do this or anything similar.
There’s a deep dark world around patents and trademarks. If you find a creative name and it starts to really take off don’t be surprised if cyber squatters come in and register your URL, get all your social media outlets under than name, then demand huge chunks of money to sell them to you.
It’s way easier to check these things and set them up in advance.
Our friends at AuthorityHacker.com recommend getting your business name trademarked within the first year or two after you’re cash flow positive. Better to pay the money and be protected rather than have someone else try and steal it from you later.
And no, Authority Hacker isn’t in the business of stealing authority from anyone. They help bloggers and web publishers grow and build their own authority. We’ve been following their advice for years here at Petloverguy.com.
Step 4. Is The Business Name Available To Register In Your State?
Lastly you want to find out if this name you’ve found is available to register in your state.
To do that go to your Secretary of State office for your state. Do a business name search and see if your name is already registered.
If it is you must keep searching. No matter what your state will require you to register your business in their state to legally operate there.
Again, having a business attorney will be a huge boost to help you get through all this. They can even help you setup your LLC in your state.
For us personally, we’ve just used the search tools to check then registered with the State on our own. Get your own counsel on this!
Happy name hunting!