Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Starting a lawn care business.

Starting a lawn care business. How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.

2 businesses with almost same name


Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 01-03-2012, 10:46 PM
beareyouseae beareyouseae is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Walla Walla,WA
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 5
beareyouseae is on a distinguished road
Default 2 businesses with almost same name

Ok, I just started a lawn care company in late 2011(November). I was already doing a little business that year, but not licensed, under a different name. When I got licensed(November) I had to change the name of the company, because there was already one with that name(although I never heard of it before). I changed it to Cutting Edge Property Maintenance. So, here is where the problem lies. A few days ago I saw an ad on-line for another landscape company with the similar name, Cutting Edge Lawn Care. I checked them out on-line on the department of revenue and saw that they registered last year on December just a few weeks after I registered my company. So not exactly the same name, but very close. Does anyone know how to solve this problem, as it will most likely cause confusion with customers on both ends. Any help will be appreciated, thanks.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 01-03-2012, 11:00 PM
bruces bruces is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 828
Rep Power: 0
bruces is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
the names are not exactly the same ,so I dont think you can do anything about it ,but wherever you registered your business name would have better knowledge of your situation .
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-03-2012, 11:08 PM
thegroundscrew's Avatar
thegroundscrew thegroundscrew is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Bellevue, WA (425) - 15 minutes from Seattle (206, my city's filthy)
Posts: 141
Rep Power: 5
thegroundscrew is on a distinguished road
Default

There are tons of similar names out there and it doesn't matter. My company name is The Grounds Crew but there is also The Grounds Guys and The Grounds Crew LLC in my area. But my customers are easily able to distinguish the difference mainly because of website and other social media sites. Not a big deal so don't worry about it just provide exceedingly better service.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-03-2012, 11:46 PM
beareyouseae beareyouseae is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Walla Walla,WA
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 5
beareyouseae is on a distinguished road
Default

Yeah I was kind of thinking that there might not be anything that could be done, but it is kind of weird that we both opened up around the same time and with similar names. Groundscrew, you bring up a great point. Quality is more important than the name which, will show the overall difference between the both of us in the long run. Hope this won't be too much of an inconvenience for the company this year.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-04-2012, 01:45 AM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Had the same problem my business Southeastern CT Landscaping the other South Eastern CT Tree service. We're registered in different towns but service the same areas. I had customers ask me about it before and I had to explain its a different company. Another confusing part is I have 2 green trucks and two red trucks. This company runs only green trucks.

I think youll be ok. They do sound like there affiliated with you like my situation. You just have to distinguish yourself. I would say groundscrew has it the worst. Since the LLC name looks exactly the same.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-04-2012, 01:58 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,951
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

I think if you register the name first you could probably get an attorney to force them to change their name, even if it is not exact.

You might even be able to find a cease and desist for a business name letter example on the internet you could use and send out.

Keep us posted on what you decide to do.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-04-2012, 06:44 PM
Ducke's Avatar
Ducke Ducke is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Duck Pond
Posts: 844
Rep Power: 0
Ducke is on a distinguished road
Default

This is why they tell you to think up a unique company name.
AAA lawn Care, Bobs Lawn Care, Cut above Lawn Care, Green Side Up Lawn Care etc all very generic.We have a Cut Above Lawn Care here in my town.
You have to think of something that will stand out. the name I really like is Justin's company name he did a play on words with his name "Justin Time Yard Services" very unique, I chose Ducke's as that is my nick name ( I take to things like a duck in water) and I researched to make sure there was no other just in case.

Just saying.
Graham
aka: Ducke
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-04-2012, 07:50 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Each state may be different, but in PA the ONLY way you can have a unique name is to pay to register it (I forget what the proper term for it is) and if I recall correctly, you can only do so if you are a company/LLC.

Sole proprietors can register the EXACT same name as the guy next door, but they can NOT use the same name as someone who has paid for a "unique" name.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-04-2012, 09:00 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hedgemaster View Post
Each state may be different, but in PA the ONLY way you can have a unique name is to pay to register it (I forget what the proper term for it is) and if I recall correctly, you can only do so if you are a company/LLC.

Sole proprietors can register the EXACT same name as the guy next door, but they can NOT use the same name as someone who has paid for a "unique" name.
This is the same in CT. Found this out talking to another landscaper then I researched in myself.

I did take the time to make sure noone had my company name. The people that do have something similar have no website, phone listing, etc. If I didnt see the truck I wouldve never known.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-04-2012, 11:35 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SECTLANDSCAPING View Post
This is the same in CT. Found this out talking to another landscaper then I researched in myself.

I did take the time to make sure noone had my company name. The people that do have something similar have no website, phone listing, etc. If I didnt see the truck I wouldve never known.

Yeah, as I was working on a name (wasn't interested in the "family name" thing), I found that nearly everything I could come up with was either not available (because it was a company with a "unique" name registered, or they were too close to me for my comfort. Just because I CAN use the same name as another guy doesn't mean it's a good idea.

