@happenclothing - I agree with @vega_box.. if you're serious, you need to go ahead and purchase all domains that can be used for that company name and also register it as a business. If you want to take a further step; get an LLC established, etc. The last and biggest, long drawn out process is trademarking. It takes a legal team and some work and time to get that to process but once you do; then you OWN it for sure.I see. Yeah, I've been looking into getting the LLC, just seems more of a safer option rather than putting it all on the line with a sole proprietorship.
Getting the LLC is quite easy, and is a much safer route than a sole proprietorship. Just in case anything happens like your business get's sued or you get in a car accident while doing business things, only your business is at fault and they can't go after your own assets. The only down side is you have to file annual taxes and re do your LLC every year. Also, once you are a registered entity it's best to probably go ahead and get a sales tax certificate so you don't have to pay taxes on your shirt blanks, screen printing, etc. But, this also means you have to charge sales tax which can kinda of be a bummer to customers and have to file quarterly taxes (which can be a real bitch if you don't do it in a timely manner). For example, we got our sales tax certificate a few quarters after we got the LLC and they tried to hit us with a $4,000 back tax charge but since we didn't have the certificate yet it was all good. As long as you stay up on your records and keep things organized and plan ahead you should be able to handle it. If you're just starting though I wouldn't rush into all of this unless you're 100% sure this is what you want to venture in and have done the research and will make this worth the work. Hope that helps.