One of the first steps an artist makes when turning professional is to decide on a business name.
Below are some insights about naming your art business, with links to previous posts. Be sure to read the comments, which have terrific personal insight from other artists.
Choose a Name – Not Just Any Name
If you're a fine artist, use your name for your art business. That's all you need!
There are circumstances under which you might want to use a different name for your art business. In particular, you might use a DBA name for a service business (workshops, for instance) or for a production line of work.
Read these suggestions.
Other Artists Share Their Naming Experiences
I asked artists how they decided on their professional names. Read their insights. In particular, read about what women wrote. There is solid evidence that all women should use their maiden names.
Even though you select a name by which you would like to be known, it doesn't mean that careless people will abide by your wishes.
Sometimes, people make up their own names for you. Really.
Read about 2 artists' dilemmas. And my suggested way of handling such situations.