I just started offering social media marketing service for individuals, businesses.
just wondering if it's ok to call/introduce my self as xx social media marketing agency or firm when I'm not incorporated. I'm working out of my home office just running everything myself..
many thanks in advance!
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That said, it is not misleading to call a business a firm even with just one person in it. What you cannot do is misrepresent yourself in any way, such as calling yourself a corporation when you are not one, or having a name like Jones and Associates if you have no associates. Calling yourself an agency or a firm is simply labeling yourself as a business and nothing more.
Good luck to you.
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Yes, but you should file a dba (doing business as) with the county where you live.
As long as you don't hold yourself out to be a licensed talent agent or agency and file the necessary fictitious business name statement and get a business license you should be OK.
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I don't think you would have an issue calling your company an agency or firm.
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Calling yourself an agency or a firm is fine. What you cannot do is call yourself a corporation or an LLC or a partnership when you are not one of those. Also, even if you have a home based business, you need to get a business license in the city in which you do business. Make sure to register yourself as a dba. For example, John Doe dba xx social media marketing agency. Your company's bank accounts will also be named John Doe dba xx social media marketing agency. Good luck with your new endeavor! It will not hurt to get a good business attorney and a good CPA involved at the early stages of your company in order to help you avoid common mistakes small businesses make.
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