I really dont know what to do, change my business name or not,
I am known as Wazza Bears, but this was the name I had when I was with my EX and his name is warren. As some of you know I am having a very hard time with him, and I really want to rid of him. And that includes my business name, But scared of changing my name and I feel like I will have to start all over again, but then again that could be a good thing too, new name, new start. I really dont know.... Its just hard to make a decision about it, I would also have to change my website address and everything else but yeah it could be a good thing, HELP PLEASE, what do you think
Hi Peta, First of all I think your real name is a great name. Peta, it is easy to spell and remember. Before you change your name you may want to make sure people know your real name. I go by Desertmountainbear but my name Joanne Livingston is on my auctions, my website, my blog, I sign everything I write on here with Joanne, my last name is also included if you are not a member. If people know your name it won't matter what you call yourself, they will still be able to find you.
Thanks Lenora and Joanne, Yes I think people know my name Peta Smart, I have it on my site and my auctions etc and yes I do have a mailing list. Its a really hard decision as I do like my business name, its different but, I also feel there is neg behind it too, and And yeah I think as from the new year I am making a brand you start with my life,Over the next two weeks I am ridding everything in my house to make it mine, redecorating and then I am going away to qld for Christmas to release all the stress and anxiety, and coming back to a refreshed house and mind set, which I think a new business to start all over again will just go down well with it all. As my goal is to move on and take my art further I might even stay away from something with bears in the name.... Not sure BUT I do like my name Peta and it is different too, hhmmmm its hard, but Thanks ladies... xox
I like that idea a lot, Peta. And it makes it clear that Peta Smart is a name, not a state of mind. (I'm a linguist by training, so the first thing I see is an acronym, PETA, and an adjective that means "intelligent." That's a good meaning, and PETA is a well-meaning animal rights organization, but Peta Smart's Originals or something similar makes everything clear.)
Thanks Joanne, I think so too, it heaps with the direction i want to go with my art too, I could reg it as a domain and still have wazzabears.com both leading to the same site and could also have "formerly Wazzabears" on the site too, And keep the website similar in design so the changes are gentle to start with.
Thanks I really think it will be a positive change and a new start, You have me excited now :)
THANKS heaps xox
First, stay away from ANY name that has the least little bit of political connotation.
You may think some organization is good but at least fifty percent of the people in the world might not agree with you. By aligning your name with any known political organization, you alienate part of your customer base. This is not good. You are in business to make money by providing good products at fair prices, not to make political statements. In fact, I might even consider using an accent over your name so people don't confuse you with the organization... "Péta" or "Pëta" or what have you.
Second, you can change the name of your business on your website but you can still keep the domain name "Wazzabears." It is possible to repoint your original domain to a new site. You advertise your new domain name under a new URL and just change your website to whatever you think is appropriate. Then you also have your old domain name pointed to the new site. This way people can to to "www.petasmartoriginals.com" or "www.wazzabears.com" and they will both end up at the same website.
Just get in touch with the company that handles your domain registration. There may be an automatic, on-line way for you to just go and change it too. Depends on the company you registered with.
I too would not use Peta alone, here in the States it DEFINITELY stands for PETA - People for Ethical Treatment of Animals - and there are VERY strong factions on both side, for & against.
I Like Randy's suggestion of an accent mark, this may deflect any suggestion of a connection.
Of all of these ways of pronouncing the letter 'e', which is the one that is used to say your name? That addition alone to the e in Peta would be enough to break the eye from seeing 'PETA', which I always have when I see your name (though it has a lot to do with having 2 grandies who are vegan/vegetarians)
Even 'Peta Smart Originals' still doesn't define what it is that you do, though you may be choosing this non-connection on purpose, just as I did when I chose the trade name Creative Design Studio 45+ years ago, because it has covered me in my trained profession of cosmetologist, as well as the glass work that I've done, many other endeavors since and the more recent custom knitting and bear-work.
My website has the bear word in it, because it is specifically dedicated to bears: if I did another 'craft', I'd design another, second site. And if I had family to include, I'd put them onto another, different site or a blog, as I don't care for the combination of family with business.
It is a lot to consider, but you are absolutely correct in your thinking that this is the ideal time for changes.
Just go slowly and think them through for the long-term; don't do them retaliatory.
Good Luck to you - - and Happier Times in 2010 and Beyond!!!
This is strictly brainstorming...
How about using your initials?
Gosh! I hope your middle initial is "J"! Oh, that would be so cool!
How does this sound to you?
"P.J. Smart Bears"
Got a ring to it! Doesn't it?
And the domain, "pjsmartbears.com" is open too! :D
Plus, if your country requires you to register business with fictitious names, using your own name might help you bypass all that junk.
Just an idea...
What about just using "Peta Smart Art" has a nice ring to it and it's not to long, consider when doing business cards or banners. Keeps it short and simple and it's not just taking bears into account it's taking all the different creative things that you do.
Best of luck Peta, sounds like you are getting your life back and in order good for you, great way to start a whole new yr.
Wow Guys alot to think about, Thanks heaps, I was considering Peta Smart's art, as well as Peta Smart art designs, As I am studying visual arts at uni and majoring in sculpture and split minor in ceramics and glass, I want something that I can going in any direction with. I will still be sticking to animals But my goals are to expand on what I already do in major directions.
US BEARS - a little secret, NO way would I use my initials, LOL my middle name is nicole and my initials are PNS, Now sound that out........ HAHAHA A males private parts, HAHAH SO NO on that one.
You all have some great ideas, and thanks so much for the well wishes tooo, I really think if I am going to pick up my life and start fresh I do think my business name needs to change too.
So thanks again HEAPS and merry Christmas xoxox
I love the Pet-A-Bear. Nice play on your name and what you do. I think a change is always a good thing. Break from the past with a fresh start. I agree with those that have said add the new name and slowly stop using the old. I'm a graphic designer and I do this alot for my clients when they change company names. I would pick a new name for yourself, leave your current information alone for the moment, like your website etc. Except for changing the Top of your page from Wazzabears to the new name you have picked, in smaller writing add formerly Wazzabears. You might want to add the formerly wazzabears outside of the green and gold box you have there, but keep it clear enough so people realize it is the same person and company. Keep the colours and font the same if possible for the moment. Make the changes slowly and give people a chance to adjust to the change.
Hope it all goes well
i want to wish you lots of luck Peta and i think its good to change and start a new, the last thing you want is to be reminded of old bad times, just give yourself a change over time on your web name so people can find you.
great way to start your new year 'OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW YOU' times can be hard but think of all the new experiences you are going to have. i must say i met a great guy after lots of bad years and we have been together 14 years and got married 2 years ago and still very much inlove, so take you time in your new live.
HAVE FUN, find yourself,
big bear hugs to you
from Susan xx
Thanks Amber, for the advise, I was thinking of doing that slowly.... So people dont get confused,
Thanks Susan BIG HUGS xox, Dont worry, I am in no rush to meet anyone at the moment, I really want time out on my own, I have such a busy lifestyle with 4 kids, Uni and my business, I dont know where I would fit in any time to date someone LOL.
Thanks again everyone, you have made me very excited for the new year coming, By the way I am really liking "Peta Smart Studios", It keeps it open for me to make and creative not just bears but anything really.
Cheers all xox