We offer all types of vehicle registration services and have Level 3 Accredited staff in our office to help you with all of your Alberta Corporate Registry needs. We can assist with:
- Trade Name or Partnership registration
- Annual Returns
- Corporation Name Changes
- Certificates of Status
- NUANS Searches
- Change of Directors, Shareholders and Addresses
- Alberta Incorporations and Extra-Provincial registrations
Tips for Registering an Online Business in Edmonton
Regardless of whether your business is big or small, it will need to be legal and registered. Here are some general tips for starting a business in Canada and registering an online business. All online businesses should be registered with the government. Someone at the registry office in your area should be able to answer your questions and help you, but before you register, there are some things to decide.
Where is the business?
You need to know your main address. Even if you are online, you still need a base of operations, no matter where it is.
What type of business is it?
Research the options in types of business and check the differences between them. Each has different regulations affecting what you will need to do. Are you a sole proprietorship, a corporation, a legal entity, or a partnership? The simplest is a sole proprietorship because the business is owned and operated by one person – you. If you just do business under your own legal name, you don’t need to register it. As an example, that means that you do business as John Doe, not John’s Hot Coffee Shop.
Choose a good name
Choose a catchy, clever and appropriate name for your business. Once you have chosen it, do a quick search at a registry office to see if anyone else is using it. Register it as you trade name so your competitors don’t wind up with the same, or similar name. Look at Facebook, social media handles on Twitter, and website addresses to see if it can be all yours and whether it already has a reputation. Check the national names databases as well. Your business name should reflect your business, and it should be easy to remember and pronounce. This is Canada, as well, so how will your business name sound in French if you decide to operate in Quebec? Before you register your online business, you will also need a domain name, a web host and a really good website. This is the online version of bricks and mortar. Remember that “.com” is an indicator that your website is a commercial one, but you might want to buy up “.ca”, and others, so that you can use them in the future, and so that there is no confusion.
Where are your clients?
Your home base may be in Alberta (or any other of the provinces or territories), but if you are selling online, your clients and customers may not be. The benefit to having an online business is that you can reach a wider audience. You will need to look into the laws and regulations affecting the provinces or territories where your customers live to make sure your business is compliant.
Trademark or logo
Registering your business shows proof of ownership. It says that the government recognizes you as being legally able to do business. If you feel your brand needs more protection, register a trademark, or logo along with the name.
Where can you register?
Your local Edmonton registry office will have the paperwork and will provide you with the advice and assistance that you need.