Starting a sole proprietorship

by _black_rabbit. Posted on Sep 11, 2020    2    1

Hey all,

I'm an indie game developer looking to pursue a lifelong dream. I've decided on starting up a Sole Proprietorship and getting a DBA for my soon to be business. I'll be working solo, my background is in software and will be going into this with 0 business experience. I'm based in California with no plans on having a physical location but working from home instead.

I was hoping I could get some advice on getting started. A few questions I have are..

  1. How can I check if the business name I've chosen is available? How can I be sure its not trademarked and wont cause legal trouble in the future?
  2. Can I have multiple DBA's for my one business? The name I've chosen also has a clever variation that I would also like to associate with my business.
  3. What steps do I have to take to get this Sole Proprietorship setup and associated with a DBA?
  4. Are there any specific/favored websites I could use to get this done? Where do I begin?
  5. Should I trademark my name? Would it be a foolish move so early considering the reality that this business will likely 'fail'?


I'm really excited and appreciate all your time!


broken-ego 1

Humbly, I suggest focusing on taking a business course that covers the basics: accounting, finance, marketing, hr, tax, and entrepreneurship that covers things like venture capital, equity, and prep for pitching.

0 business experience or understanding means that your last comment will be a self fulfilling prophecy. Getting the above basics should happen before you register your business name.

Then, a good first stab at starting is doing a business model canvas. A single page that covers why you have an unfair competitive advantage, and the inputs and outputs of your coding glory.

After that, name your biz and register it.

All the best.