So one word that has described me for most of my life is indecisive. I don't know why, but I have the hardest time making decisions...big or small...no matter...I just can't make up my mind! I hem and haw...go over the pros and cons...and back again...ask everyone I know who will listen for their opinion...and anything else I can think of to put off making a decision. This comes to where to hang up a picture in my home...to what should I wear to this/that event...to my current question that I have been pondering for about a month now...
What should my business name be???
Ok...hear me out on this...my business is still very new (my website is under a year old, even though it feels like much longer that I have had it!). When I first decided to "open" my own e-commerce site, I had no idea what I was really getting myself into. I quickly picked a business name I thought I liked ("Alice's Looking Glass") and went with it....for a few months. I used variations of it a bit here and there over the next few months (including: "Alice's Looking Glass Studio" and then "Looking Glass Studio").
Then after about 4-5 months with those names...I did a complete overhaul of my site and the direction I wanted to go in...mainly choosing to focus on my first love...all things shabby and romantic ;). I spent days trying to think of a name that first of all wasn't taken (or so I thought!), and that fit with the "shabby chic" theme. I finally came up with...Faded Rose Cottage.
Well soon after changing my name...I stumbled upon an eBay seller going by the same name. She had been using this name long before I started, but I figured since she didn't have a website with the name, it would be okay. Then...later I came across another website "The Faded Rose"...a popular business that actually has two retail locations. So suffice it to say...now I am feeling very "unoriginal." Neither of these businesses have ever contacted me in regards to my business name. This is just a personal decision to respect their work/businesses that I am choosing to change.
I know it is impossible to be completely different/unique with a business...ideas...products...are always being reworked...redone in a "new" way, etc. I just can't help but thinking, however, that I would really love to have a business that is truly my own. One that really represents who I am, what I love and what I have to offer.
Now here's the problem...a decision needs to be made *insert my disgruntled face here*. I would very much like to change my business name within the next couple of months to something that will hopefully stick with me for a long time. I have some ideas...but am still trying *desperately* to come up with something I love!
I would like the name to reflect all aspects of my website...my web design/graphic work, my artwork, vintage & flea market finds, shabby cottage home decor items, etc. I would like the name to have a bit of whimsy...but not in a way that doesn't accurately represent me.
Perhaps I am making more of a big deal than is necessary...such is my nature! But I would sure appreciate any thoughts...advice...ideas...opinions you may have on the subject!
I plan on posting a poll soon with some names I am considering...to get some feedback on what everyone likes. I know I won't be able to please everyone no matter what I choose...I am just trying to make this HUGE decision a teensy bit easier for little ole' me!
Ok...enough rambling...onto some decorating fun!
I just posted a new "holiday" vignette from my home tonight! Many of you may have seen these photos if you have checked out my Flickr photos or viewed my "Holiday Home" blogs...but for those of you who haven't...head on over to check it out when you get a chance!