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    When starting the ground work for my company a couple months ago, my account was telling me to keep the name simple. I picked the name "Canaday Landscaping" I thought this was a good name, although I mainly at this point just do lawns and flowerbeds, it leaves me room for expansion. However, I have noticed that potential clients may see this a little differently. I have had people say to me when I'm getting in my truck at the grocery store, "hey I need landscaping done at my house, you have a card?" Should I maybe consider changing my name? I have the paperwork to get my certificate of assumed name, but I've been putting off sending it in until I feel good about this topic. I don't know if I should stick with "Canaday Landscaping" or go with "Canaday Lawn Care". Let me know what you guys think!
    Wayne
    Canaday Lawn Care
    "Treating your lawn, Like our lawn"

  • #2
    Well, first off, what's a "Canaday"?




    I figure it's either your name or an attempt to be clever by combining words.


    Don't feel bad though, I'm going through the same dilemma at this very moment - all the names I'm coming up with are taken already.

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    • #3
      [QUOTE=Hedgemaster;77141]Well, first off, what's a "Canaday"?

      It's my last name, account said to keep it simple.
      Wayne
      Canaday Lawn Care
      "Treating your lawn, Like our lawn"

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      • #4
        Is the accountant a marketing consultant as well?

        If my accountant told me how to balance my books more efficiently, I'd take that advice. If he told me how to trim hedges - not so much.

        Just sayin'



        Also, to answer your question, if you aren't doing landscaping, I'd avoid using that in your name.

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        • #5
          Is the accountant a marketing consultant as well?

          If my accountant told me how to balance my books more efficiently, I'd take that advice. If he told me how to trim hedges - not so much.

          Just sayin'



          Also, to answer your question, if you aren't doing landscaping, I'd avoid using that in your name.
          The accountant was recommended to me by the chamber of commerce, he is involved in marketing and consulting. He is a small business start up planner. Although I will say I have found some of what he has said to be untrue.

          But that neither here nor there. What do you consider landscaping? That is what i'm struggling with. I guess I was trying to name my company with expansion in mind. But I am leaning towards Lawn Care, in stead of landscaping.
          Wayne
          Canaday Lawn Care
          "Treating your lawn, Like our lawn"

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          • #6
            I would make it more specific to what you do for now. Its not like you cnt have more than one business name latter on. There is a company in our area call cleancut.... lawns, trees, landscaping, etc. Or you create one company and run a few different names out of it.
            Colton
            Mountain View Greenskeeper proudly offering yard care in the East Valley of Arizona.

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            • #7
              Good idea. I think changing it to be specific to the job i'm doing now is probably the way to go. I think it will make it clearer for any potential clients as well.
              Wayne
              Canaday Lawn Care
              "Treating your lawn, Like our lawn"

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              • #8
                There is no doubt in my mind if you have landscaping in your business name, people will assume you do landscaping over lawn care.

                If you want to get into offering landscaping, keep the name and grow into it. Otherwise you could go with something like

                Canaday Property Maintenance.

                The accountant was recommended to me by the chamber of commerce, he is involved in marketing and consulting. He is a small business start up planner. Although I will say I have found some of what he has said to be untrue.
                As a new business owner, what kind of advice did you run into from this person that you felt was untrue? I think it would be good to hear so others getting started, don't follow similar advice.

                Keep us posted on what you go with.
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                • #9
                  As a new business owner, what kind of advice did you run into from this person that you felt was untrue? I think it would be good to hear so others getting started, don't follow similar advice.
                  The main topic that i found he was not correct in was the licensing info he gave me. I live in North Carolina, and he stated that the town I lived in did not require me to have a business or privilege license. I asked him whether or not I would have to get a license in another town if I perform a service in that town. He told me know, it has to do with where the business is based. Happy with what he told me, my first and only job of the year this year (Started the business just 2 months ago), I was cutting a lawn, when a code officer pulled up and gave me a warning. I need to have a privilege license in each town I work in, if there is one available.

                  There were a few other small things, but I would just suggest to new people like myself, to not totally depend on someone else to tell you what you need. I suggest doing the research and make sure, if for nothing else, just so you know for a fact that you are on the up and up!
                  Wayne
                  Canaday Lawn Care
                  "Treating your lawn, Like our lawn"

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                  • #10
                    WOW How freaking annoying is that! A privilege license? How much does that cost? And this is simply for lawn care?
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                    • #11
                      WOW How freaking annoying is that! A privilege license? How much does that cost? And this is simply for lawn care?
                      It is fairly annoying, but any work you do in a town or city with a town hall must be notified you are doing work in there community (at least if you want to be legit). Forest City, NC use to charge $15 dollars a year, now they charge nothing, you just have to register in the town. Rutherfordton, NC however, you must pay $75 per year. These privilege license's are broken down to the type of work you do. Lawn/Care and Landscaping tend to be be one of the more pricey of them for some reason.

                      I found one website that described this as a privilege tax. They are taxing you to give you the privilege to do work in there town. Anyway to get money out of the guy/gal trying to make something of themselves I guess!

                      North Carolina has no state issued business license for lawn care, neither does the county. Everything is locality based. So when I go handing out flyers in an area, I check with town hall to see what if any cost there may be, so i know what I am getting into.
                      Wayne
                      Canaday Lawn Care
                      "Treating your lawn, Like our lawn"

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                      • #12
                        Very interesting! Do you get some license number that has to be displayed? How must it be or how do you prove you are licensed?
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                        • #13
                          You get a certificate. If you have a client who wants it for their record you generally photo copy it for them. You are issued a number, but I don't display it on my truck. With all the possible numbers you could get, it would just look to be a mess. What I do, is when I give a written estimate (which all of mine are) to a client in an area where the license is required, I state on the top of the estimate, licensed and insured. Looks more professional, and saves them from having to call and ask if I am or not.
                          Wayne
                          Canaday Lawn Care
                          "Treating your lawn, Like our lawn"

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                          • #14
                            Are you required to carry the certificate with you, as proof to any code enforcement officer or do they have a list with them that they go by?
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                            • #15
                              To be honest, I was never told whether or not I needed to carry them with me. I photo copied them and put them in my glove box, I'm not sure though.
                              Wayne
                              Canaday Lawn Care
                              "Treating your lawn, Like our lawn"

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