“What’s In A Name?”
Well, some people seem to think that success itself is in a name.
Be it for your business, your website, your blog, your Etsy Shop, or your DOG…names are important.
While I don’t think a great name for your Etsy Shop will guarantee success (nor do I think a so-called “bad” name will doom you to failure), I do think that taking the time to put some thought into your shop name is time well spent.
Here are a few tips to help you pick out a new name.
A Good Name
- Should be easy to remember – something catchy
Is Short – try and avoid very long names more than 2 or 3 words
Is easy to spell – watt moore kin I saie?
- Communicates a message – who you are, what you do, your style.
- Can be trademarked
Cross Platform Branding
It’s a good idea to consider what other venues you might use to sell your lovingly handmade items, if any. If you’re going to (or already do) sell your wares at art festivals or craft shows, then you would be better served by using the same name in both places.
If you hope to have a website of your own at any point, you might want to see what domain name you can secure first. This could be important if you want your business to be free to offer some items that are not handmade, or even made by employees you hire.
If this is you, then you should start with a domain name first. The same ideas apply to selecting a web domain name.
You can check your ideas right here!
Once you find a domain name that you like and is available you can see if that name or something that works with it is available as an Etsy User Name. If you can get them both to match, then you’ll be in much better shape going forward, even if you don’t plan to build a website for some time.
We use Bluehost.com for our web-hosting and find them to be very good in pricing, service, and ease of use. You can register your domain name and set-up hosting with them very easily. Bluehost.com
Note: It’s been about five years since this post was written and we’re still very satisfied with Bluehost!.
Disclosure: When you sign-up with Bluehost you can also become an affiliate. Then when you refer people over, like we’re doing here, you get some grocery money! (thanks!)
Don’t Limit Yourself (unless you want to)
If you expect to sell the same limited range of products, such as pendants, for the entire life of your Etsy Shop, then you might want to include the word “pendants” in your name. If, on the other hand, you sell pendants now but would like to one day offer bracelets, rings, and jewelry boxes then you would want to come up with something that allows diversity.
At the end of the day, I think you’ll know when you’ve found a name that works for you when that name puts a smile on your face! I’ve named my share of businesses over the years and I’ve always found it to be a really enjoyable process. It’s like a birth when you come up with the name for your new business! Enjoy!