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« on: April 24, 2007 03:43:35 PM »

I was wondering if anyone knows if it OK to use a nom de plume (a pen name) on the (craft business) web site I'm trying to build? My real name is Joanie McGuiness but it is so long and doesn't exactly have an artistic feel to it. I would like to use Joanie James instead. (My moms name is Joan too and my dads name was James so I thought it would be a good choice) But will this cause legal issues if I introduce myself on my website in the "about me" section as Joanie James. I haven't changed my name legally and have no intention of doing so. Any suggestions?
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2007 09:14:13 AM »

Dont know the legailty of it.

But I use a pen name as i HATE my reall name Smiley And i do so on my crafts too most of the time Smiley but i supose its like having a band name or a buisness name you coudl proably call yourslef what you like Cheesy

So will watch this post with interest!
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2007 09:21:08 AM »

I don't know the legality of it either, but I would think that you could call yourself whatever you like provided your business information is in your right (legal name).  I wouldn't think it wouldn't any different than using a nickname (e.g. if your name is Elizabeth Smith and you go by Liz Smith) or like people who don't change their name after marriage for professional reasons but refer to themselves as Mrs. Hislastname in social circles.

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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2007 09:22:47 AM »

The only problem I could possibly see is if someone wrote you a check made out to "Joanie James". (I like that name!)

If you don't take checks, you got no problem  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2007 01:29:00 PM »

If you file a dba as your new name, this does NOT cover your personal name, and if you're going to become this new person I can imagine there will be some sort of legal issues. You should ask a lawyer, IMO. Better to take care of the details now than dig out of a big mess later. You could always legally change your name, but if you're young you don't know this but you can in fact have regrets later.

« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2007 04:27:21 PM »

Cheque wise, over here you just talk to your bank, and its pretty simple, its just like having cheques cashed for a busness name or what ever Smiley

« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2007 06:02:08 PM »

I'm not really planning to take checks (I have already signed up with a service to take credit cards at shows using a touch tone cell phone) they will send the payments to my (Joanie McGuiness) bank account. So money matters are not the issue. I am also applying for my state sales tax # under my real name. I just want to use the Joanie James name on my web site and business cards. And I will be using "Seaside Gardens Decor" as my company name.

Craftychef you mentioned filing a dba as my new name. What is a dba. (I always pay careful attention to your posts you seem to have infinite knowledge in all crafting matters and have answered many of my questions through reading other peoples posts) 

Thanks every one for the help and I'm glad you like my nom de plume ScotSkipper402
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2007 05:57:10 AM »

A dba is "doing business as", which could also be called an assumed name or ficticious name. (It all depends on what your state decides to call it!) Filing one is usually around $25, and you have to publish the name in a legal paper (basically you place an ad). Believe me, once you file a name, you'll get tons of offers to publish. Take the cheapest one! Your local newspaper is probably way overpriced.

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