I am a new VA just starting out. I have a name that I came up with in 2011 when I first decided to go down this route (it didn’t work out for me at that time). This time I decided to use the same name, VPA Solutions. I have done many, many searches on the name and nothing has come up apart from a couple of parked domains. There are no listings on the National Business Register, Companies House, Trade Marks etc currently under this name. I have designed my logo, stationary and website/domain around the name. I have put a lot of time into my branding and have had no outside help.
Today when searching Google I came across another Business Administration based business called the same - it was not there yesterday! I have taken a look at their website and it is not very professional. It has been designed by a company who ask you to answer questions about what you do ie, fill in the blanks and they then produce a website for you. It is not a domain based around the name. There is no contact number and the contact email address is a personal one; as I said not very professional.
Back in 2011 when I first came up with the name I registered it with Companies House as a Ltd company (I am going down the sole trader route this time around). Is this enough to prove I came up with the name first? I can proved the 2011 Company listing is me despite it being in my maiden name.
I would welcome any advice you have. This is not what I wanted to encounter just as I am launching.