As a small business owner registering your company for the first time, you’ll first choose a structure for your entity from options like LLCs and corporations. During this process, you may come across one form in your secretary of state’s office for a “DBA.”
A DBA, otherwise known as “Doing Business As” is the name under which you operate and market. Business owners can use DBAs if the name they operate with is different than their legal name on file with the state.
Unfortunately, many business owners are confused about DBAs and how they compare to the legal name they provide on their registration forms.
In this article, we’ll provide everything you need to know about DBAs including how to get a DBA and the pros and cons of doing so. After reading this article, you should have a much clearer understanding of whether you need a DBA for your small business.