I came up with Oak Leaf Lawn Service. There's an "Oak Leaf Landscaping" or something on the far end of the state, so I figured that shouldn't be an issue, PLUS if I should decide to become a company instead of a sole proprietorship, I can pay to have my name as a unique name since it's slightly different than the "other" Oak Leaf.

That said, I was in my local dealer once and saw a guy with an "Oak Leaf" t-shirt! I can't recall if it was "Lawn Service" or "Landscaping, or whatever, but it was a LOCAL number on the shirt. I was pi$$ed - I had spent a TON of time researching the state website to be sure I didn't duplicate a local business name. I assume he's running it illegally, because it would have been listed otherwise.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Some businesses are booming. StartALawnCareBusiness Starting a lawn care business. 3 02-15-2009 12:12 AM
Two businesses with same name Steve General Business Discussions 3 11-14-2007 04:51 PM
Themed businesses Steve Franchise Building, Entrepreneurs, Business Leaders, & Innovators Discussions 1 11-02-2007 02:28 AM
Advise to new businesses Steve Starting a lawn care business. 0 02-08-2007 01:18 PM
3rd generation businesses? Steve General Business Discussions 0 01-21-2007 01:43 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Whats up??
Cpadgett
05-27-2016 10:57 AM
Today 08:48 PM
by Cpadgett
4 69
Your Time Lawn Care
yourtimelawncare
Today 01:12 PM
Today 01:12 PM
by yourtimelawncare
0 16
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
Today 11:36 AM
by Steve
5 100
Firefighter gone Lawn...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
03-10-2016 04:50 PM
Today 11:32 AM
by Steve
8 9,716
help with sole...
greenbuds
03-24-2016 12:21 PM
05-27-2016 12:20 PM
by Wolf4dk
3 9,434
To mow weekly or Biweekly
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-11-2016 04:09 PM
05-26-2016 04:45 PM
by lawngawd7
9 368
Help a Brother Out -...
Hedgemaster
01-23-2012 04:19 PM
05-26-2016 04:34 PM
by Crossett73
91 33,754
Hello from Alabama
pruzilla
05-25-2016 01:20 PM
05-26-2016 08:14 AM
by pruzilla
2 70
Hello from Centreville!
Daveylawns
05-23-2016 09:04 AM
05-24-2016 04:08 PM
by Steve
1 90
Laying new grass, Sod...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-23-2016 10:07 AM
05-23-2016 08:41 PM
by Steve
1 83
I need some aeration...
rootytalbot
08-14-2015 12:32 PM
05-23-2016 09:06 AM
by Daveylawns
10 3,803
Prolin
rmccutchan
05-21-2016 04:53 PM
05-21-2016 06:36 PM
by rmccutchan
2 100
Upgraded to a new mower
Stevenor92
05-17-2016 08:17 PM
05-20-2016 07:08 PM
by Stevenor92
8 238
Intro
LaraRahmani
05-18-2016 02:54 PM
05-19-2016 02:43 PM
by Steve
2 132
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
05-18-2016 07:34 PM
by Stevenor92
4 210
New mower!!!!
Stevenor92
05-18-2016 03:46 AM
05-18-2016 06:39 PM
by Stevenor92
2 136
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
05-18-2016 02:59 PM
by LaraRahmani
1,249 435,270
Stupid idea?
hopolb33
05-13-2016 11:25 AM
05-16-2016 11:22 AM
by Steve
1 178
Planting SKYBOUND CEDARS
FrankieeLawnz
05-13-2016 03:59 PM
05-16-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 165
Edging Fad...
Tree geek
05-10-2016 11:29 PM
05-15-2016 11:12 PM
by Tree geek
2 211
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
05-13-2016 11:15 AM
by Steve
11 424
Hello from great state...
Cel1980
05-11-2016 09:00 AM
05-13-2016 11:07 AM
by Steve
2 183
Did this job free to...
JJand M Lawncare
05-02-2016 02:33 PM
05-11-2016 03:54 PM
by JJand M Lawncare
10 462
How to tell Cust. to...
GeeGood
04-09-2008 09:55 PM
05-09-2016 07:08 PM
by JJand M Lawncare
16 5,556
Echo SRM 230 trouble.
Jack Rabbit
05-08-2016 06:16 PM
05-08-2016 11:22 PM
by Just for Cuts
1 171
Toro ZTR Issues
rsanchez1203
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
05-07-2016 10:26 AM
by Steve
2 191
Correct way to quote a...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-02-2016 11:52 AM
05-03-2016 10:59 AM
by Steve
1 317
» Popular Tags
advertising become an entrepreneur best mower be your own boss break business education business help business management contractor hacks deck lift dethatcher edging entrepreneur entrepreneur education estimates free lawn care fuel problems fuel pump half moon blade hydro increase customers jjandm lawncare landscape landscape design landscaping landscaping design company landscaping richmond va landscping lawncare lawn mowing lawnservice lowering grade marketing mulch new business planting plowing raising grade residential lawn care richmond va richmond virginia lawn care roundup safety scag snowblower snow plowing snow shovel solo solo backpack sprayer start a business start a lawn care business start business start up swzt toro timecutter tree tree pics tree service video walk behind what to charge work from home
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:49 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:49 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy